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The town of Dayton is located in Rockingham County<1>.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Dayton, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1851.

When the people of Dayton refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Daytonian<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Dayton has a population of 1,641 people<3> (see below for details).

Dayton is 1,210 feet [369 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Dayton lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

The telephone area code for Dayton: (540)

The ZIP code for Dayton: 22821<5>

Websites for Dayton ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Dayton had an population of 1,641 people. This is an increase of 7.25% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 22.1% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Dayton had a population of 1,530 people. This makes Dayton the county's 5th most populous community.

The population of Dayton represents 0.02% of the population of Virginia (which has 8,001,024 people), making it the state's 110th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 1,530 people, the population of Dayton increased 13.84% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 1,344 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Dayton.

Communities Also Named Dayton ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 49 communities that are also named Dayton - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Idaho, Illinois (2), Indiana, Iowa (3), Kansas (7), Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan (2), Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri (2), Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Nova Scotia, Ohio (2), Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania (2), Tennessee, Texas, Washington (3), West Virginia (2), Wisconsin and Wyoming.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Dayton.

Communities near Dayton ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Dayton.

  • Harrisonburg
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the northeast)
  • Staunton
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the south)
  • Broadway
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast)
  • Elkton
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elkton
    • Elkton is located in Rockingham County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,914 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Elkton <6>
  • Grottoes
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the southeast)
  • Timberville
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast)
  • Shenandoah
    (18 miles [29 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shenandoah have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shenandoah
    • Shenandoah is located in Page County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,334 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Shenandoah <6>
  • Mount Crawford
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the south)
  • New Erection
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for New Erection
    • New Erection is located in Rockingham County
  • North River
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North River
    • North River is located in Rockingham County

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Dayton. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Dayton.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Dayton. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Dayton.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Dayton. See our Newspapers Page for Dayton.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Dayton ...

Looking for more information about Dayton? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Dayton, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Dayton.

Adding Dayton to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Dayton in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Dayton was in the book titled Table of U.S. Post Offices in the United States (Jan. 1851).

We also found Dayton in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Dayton.

The official website for Dayton:

The official website for Rockingham County:

The official website for State of Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Virginia's counties, including Rockingham, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Dayton refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a town's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Dayton may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Dayton.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Dayton - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a town (such as Dayton). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Dayton or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.


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