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Where else can you find the ease and convenience of a small-town experience, with all the advantages of big-city living? Dayton and Cincinnati provide all the amenities of metropolitan living while a collection of small communities nestled between the two cities offers an abundance of housing choices for singles, couples, and families.


The Dayton area has much to offer Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) employees and their families. Known for affordable housing and attractive neighborhoods, the area boasts several of Ohio's top-ranked school systemsshort commutes, and easy access to a variety of recreation, sports, cultural arts, and other entertainment.

Home of the Wright brothers and other inventors who sparked the industrial boom of the 20th century, Dayton gained prominence as a manufacturing center. Today the area is increasingly known for its expertise in engineering and information technology.

In the field of higher education, Dayton claims more than its share of highly regarded colleges and universities—resources that add vitality to the region's business and industry.


Middletown is conveniently located on I-75, halfway between Cincinnati and Dayton. It’s one of Ohio’s most livable cities, with a growing mix of business and services, a strong focus on education and an impressive commitment to arts and culture. Home to the Atrium Medical Center campus, Middletown offers a range of top-quality medical care for members of the community.

Here you can enjoy many big-city amenities without sacrificing the slower pace and traditional values of a smaller community. Yet you can take in a major league baseball or football game, dine in a four-star restaurant, catch an award-winning theatrical production, or jump on a flight to Europe…all within about a 30-minute drive.


For those who don’t mind a bit longer commute, the northern suburbs of Cincinnati provide an attractive option for MVH employees and their families. Cincinnati offers the perfect combination of a vibrant metropolitan area coupled with inviting and affordable neighborhoods. This 15-county region offers excellent public and private schools, professional and college-level sports teams and world-class options for recreationentertainment, and cultural arts.

Cincinnati is easy to navigate, with three main interstates and multiple connectors, helping to ensure short commutes for Cincinnati residents. The area also boasts some of the best colleges and universities in the region, such as the University of Cincinnati and Miami University. With 10 Fortune 500 companies, one of the world’s best international airports, and thousands of thriving businesses, Cincinnati has truly earned its reputation as the Queen City.

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Do you enjoy the historic elegance of century-old homes? The solitude of a wooded country lot? Or is suburban, contemporary living more your style? No matter what your preference, you’ll find an abundance of choices in the 12 counties that make up the southwest Ohio area.

The Dayton area offers an eclectic range of neighborhoods. There are charming downtown historic districts such as Huffman, Oregon, and St. Anne’s Hill, and suburbs rich with history and tradition, like Centerville and Miamisburg. For those with more contemporary tastes, you’ll find newly developed areas springing up to respond to the region’s economic growth in several key industries. The benefits of Dayton-area living received national recognition when the city of Beavercreek was declared a winner of the Money Magazine Best Places to Live 2007 and selected as one of the Top 100 cities in America—one of only six Ohio cities to receive this honor!

Dayton is not your only option for finding the perfect neighborhood, however. Discover the Midwestern charm of towns like Lebanon, where stately historic homes flank a picture-perfect town square with an old-fashioned soda shop and Ohio’s oldest inn, the Golden Lamb. Or Springboro—a safe, clean, family-friendly community with an appealing blend of old homes and new construction. Or Middletown—one of southwest Ohio’s best-kept secrets, where residents enjoy a quality of life seldom found in larger cities.

It’ll take a little longer to get to and from work, but fast-growing Mason and West Chester are worth considering. Both of these northern Cincinnati suburbs are progressive areas with beautiful neighborhoods, outstanding schools, great shopping, and recreation opportunities.

For a closer look at all the cities in the Southwest Ohio area, use the interactive area mapOff Site Icon.

You’ll find more information about the region’s communities here:

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Excellent school systems—public and private, suburban and urban—make southwest Ohio a great place to raise a family. With so many diverse communities close by, children benefit from a wealth of educational opportunities from preschool to high school.

