See population changes in every Dayton-area city: “If you’re not growing, you’re dying.’

Parkview Apartments along State Route 201 is one of the great reasons Huber Heights continues to grow. MARSHALL GORBY\STAFF

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Parkview Apartments along State Route 201 is one of the great reasons Huber Heights continues to grow. MARSHALL GORBY\STAFF

A detailed look at 2020 U.S. Census data shows growth in this region focused in two areas: Communities close to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and on the broad corridor between Cincinnati and Dayton.

Huber Heights, Fairborn and Beavercreek, all within an easy commute of Wright-Patt, are three of the five local cities that showed the most growth. The other two on the list are Kettering and Springboro.

Huber Heights added 5,338 residents. Its 14% gain was the largest in Montgomery County, which on the whole grew its population by a barely perceptible 0.4%.

“I think people are discovering what those of us who’ve been around for a long time have always known, that this is a great community to live in, it’s a great community to raise your family in and it’s a great community to own a business in,” Huber Heights Mayor Jeff Gore said. “If you’re not growing, you’re dying.”

Part of Huber Heights is in Miami County, which grew overall by 6.1%, making it the second-fastest growing county in the region.

Top 5 growing cities in Dayton region   
 20202010Population change
Huber Heights 43,439 38,101 5,338
Fairborn 34,510 32,352 2,158
Kettering 57,862 56,163 1,699
Springboro 19,062 17,409 1,653
Beavercreek 46,549 45,193 1,356
5 cities that lost most population   
Dayton 137,644 141,527 (3,883)
Trotwood 23,070 24,431 (1,361)
Riverside 24,474 25,201 (727)
Xenia 25,441 25,719 (278)
Miamisburg 19,923 20,181 (258)
Source: U.S. Census  

Miami County Commission President Gregory Simmons said the county’s overall quality of life – good schools and availability of good jobs – will probably continue drawing people.

Scott Falkowski, interim city manager for Huber Heights, and Simmons said those jobs at Wright-Patt and related logistics centers were major engines of growth. City investments in amenities such as the Rose Music Center also helped attract and hold residents, Falkowski said.

The influx is evident from a boom in home construction, he said.

“Over the past 10 years we have seen a lot of growth in the residential market at the north end of the city,” Falkowski said.

The city issued more than 200 new home permits both in 2019 and 2020 and as of Aug. 1 already had 210 this year. Newer developments include Artisan Walk, Carriage Trails, Lexington Place, Silver Oaks of Huber Heights and Windbrooke. New apartment buildings also brought new residents, Falkowski said.

“We’re expecting that 10 years from now, that number is going to keep increasing,” he said.

The same is underway now in Tipp City, Troy and West Milton, said Simmons, who’s also on the county zoning board.

“We’ve got builders building homes everywhere here,” he said.

Fairborn, east of Wright-Patt as Huber Heights is to the west, grew 6.7% by adding 2,158 residents.

“I think one of the reasons we see that kind of growth is our location,” City Manager Rob Anderson said – not just proximity to WPAFB, but also access to Interstate 675 and I-70.

Elected officials have made it easier to build houses in the city, and more events are bringing people there, Anderson said. He expects more growth on the city’s east side.

“We’re still adding quite a few houses each year,” Anderson said.

The biggest population losses among area cities came in Dayton and Trotwood. Dayton lost 2.7% of its population, or 3,883; while Trotwood lost 5.6%, or 1,361. Riverside, Xenia and Miamisburg also lost several hundred people each.

Judy Dodge, Montgomery County Commission president, said the Dayton area took several blows in the last few years, such as the Oregon District shooting, the effects of COVID-19, and destruction of housing by the 2019 tornado.

The downtown core is rebounding with new apartments, restaurants and the renovated Dayton Arcade, she said. And the city’s population loss was offset by strong growth in smaller surrounding towns to the north and east. That’s probably due to their easy access to I-70 and 75, Dodge said.

