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Kettering, Ohio
City of Kettering
Aerial view, centered on Kettering Fairmont High School
Aerial view, centered on Kettering Fairmont High School
Flag of Kettering, Ohio
Official seal of Kettering, Ohio
"Live Work Play"
Location in Montgomery County and the state of Ohio
Location in Montgomery County and the state of Ohio
Country United States
State Ohio
Counties Montgomery, Greene
 • Total 18.73 sq mi (48.50 km2)
 • Land 18.69 sq mi (48.41 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.09 km2)
1,007 ft (307 m)
 • Total 56,163
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,934.83/sq mi (1,133.16/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
45409, 45419, 45420, 45429, 45430, 45432, 45439, 45440, 45459
Area code(s) 937, 326
FIPS code 39-40040
GNIS feature ID 1048887

Kettering is a city in Montgomery and Greene counties in the U.S. state of Ohio. Almost entirely in Montgomery County, it is an inner suburb of Dayton, Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 58,453, making it the largest suburb in Dayton metropolitan area.


The area where the city of Kettering now lies was settled from the late 1700s to the mid-1800s, largely as farmland. The population in the area started to grow, prompting the creation of (now defunct) Van Buren Township in 1841. In November 1952, township voters approved incorporating as the Village of Kettering. (In 1953, the western portion of the village voted to secede, forming a new township, which is now the City of Moraine). By 1955, the village's population had grown to 38,118, which qualified it to claim city status, with the official proclamation by the state on June 24. The city is named for inventor Charles F. Kettering, who resided here in his home, Ridgeleigh Terrace, from 1914 until his death in 1958. Charles Kettering is known for his numerous inventions and contributions to the Dayton area.

From the 1950s to the 1970s, Kettering's population continued to grow, adding more than 30,000 residents. This growth was due in part to the many people who started migrating out of nearby Dayton after World War II. Since the 1980s, Kettering has seen a slow decline in population because of an aging population and loss of manufacturing jobs.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.72 square miles (48.48 km2), of which 18.68 square miles (48.38 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.

The city is bordered by Dayton, Riverside, and Oakwood to the north; West Carrollton and Moraine to the west; Miami Township to the southwest; Centerville and Washington Township to the south; and Beavercreek and Sugarcreek Township to the east.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 54,462
1970 69,599 27.8%
1980 61,223 −12.0%
1990 60,569 −1.1%
2000 57,502 −5.1%
2010 56,163 −2.3%
2020 57,862 3.0%

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 56,163 people, 25,427 households, and 14,979 families living in the city. The population density was 3,006.6 inhabitants per square mile (1,160.9/km2). There were 27,602 housing units at an average density of 1,477.6 per square mile (570.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.6% White, 3.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.3% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.1% of the population.

There were 25,427 households, of which 26.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.4% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.1% were non-families. 34.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.83.

The median age in the city was 40.9 years. 21% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.6% were from 25 to 44; 27% were from 45 to 64; and 18% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.7% male and 52.3% female.

City services

The Kettering Fire Department is responsible for fire protection in the city. The department has a total of six operational stations and is staffed by 54 career and 50 volunteer firefighters. The fire department is currently undergoing a transformation to reduce the number of stations to five. One station is currently being built on Far Hills Ave, one will be located on the corner of East David Rd. and Hempstead Station Drive. The three others are in the planning stage.

Police protection is provided by the Kettering Police Department which comprises 83 sworn officers. The police department is the only agency of its size with a dual accreditation from both the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections.


The fountains and administrative building for Fraze Pavilion

Kettering has 20 parks totaling 284 acres (1.15 km2) and is home to the Fraze Pavilion, a major outdoor entertainment venue that also hosts the summer concerts of the Dayton Philharmonic.

The new James S. Trent Arena, with seating for 3,300 for concerts and commencements and 3,650 for championship sporting events is on the campus of Fairmont High School.

Skate Plaza, a 40,000-square-foot (3,700 m2) skateboard park that opened in 2005, was a collaboration between the City of Kettering and Rob Dyrdek, a professional skateboarder who grew up in Kettering.

Rosewood Arts Center, formerly an elementary school, now hosts 100,000 visitors a year with art classes, exhibitions, an art gallery and the Art on the Commons festival.

The Town and Country Shopping Center is a small, part enclosed and part open-air, mall located in the heart of Kettering near the intersection of Far Hills Ave. and Stroop Rd.

Sister cities

Surrounding communities


The Kettering City School District includes Kettering Fairmont High School, two middle schools (Van Buren and Kettering), and eight elementary schools (Beavertown, Greenmont, Indian Riffle, J.E. Prass, J.F. Kennedy, Oakview, Orchard Park, and Southdale).

On the 2009–2010 Ohio report card, Kettering schools met all 26 state standards in testing, attendance and graduation rates earning the state's highest category, Excellent with Distinction.

Kettering is also home to several private schools—Alexandria Montessori School, Archbishop Alter High School, Ascension School, Emmanuel Christian Academy, St. Albert The Great School, and St. Charles Borromeo School.

Kettering College offers two-year and four-year degrees in several disciplines including Nursing, Sonography, Radiology Technology, Respiratory Therapy, and Human Biology; with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) and an Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD).

The Modern College of Design offers two-year degrees in graphic design.

The international headquarters of the Driving Schools Association of the Americas (DSAA) is located in Kettering. The DSAA is one of the largest organizations in the world for the education of vehicle drivers and plays a significant educational role in improving road safety.

Kettering has two public libraries, both branches of the Dayton Metro Library.

Notable people

  • Richard Black, commercial artist and landscape painter, creator of the Mr. Clean mascot
  • Chris Borland, NFL linebacker
  • Tony Campana, MLB player
  • Nancy Cartwright, voice of Bart on The Simpsons
  • Brooklyn Decker, Sports Illustrated model
  • Rob Dyrdek, professional skateboarder, MTV personality
  • Tony P. Hall, member of the U.S. House of Representatives and ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization
  • A. J. Hawk, NFL linebacker
  • Brady Hoke, defensive coordinator for the University of Oregon
  • Jeff Long, vice chancellor and director of athletics at the University of Arkansas, first chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee
  • Jim Paxson, NBA player and general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • John Paxson, NBA player and executive vice president of basketball operations for the Chicago Bulls
  • Ted Rall, editorial cartoonist and columnist
  • Kim Richey, songwriter and singer
  • Chris Rolfe, Major League Soccer player
  • Gary Sandy, actor, star of comedy series WKRP in Cincinnati
  • Sherri Saum, Daytime Emmy-nominated actress
  • Malik Zaire, college Quarterback
  • Andrew Chafin, Major League Pitcher

See also

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