Primary and Secondary Education


  • Beavercreek City SchoolsOff Site Icon - Located approximately 15 minutes east of downtown Dayton, with campuses from elementary through high school.
  • Bellbrook-Sugarcreek SchoolsOff Site Icon – From elementary through high school, campuses are located southeast of Dayton.
  • Centerville City SchoolsOff Site Icon – Located approximately 20 minutes south of Dayton, with elementary through high school education.
  • Dayton City SchoolsOff Site Icon – From elementary through high school, campuses are located throughout the city of Dayton.
  • Oakwood City SchoolsOff Site Icon  – Just south of the hospital campus, Oakwood schools consist of three elementary schools, one junior high, and one high school.
  • Northmont City SchoolsOff Site Icon – Located in Englewood northwest of the city, with campuses from elementary through high school.
  • Springboro City SchoolsOff Site Icon - Located approximately 10 minutes north of Middletown, Springboro's schools consist of three elementary schools, one junior high, and one high school.
  • Vandalia-Butler City SchoolsOff Site Icon – Located approximately 10 minutes north of Dayton, Vandalia’s schools consist of three elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school.


  • Chaminade Julienne Catholic High SchoolOff Site Icon – A coeducational Catholic high school located in downtown Dayton that offers education in grades nine through 12 and attracts students from throughout the region
  • Dayton Christian SchoolsOff Site Icon – With campuses located in Dayton, Miamisburg, and Xenia, Dayton Christian Schools offer classes for kindergarten through 12th grade, including homeschool and special education programs.
  • The Miami Valley SchoolOff Site Icon – The only independent, college-preparatory school in the Dayton area, The Miami Valley School serves students from early childhood to grade 12.

Vocational Schools

If your family is looking for something other than the traditional high school curriculum, one of our local vocational programs may be right for you.

Colleges and Universities

In addition to a variety of primary and secondary schools, several of the nation's top colleges and universities are within an hour’s drive of the southwest Ohio area.

Community Colleges

  • Cincinnati State Technical and Community CollegeOff Site Icon - More than 100 associate degrees, majors, and certificate programs await students at Cincinnati State. Many of these programs lead to high-tech careers or a four-year degree.
  • Sinclair Community CollegeOff Site Icon - Sinclair offers high-quality education at the lowest cost in Ohio. The campus, located in downtown Dayton, offers university transfer classes, direct-to-work career programs, custom training classes for business workers, and a variety of conferences and seminars.

Four-Year Universities

  • Central State UniversityOff Site Icon - Central State is Ohio's only public historically black university. Located in Wilberforce, Central State offers bachelor's degrees, as well as some graduate programs.
  • Miami University (Oxford)Off Site Icon - Miami University offers undergraduate and graduate programs, including doctoral programs, on a beautiful campus in Oxford, Ohio. The university also offers regional campuses in MiddletownOff Site Icon and Hamilton.
  • University of DaytonOff Site Icon - UD is one of the 10 largest Catholic universities and Ohio's largest private university. It offers more than 70 academic programs in arts and sciences, business administration, education and allied professions, engineering, and law.
  • University of CincinnatiOff Site Icon - Each year, this public, comprehensive university graduates 5,000 students. It offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in many fields.
  • Wilberforce UniversityOff Site Icon - Founded in 1856, Wilberforce University is the nation's oldest, private African-American university. The university offers a variety of majors in Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees.
  • Wright State UniversityOff Site Icon - Wright State University is a public university located in Dayton. The university offers more than 100 undergraduate and 50 PhD, graduate, and professional degrees.
  • Xavier UniversityOff Site Icon - Founded in 1831, Xavier University is a private coeducational university located in Cincinnati. Xavier provides a liberal arts education in the Catholic Jesuit tradition.

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Cost of living

With all the southwest Ohio area has to offer, it is still one of the most affordable locations in the country to live and raise a family. Here is how the region compared with other selected metropolitan areas in a cost-of-living index measured by the Council for Community and Economic Research (formerly ACCRA).

Cost of Living Index—Selected Metro Areas




Houston, TX



Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN



Atlanta, GA



Dayton-Springfield, OH



Indianapolis, IN



Cleveland-Lorain-Elyria, OH



Pittsburgh, PA



Louisville, KY&



Denver, CO



Chicago, IL



Miami, FL



Boston, MA



Washington, DC



San Francisco, CA



New York, NY




  United States Average Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN
Composite 100.0 91.9
Groceries 100.0 91.9
Housing 100.0 83.0
Utilities 100.0 95.2
Transport. 100.0 91.9
Health Care 100.0 94.7
Misc. 100.0 98.4

ACCRA Cost of Living Survey, 4th Quarter 2006
The survey measures relative price levels for consumer goods and services in participating areas. The index reflects cost differentials for a mid-management standard of living. Taxes are excluded. To order a complete survey, contact ACCRA at (703) 998-3540, or visit their websiteOff Site Icon 

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