Centerville was founded in 1796 and is located about six miles south of Dayton. It is one of the oldest towns in the state and has a population of approximately 23,000 people. There is a large range of housing in the town, including condominiums and luxury housing. Since the commute to Dayton is short, renting in Centerville is a good alternative to apartments in South Dayton for those looking for a more suburban feel. The town refers to itself as "warm and cheerful." Tree-lined streets, nature areas and parks all add to the atmosphere of the city, and Washington Township Recreation Center provides 50,000 square feet of recreational space for the residents to enjoy. Those who like shopping will have fun exploring the five major shopping centers and 500 retail outlets that are located here. Both national retail chains and boutique stores are represented in the mixture of shops. Centerville is also home to the Golf Club at Yankee Terrace, a 27-hole championship course.