Downtown Dayton is the central business district of Dayton, Ohio. Major reinvestment in the downtown area began heavily in the mid-1990s and continues today with $2 billion in residential, commercial, health, and transportation developments that have or are taking place in the downtown area.

While much of the city’s population decamped to surrounding suburbs in the second half of the 20th century, downtown Dayton has begun to gain population again since the early 2000s with a 96-98 percent housing occupancy rate. Downtown Dayton is home to 42,000 employees, 2,000 residents, and more than 7 million yearly visitors. It is also becoming one of the most technology-oriented and high-tech-friendly downtowns in the United States. Bed Bug Exterminator Dayton

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Entertainment in the downtown Dayton area is diverse. Downtown is home to the Dayton Art Institute, a fine arts museum with collections containing more than 20,000 objects spanning 5,000 years of art and archaeological history. The Dayton Art Institute was rated one of the top 10 best art museums in the United States for children. Along with the Dayton Art Institute, other arts are in the downtown area. The Dayton Region ranked 33rd in the nation out of 373 metropolitan areas in arts and culture.

The Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center in downtown Dayton is a world-class performing arts center and the home venue of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Ballet. In addition to Philharmonic and Opera performances, the Schuster Center hosts concerts, lectures, and traveling Broadway shows and is a popular spot for weddings and other events. The historic Victoria Theatre, located in downtown Dayton, hosts concerts, traveling Broadway shows, ballet, a summertime classic film series, and more. The Loft Theatre, also located downtown, is the home of the Human Race Theatre Company.

Downtown Dayton is the home of the Dayton Ballet, one of the oldest professional dance companies in the United States. The Company runs the Dayton Ballet School, the oldest dance school in Dayton, OH and one of the oldest in the country. It is the only ballet school in the Miami Valley associated with a professional dance company. Additionally, Dayton is home to the Gem City Ballet and Progressive Dance Theater, companies in residence at the Pontecorvo Ballet Studio.


Downtown Dayton is considered one of Ohio’s best nightlife districts. It is home to over 70 nightclubs and over 130 restaurants/bars. Most of the nightlife is concentrated near the Oregon District, Fire Blocks District, and around the Ballpark (Webster Station). Downtown Dayton has an eclectic choice of sports bars, raves, lounges, pubs, musical bars, and holes in the wall. One of the most popular clubs is Club Masque, a gay-friendly bar near the Fire Blocks District, home to four LGBT-friendly clubs and businesses. Many local bands also play at pubs and musical bars in the Oregon District.

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