A new ranking by Realtor.com confirms what the residents of Dayton have long known: This city loves cars.
“Automobiles are in Dayton’s blood,” a release from the web site said Monday. “The first battery-operated car ignition was developed here 106 years ago, by Dayton Engineering Laboratories Co. Heck, even the country’s first speeding ticket was issued in Dayton in 1904 — but it did nothing to slow Daytonians from falling head over heels in love with cars, and everything about ‘em.”
Dayton is No. 5 on the web site’s list of the “best” cities for car lovers. Dayton falls just after Richmond Va. (ranked at No. 4) and before Denver (6).
“There are more car expos in Dayton than in just about any other city of comparable size,” the site says. “Among them is the Dayton Concours d’Elegance, a show that spotlights everything from early 1900s models to classics from the 1960s. Swing by the British Transportation Museum, where you can see more than 40 historical British vehicles, including a 1936 Austin Twenty Mayfair limousine, or America’s Packard Museum, named after the now-defunct luxury car maker.”
Topping the list of the worst cities for auto enthusiasts? New York City, Realtor.com maintains.
See the whole ranking here.
“For over 100 years, the automotive industry has played a large part in the city of Dayton, and in turn, we’ve made our mark on the history of the automobile,” Realtor.com quotes Kenny Brightman III — founder of Dayton Cars and Coffee, a local outpost of a network of car enthusiasts — as saying.
Dayton-centric auto statistics, according to Realtor.com:
Average number of vehicles per household: 1.8
Average gas price per gallon: $2.24
Households with three to five vehicles: 19.7 percent.
Median home price: $139,900
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