Wiki wiki Dayton

Writing this blog has me walking a fine line between convincing Americans that we enjoy it here, and convincing South Africans that we miss home and are definitely coming back. So I thought it is about time I give you an overview of Dayton, Ohio, just so you know exactly what kind of a place this is:

We live in the city of Centerville, which is part of Montgomery County, which is one of four Counties in the Dayton Metropolitan Area. Montgomery County contains cities such as Centerville, Kettering, Dayton and Oakwood - these are where we spend most of our time.

Montgomery County stats
Population: 559,062 (as per 2000 census)
Population Density: 468/km² (1,211/sq mi)
Area: 1,203 km² (464 sq mi )

Centerville stats
Population: 22,821
Area: 10,8 sq. mi. 
The median age for residents in Centerville, OH is 44.8 (this is older than average age in the U.S.) 

To put that into perspective, let us compare this with the Tshwane and Joburg Metros, in Gauteng, South Africa:
Tshwane Metro stats
Population:  2,345,908 (as per 2009 census) 
Population Density:  856/km2 (2,217/sq mi)
Area: 1,644 km2 (634.8 sq mi) 

Johannesburg Metropolitan Area (incl. Ekurhuleni, Soweto and the West Rand)
Population: 10,267,700   

Johannesburg city
Population:  3,888,180 
Area: 1,644.94 km2 (635.1 sq mi)

Joburg and Tshwane is growing like wheatgrass in a health shop. Dayton is not, it is shrinking.

In other words, we don't live in a bustling, crazy city like New York or Jozi. This place is quiet. There is no traffic on a friday afternoon that causes you to only get home after 2.5 hours. You say bliss, I say a bit boring.

So bare with me as we explore Dayton and surrounds and find interesting/funny/freaky things to share. Quiet, pleasant, peaceful Dayton, where squirrels run free and graveyards have no fences. That is the point of this blog after all.
A street near our home
Downtown Dayton
Near Downtown Dayton
Oakwood, a Desperate Housewives type of neighbourhood

 Please note all statistics listed are as per Wikipedia, so they are probably wrong, but it gives you the idea. 



  1. sounds like you've had some grumblings?! which is strange, considering you are only documenting your journey from your perspective, and this is a personal blog not the UN...I personally enjoy every bit of it - without any doubt that you are loving the adventure or still Souf-Efrican at heart. So don't worry too much about grumblings -those that know you have no doubts!

  2. Don't you just love the traffic lights and electrical wires hanging about looking really shitty? Oh and I live in a Montgomery County too!


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