Trotwood Mayor Mary McDonald attributed her city’s population shifts to housing losses from the 2019 tornado that have not been replaced, and to the omission of hundreds of nursing home residents from the census count due to COVID-19 restrictions at the time.

Growth near Wright-Patt, however, was enough to boost Montgomery County as a whole to 0.4% growth.

To the south, Warren County population shot up by 13.9%, adding 29,644 people. One of its centers for growth is Springboro, which grew by 9.5%, or 1,653.

City Manager Chris Pozzuto credited quality of life for families as a reason for growth. Springboro is among the top-ranked cities in Ohio based on low taxes and good city services, he said.

“(Future) challenges are to maintain the best services we can and increase our tax base to maintain those services,” Pozzuto said. “The same way we did through our major growth spurt in the 1990s.”

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Springboro is growing, according to the 2020 census. JIM NOELKER/STAFF

Springboro is growing, according to the 2020 census. JIM NOELKER/STAFF

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Springboro is growing, according to the 2020 census. JIM NOELKER/STAFF

The second-fastest growing county in the region was Butler County, with population growth of 6.0%, or 22,227 people. Residents 18 and over grew by 8.5%, nearly twice the rate of that group for Ohio as a whole, said county Development Director David Fehr. That indicates people are moving in for jobs: from Butler County, one member of a household can commute to Cincinnati while another drives to Dayton, he said.

“We’re getting a lot of residential development in Liberty Township, West Chester Township and Fairfield Township,” Fehr said.

Most of the decade’s growth has been suburban, but Hamilton has increased its downtown living options, he said.

Overall, the current surge of development has been paced much more manageably than growth in the 1990s, Fehr said. While new and expanded services are serving the increased population, it hasn’t been a strain, he said.

Some places grew more than others from 2010 to 2020, but nowhere in the region could match the rate of Morrow.

The population of the village on U.S. 22 in Warren County swelled by 72.5% in the last decade — from 1,188 to 2,049, a jump of 861 people.

“This is primarily due to a large housing development, the Woodlands, in the southern part of the village,” Village Administrator Caroline Whitacre said in an email.

Morrow, founded as a railroad town on the Little Miami line, actually lost population during the previous census, she said. But that changed dramatically with the sale of a 400-acre farm to developers in 2004. Since then about 500 houses have gone up and another 300 are planned, Whitacre said.

“The Woodlands has brought an influx of new families and new vitality into Morrow,” she said. “The predominant comment I hear is that the new people in Morrow want to get away from the city bustle and want a less crowded and more peaceful lifestyle.”

The former rail line is now part of the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail. But the increased population, while increasing the tax base, also brought more traffic and greater demand for services, Whitacre said. As a result, the water system is getting a $2 million upgrade.

