Dayton, Tennessee

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Dayton is a city in Rhea County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 6,180 at the 2000 census. The Dayton, TN, Urban Cluster, which includes developed areas adjacent to the city and extends south to Graysville, Tennessee, had 9,050 people in 2000. Dayton is the county seat of Rhea County[3].

Dayton was the site of the Scopes Trial in 1925 dealing with the creation–evolution controversy. Bishop Joseph Aloysius Durick was born in Dayton on Oct. 13, 1914. Author Rachel Held Evans resides in Dayton and writes about the town in the spiritual memoir Evolving in Monkey Town.



Dayton is located at 35°29′34″N 85°00′47″W / 35.492840°N 85.013000°W / 35.492840; -85.013000 (35.492840, -85.013000).[4]

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


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,180 people, 2,323 households, and 1,558 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,007.9 people per square mile (389.3/km2). There were 2,492 housing units at an average density of 406.4/sq mi (157.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 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. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.12% of the population.

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