The Ohio suburb of Beavercreek is located on the eastern side of the Dayton metropolitan area. Those interested in Beavercreek apartments for rent may be attracted to the city's small-town atmosphere and access to several large municipalities, including Dayton, Springfield, Cincinnati and Columbus.
Although the first settlers came to the Beavercreek area in the early 1800s, the municipality was not incorporated as a township until 1979. The following year, it was officially recognized as a city. Beavercreek is comprised of several settlements - including Knollwood, Zimmermanville, New Germany, Apple Valley, Spicer, Indian Ripple, Big Beaver Valley and the village of Alpha - and encompasses 26.4 square miles of land. In 2011, an estimated 45,566 people called the city home.
Many Beavercreek residents work at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, one of the largest employers in the state. The base serves as the headquarters for the Air Force Materiel Command, which conducts research, development, testing and evaluation, as well as providing acquisition management services and logistics support for Air Force weapons systems.
Oil well drilling equipment manufacturer Robbins and Myers, one of the largest companies in the Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area, has a presence in Beavercreek. Another major employer, Kettering Health Network, is based in the neighboring city of Kettering. Premier Health Partners, DPL Inc. and CareSource are all located in Dayton proper, while Miamisburg's NewPage Corp. and Teradata Corp. offer additional options for job-seekers.
The Beavercreek City School District serves Beavercreek, Fairborn, Kettering, Riverside, Sugarcreek Township and Xenia. It is comprised of five elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. The district has been rated "excellent" by the Ohio Department of Education numerous times. During the 2010-2011 school year, the district met or surpassed every measure of performance and progress assessed by the state.
In terms of further education, there are several colleges and universities located in and around Beavercreek, including Central State University, Sinclair Community College, the University of Dayton, Wilberforce University and Wright State University.
The cost of living in Beavercreek was ranked 97.1 on City-Data.com's March 2010 cost of living index, registering slightly below the national average of 100. The median gross rent of apartments in Beavercreek is $993, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Beavercreek is home to two shopping centers - The Mall at Fairfield Commons and The Greene Town Center. The Mall at Fairfield Commons features more than 120 stores and specialty shops, while the open-air Greene Town Center offers upward of 25 bars and restaurants, as well as numerous retail establishments.
Nature buffs will appreciate Beavercreek's extensive park system, which includes a wetland/nature preserve, a historical park and a bike trail. Meanwhile, fans of history and culture can head to one of the nearby museums, such as the Dayton Art Institute, National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center and the National Museum of the Air Force. There are also several historical landmarks in Beavercreek, including the 1810 Stage Coach Inn, the 1824 Jacob Coy Homestead and the 1805 Daytona Mills.
The Beavercreek Popcorn Festival is the city's most renowned event. Held annually the weekend after Labor Day, the festival features more than 200 booths that offer popcorn-related foods and wares. A car show held in conjunction with the festival is both an invitational and open class event.
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