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Old 02-05-2007, 08:50 PM
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I think Columbus is a great fit for you. First of all, I'm pretty sure there are no areas around here that are dedicated to the confederacy. Secondly, your race will not be an issue around Columbus because it is a very accepting community. Though it is a large city, it gives off the warmth of a small town. I can' speak for Dayton because I've never lived there, but I have visited and I can say that transportation is definitely better in Columbus (an asset for a single mother). Columbus is also a younger city than Dayton in which case, you might not end up being a single mother forever. Columbus is also doing better demographically than Dayton. Good luck in choosing a location.
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Old 02-07-2007, 03:02 PM
Location: Wheeling, West Virginia
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^ I would also go to Columbus. The Dayton area economy is in pretty bad shape now and does not look to improve in the near future.
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Old 02-10-2007, 09:00 PM
Location: Pennsylvania
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I would suggest Columbus, hands down. I've lived in both cities, and Columbus beats Dayton in so many areas: jobs, diversity, and just overall civic pride. People in Columbus love being in/from Columbus, and it really rubs off on non-natives.
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Old 04-28-2007, 07:52 PM
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Columbus isn't much better then Dayton except in size both have beautiful suburbs and the poverty ridden areas both look like crap, People favor Columbus more because of the whole sports feel with Ohio State and maybe because it has a few more jobs, I'm from Dayton, OH and I also lived in Columbus and unless your dealing with a corporate job you will not see much change in the whole job area...

My advice: Dayton if you want to live in a less congested city with some nice clubs and beautiful suburban areas and very nice people.


Columbus if you don't mind a larger city with just as much to offer as the smaller city just with a heavier populated number of people a lot of traffic and pretty much the same nightlife environment.
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Old 04-28-2007, 07:54 PM
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oh and i know this thread is old but me being from Dayton and not seeing much positivity about the city i decided to just give my advice for anybody in this situation if it helps you in anyway, then i am happy i was able to do that if it doesn't maybe it will help the next person or just disregard it.
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Old 04-30-2007, 03:07 PM
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I am a life-long Dayton resident (although I'm relocating soon). My parents are as well. I live in the city of Dayton and what I can tell you is that be careful when moving to a city like Dayton. Someone said just move to the suburbs but my advice is that Columbus may be a better choice because of its economic growth in the city and outer areas as well. If you're considering long-term then consider a city that has growth in all areas because contrary to popular belief the city and all surrounding areas do NOT exist separately--they coexist. And eventually problems of the city can spread outward. In addition, I would like to live in a place where the city has interesting things to do and yet I can still feel safe.

Dayton is plagued by bad schools and a high crime rate. In the 80s and up to mid 90s I would have recommended the city to anyone but now I hesitate. Although, it is not some kind of terror zone by any means... given that you have the opportunity to start from scratch why not go to a city with the most potential?

Dayton is making some moves but seems as if leaders don't realize it starts with education and jobs. You cannot have much growth without the two and skimping on our kids is not the way to go.

Dayton is diverse but let me tell you that at one time it was reported (can't remember where) that it is one of the most segregated cities in the US. I guess it is changing somewhat but not by much. My mother is a homebased school teacher and has had people refuse her visits because of the color of her skin and a co-worker has had to take on a student that was initially assigned to her.

If you do decide to move here, Kettering is a good choice but see if you can visit the area first. Centerville is probably even better, farther south, and maybe even more expensive.

Since you want to avoid intown altogether I'll avoid giving you the lowdown of good neighborhoods to move into.
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