About Dayton, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio—the Gem City—is the sixth largest city in the state, known the world over as the birthplace of modern aviation. Founded in 1796 as a trade center that helped spread settlements across the American Midwest, the city would later produce prominent artists and inventors, such as Paul Laurence Dunbar, Charles Kettering and the Wright Brothers.
Through the twentieth century, Dayton grew from a manufacturing center to a hub of health care, aerospace and defense research, with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, one the U.S. Air Force's largest bases, being officially organized in 1948. Today, Dayton continues to grow as a world leader in aerospace technology research and innovation.