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Trotwood, Ohio
Trotwood Railroad Station
Trotwood Railroad Station
Location in Montgomery County and the state of Ohio.
Location in Montgomery County and the state of Ohio.
Country United States
State Ohio
County Montgomery
 • Total 30.51 sq mi (79.02 km2)
 • Land 30.49 sq mi (78.96 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
840 ft (260 m)
 • Total 24,431
 • Estimate 
 • Density 800.44/sq mi (309.05/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s) 937, 326
FIPS code 39-77504
GNIS feature ID 1061709

Trotwood is a city in Montgomery County, Ohio, United States and is a suburb of Dayton.

The population was 24,431 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is served by the Trotwood-Madison City School District.


Trotwood was originally called Higgins Station, and under the latter name was platted in 1854.

The Village of Trotwood was incorporated in 1901 from portions of Madison Township (the township itself was established in 1809); in 1996 the village and township merged into a single political entity. This merger resulted in the creation of a Trotwood neighborhood (Townview) that is completely surrounded by the City of Dayton. Several smaller sections are attached to Trotwood by only a roadway or a small strip of land. The merger also added a large rural area to this suburban community consisting of farms, golf courses, and large rural estates.


Trotwood is located at 39°47′41″N 84°17′24″W / 39.79472°N 84.29000°W / 39.79472; -84.29000 (39.794807, -84.289892).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 30.50 square miles (78.99 km2), of which 30.49 square miles (78.97 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

Wolf Creek, a tributary of the Miami River, runs through Trotwood providing fishing and many scenic areas. Also along Wolf Creek is the only state park in Montgomery County. The 3,000-acre (12 km2) Sycamore Woods State Park offers horseback riding, hiking, hunting, and Group camping.

The city is adjacent to the cities of Dayton, Clayton (since Clayton merged with its surrounding Randolph Township in 1998) and Englewood.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 42
1910 348
1920 422 21.3%
1930 660 56.4%
1940 770 16.7%
1950 1,066 38.4%
1960 4,992 368.3%
1970 6,997 40.2%
1980 7,809 11.6%
1990 8,816 12.9%
2000 27,420 211.0%
2010 24,431 −10.9%
2019 (est.) 24,403 −0.1%

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 24,431 people, 10,404 households, and 6,408 families living in the city. The population density was 801.3 inhabitants per square mile (309.4/km2). There were 12,152 housing units at an average density of 398.6 per square mile (153.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 28.1% White, 68.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 10,404 households, of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.5% were married couples living together, 24.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.4% were non-families. 33.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.91.

The median age in the city was 41.8 years. 23.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.8% were from 25 to 44; 28.6% were from 45 to 64; and 17.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 44.4% male and 55.6% female.

Tourism and attractions

Trotwood is the home of Hara Arena, where the annual Dayton Hamvention was held, until Hara Arena closed in 2016. Every year, thousands of Amateur Radio Operators from around the world attend this convention.

Trotwood is also home to United Theological Seminary, one of thirteen seminaries of the United Methodist Church.

Trotwood has two golf courses: Moss Creek, and Hara Greens. Larch Tree Golf Course was sold in 2012 and is no longer a golf course.

In popular culture

Roscoe Filburn, defendant in the 1942 Supreme Court case of Wickard v. Filburn, which permitted the Federal Government to regulate intrastate commerce under the Interstate Commerce Clause, farmed near 5150 Denlinger Road in what is now urban Trotwood.

Trotwood is the alleged childhood home of John Dorian on the television show 'Scrubs'."

Trotwood is the confirmed childhood home of legendary detective Thomas J. Cope


Trotwood has a public library, a branch of the Dayton Metro Library.

Notable residents

  • Chris Wright, professional basketball player
  • Vincent M. Ward, actor
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