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Things to do: museums, winter sports, classes
Dayton is a city in and the county seat of Columbia County, Washington, United States. The population was 2,526 at the 2010 census.HistoryDayton was founded in the 1860s. A town site plat was filed by Jesse N. and Elizabeth Day on November 23, 1871. Dayton was officially incorporated on November 10, 1881 and was named for Jesse Day. Dayton has the oldest train depot (1881) in Washington State and the oldest continuously used courthouse (1887). The historical community of Baileysburg was once located about one mile southeast of Dayton, at the junction of North Touchet and South Touchet Roads.Geography and climateDayton is located at .According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.43sqmi, all of it land. The Touchet River runs through Dayton.Dayton is somewhat milder than most of eastern Washington in the winter and has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and chilly, though not severe winters with only very moderate snowfall. Precipitation is moderate for most of the year except for a dry period between July and September when major wildfires are very common in the region with the hot days and very low humidity.Demographics2010 censusAs of the census of 2010, there were 2,526 people, 1,082 households, and 670 families residing in the city. The population density was 1766.4PD/sqmi. There were 1,200 housing units at an average density of 839.2/sqmi. The racial makeup of the city was 91.6% White, 0.4% African American, 1.9% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.6% Pacific Islander, 1.8% from other races, and 3.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.1% of the population.
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