According to campingship, Dayton, Idaho is a small city located in the northern part of the state, situated along the Snake River. It is part of a larger metropolitan area known as the Treasure Valley. The city has an arid continental climate with hot summers and cold winters. Average temperatures range from the low twenties to mid-eighties during the summer months and from low teens to mid-forties during winter months. Precipitation is generally light throughout the year but can be heavy at times due to its location in a mountainous region.

Dayton has a rich history dating back to its founding in 1887 when it was established as part of an effort to provide irrigation for local farmers. During World War II, Dayton was home to an air base that served as a training facility for military pilots and aircraft mechanics. The economy of Dayton relies heavily on agriculture and tourism, with local farms producing potatoes, onions, and other crops while nearby wineries attract visitors from all over the country.

The city is served by two public school districts – West Ada School District and Boise School District – which offer education for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Higher education opportunities are available at nearby universities such as Boise State University and College of Idaho.

Dayton has several notable landmarks including Old Town Dayton Historic District which offers visitors a glimpse into life in 19th century Idaho; Veterans Memorial Park, which honors those who have served in the armed forces; and Golden Gate Park, where visitors can enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing, boating, hiking, biking, swimming, camping and more. Additionally, there are multiple museums located throughout town that feature exhibits highlighting local history and culture.

Population: 444. Estimated population in July 2020: 463 (+4.3% change)
Males: 224 (50.5%), Females: 220 (49.5%)

Franklin County

Zip code: 83232

Median resident age: 26.8 years
Median household income: $36,442
Median house value: $93,800

Races in Dayton:

  • White Non-Hispanic (97.1%)
  • American Indian (1.6%)
  • Two or more races (1.1%)
  • Hispanic (0.9%)
  • Other race (0.9%)

Ancestries: English (46.2%), Danish (16.4%), German (10.6%), Irish (8.1%), Scottish (6.3%), Swedish (6.3%).

Elevation: 4818 feet

Land area: 6.6 square miles

Dayton, Idaho


Dayton, Idaho is a small town located in the northern part of the state. According to the most recent census, Dayton has a population of 1,541 people. The majority of the population is Caucasian, with about 80% being White alone and 12% being Hispanic or Latino. The rest of the population is mainly Native American, Asian and African American. The median age in Dayton is 38 years, with 16% under the age of 18 and 10% over 65 years old. The median household income in Dayton is $53,715 and the poverty rate at 15%.

The majority of people living in Dayton are employed in either farming or ranching jobs. Agriculture is an important part of life for many residents here as it provides employment opportunities and supplies food to local markets. In addition to farming and ranching jobs, many residents are employed in service industries such as retail stores and restaurants. Education also plays an important role in Dayton’s economy with several local schools providing educational opportunities to students from kindergarten through high school graduation. There are also several post-secondary institutions located within driving distance from Dayton that offer higher education options for those looking to further their education or pursue a career path in a specialized field.

For population 25 years and over in Dayton

  • High school or higher: 90.7%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 16.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.4%
  • Unemployed: 3.1%
  • Mean travel time to work: 28.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Dayton city

  • Never married: 23.3%
  • Now married: 61.8%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 8.4%
  • Divorced: 6.5%

0.5% Foreign born

Population change in the 1990s: +86 (+24.0%).


Hospitals/medical centers near Dayton:

  • ONEIDA COUNTY HOSPITAL (about 25 miles; MALAD, ID)


Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Dayton:

  • OGDEN-HINCKLEY (about 64 miles; OGDEN, UT; Abbreviation: OGD)
  • POCATELLO REGIONAL (about 69 miles; POCATELLO, ID; Abbreviation: PIH)
  • HILL AFB (about 69 miles; OGDEN, UT; Abbreviation: HIF)

Other public-use airports nearest to Dayton:

  • PRESTON (about 6 miles; PRESTON, ID; Abbreviation: U10)
  • MALAD CITY (about 21 miles; MALAD CITY, ID; Abbreviation: MLD)
  • DOWNEY/HYDE MEML/ (about 23 miles; DOWNEY, ID; Abbreviation: U58)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Dayton:

  • UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY (about 33 miles; LOGAN, UT; Full-time enrollment: 16,384)
  • IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY (about 43 miles; POCATELLO, ID; Full-time enrollment: 10,057)
  • WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY (about 63 miles; OGDEN, UT; Full-time enrollment: 12,112)
  • UNIVERSITY OF UTAH (about 93 miles; SALT LAKE CITY, UT; Full-time enrollment: 19,866)
  • SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 100 miles; SALT LAKE CITY, UT; Full-time enrollment: 11,896)
  • UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX-UTAH CAMPUS (about 100 miles; SALT LAKE CITY, UT; Full-time enrollment: 2,021)
  • RICKS COLLEGE (about 117 miles; REXBURG, ID; Full-time enrollment: 8,670)


Public high school in Dayton:

  • WEST SIDE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 177; Location: 775 NORTH WESTSIDE HIGHWAY; Grades: 09 – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in Dayton:

  • HAROLD B LEE ELEMENTARY SCH (Students: 262; Location: 4726 WEST HIGHWAY 36; Grades: PK – 05)
  • HAROLD B LEE MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 122; Location: 4726 WEST HIGHWAY 36; Grades: 06 – 08)
Dayton, Idaho
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