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Dayton, Tennessee

Dayton is a city located in Rhea County, Tennessee. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 6,180. It is the county seat of Rhea County6.

Dayton was the site of the Scopes Trial in 1925.


Dayton is located at 35°29'34" North, 85°0'47" West (35.492840, -85.013000)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.5 km² (6.4 mi²). 15.9 km² (6.1 mi²) of it is land and 0.6 km² (0.2 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 3.62% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 6,180 people, 2,323 households, and 1,558 families residing in the city. The population density is 389.3/km² (1,007.9/mi²). There are 2,492 housing units at an average density of 157.0/km² (406.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 90.70% White, 5.26% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.73% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.75% from other races, and 1.31% from two or more races. 3.12% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 2,323 households out of which 31.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.7% are married couples living together, 15.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 32.9% are non-families. 29.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 12.9% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.40 and the average family size is 2.95.

In the city the population is spread out with 23.5% under the age of 18, 16.0% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 86.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 82.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $26,542, and the median income for a family is $33,149. Males have a median income of $30,521 versus $22,144 for females. The per capita income for the city is $15,946. 16.9% of the population and 13.4% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 24.0% are under the age of 18 and 16.6% are 65 or older.