Behind all the hoopla about the hockey arena and "Greater Downtown" is the reality that Dayton is a shrinking city at the center of a stagnant metropolitan area. If one has been following this blog over the past year and half one will know all about this as 'emptying out of the city is recurrent theme (and check the thumbnail pic to the left for a sample of board-up land). Though we think of this as an city issue, take a drive out Salem Road or down Kauffman in Fairborn to see how suburban shopping centers have gone vacant, too.
This "news" is now national as Forbes has ranked Dayton as Americans 5th emptiest city based on homeowner and rental vacancy rates.
No. 5: Dayton, Ohio
Rental Vacancy Rate: 21.7% (second)
Home Vacancy Rate: 3.6% (tied, 15th)
Average Rank: 8.5The other 4 are
1. Las Vegas
(the tie was for housing vacancy was with Cincinnati and Charlotte)