Dayton-area population changes from 2010-2020    
Name2,0202,010Change% change
Adams Twp.3,3433,441-98-2.8%
Allen Twp.1,0081,098-90-8.2%
Brown Twp.2,0562,073-17-0.8%
Butler Twp.1,4551,535-80-5.2%
Franklin Twp.1,2101,241-31-2.5%
Greenville Twp.17,15917,613-454-2.6%
Harrison Twp.2,1642,255-91-4.0%
Jackson Twp.2,6682,876-208-7.2%
Liberty Twp.9861,071-85-7.9%
Mississinawa Twp.688752-64-8.5%
Monroe Twp.1,6471,735-88-5.1%
Neave Twp.2,1982,330-132-5.7%
New Madison840892-52-5.8%
New Weston124136-12-8.8%
North Star224236-12-5.1%
Patterson Twp.1,4521,365876.4%
Richland Twp.820841-21-2.5%
Twin Twp.4,2494,0601894.7%
Van Buren Twp.1,5281,469594.0%
Wabash Twp.909887222.5%
Washington Twp.1,2861,325-39-2.9%
Wayne Lakes693718-25-3.5%
Wayne Twp.4,4914,48920.0%
York Twp.5645036112.1%
Darke County51,88152,959-1,078-2.0%
Bath Twp.39,36539,392-27-0.1%
Beavercreek Twp.56,02552,1563,8697.4%
Caesarscreek Twp.1,1851,137484.2%
Cedarville Twp.5,8995,5003997.3%
Jefferson Twp.1,1191,254-135-10.8%
Miami Twp.4,9334,7901433.0%
New Jasper Twp.2,6392,568712.8%
Ross Twp.818750689.1%
Silvercreek Twp.3,7323,738-6-0.2%
Spring Valley Twp.2,4782,581-103-4.0%
Spring Valley415479-64-13.4%
Sugarcreek Twp.9,5348,0411,49318.6%
Xenia Twp.6,7426,5372053.1%
Yellow Springs3,6973,4872106.0%
Greene County167,966161,5736,3934.0%
Bethel Twp.4,7584,843-85-1.8%
Brown Twp.1,5851,595-10-0.6%
Concord Twp.31,41730,3531,0643.5%
Elizabeth Twp.1,6861,648382.3%
Lostcreek Twp.1,6061,676-70-4.2%
Ludlow Falls175208-33-15.9%
Monroe Twp.16,11415,5535613.6%
Newberry Twp.6,3956,449-54-0.8%
Newton Twp.3,5163,3991173.4%
Pleasant Hill1,2411,200413.4%
Springcreek Twp.2,1441,94819610.1%
Staunton Twp.2,4392,09034916.7%
Tipp City10,2749,6895856.0%
Union Twp.9,5699,871-302-3.1%
Washington Twp.1,5031,576-73-4.6%
West Milton4,6974,630671.4%
Miami County108,774102,5066,2686.1%
Butler Twp.8,2697,8943754.8%
Clay Twp.8,8768,847290.3%
German Twp.8,7478,4293183.8%
Harrison Twp.21,81422,397-583-2.6%
Huber Heights43,43938,1015,33814.0%
Jackson Twp.6,0766,335-259-4.1%
Jefferson Twp.5,8556,972-1,117-16.0%
Miami Twp.52,15650,7351,4212.8%
New Lebanon3,7963,995-199-5.0%
Perry Twp.5,8485,999-151-2.5%
Union City Twp.6,8116,3694426.9%
Washington Twp.61,68256,6075,0759.0%
West Carrollton13,12913,143-14-0.1%
Montgomery County537,309535,1532,1560.4%
College Corner387407-20-4.9%
Dixon Twp.56856710.2%
Gasper Twp.3,9113,90920.1%
Gratis Twp.4,2244,408-184-4.2%
Harrison Twp.4,3054,594-289-6.3%
Israel Twp.1,1311,169-38-3.3%
Jackson Twp.1,1411,190-49-4.1%
Jefferson Twp.3,2263,309-83-2.5%
Lanier Twp.3,7273,853-126-3.3%
Monroe Twp.2,0842,258-174-7.7%
New Paris1,4941,629-135-8.3%
Somers Twp.3,8293,992-163-4.1%
Twin Twp.2,6692,790-121-4.3%
Washington Twp.1,8091,824-15-0.8%
West Alexandria1,3341,340-6-0.4%
West Elkton164197-33-16.8%
West Manchester415474-59-12.4%
Preble County40,99942,270-1,271-3.0%
Clearcreek Twp.36,23830,2655,97319.7%
Deerfield Twp.40,52536,0594,46612.4%
Franklin Twp.31,67630,3121,3644.5%
Hamilton Twp.30,58723,5567,03129.8%
Harlan Twp.4,9294,6982314.9%
Massie Twp.1,1951,141544.7%
Pleasant Plain129154-25-16.2%
Salem Twp.5,2154,38982618.8%
South Lebanon6,3844,1152,26955.1%
Turtlecreek Twp.17,64415,1432,50116.5%
Union Twp.6,2514,6961,55533.1%
Washington Twp.2,7522,717351.3%
Wayne Twp.8,6588,1804785.8%
Warren County242,337212,69329,64413.9%
*** Some township populations include incorporated areas from adjacent cites.     
Source: U.S. Census Bureau   

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