City Spotlight – Dayton, Ohio

Dayton and its surrounding communities are connected to the high-voltage grid through Dayton Power & Light. Dayton Power & Light was integrated into PJM’s operations in 2004.

Population of Dayton: 141,368*
Total Dayton Power & Light customers: 515,000**
Total amount of megawatt-hours used in Dayton Power & Light: 3,905,046***

Fun facts:

  • Brothers and inventors Orville and Wilbur Wright, who are credited with designing and flying the first successful airplane, are from Dayton.
  • The mechanical cash register was invented in Dayton by James Ritty.
  • Dayton was considered an epicenter of funk music, with many funk bands originating from Dayton’s West Side.


*2015 United States Census Bureau population estimate
**Dayton Power & Light
***2015 Energy Information Administration data

Fun facts from Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau and