Xenia (pronounced Zeen-yuh) is a city in and the county seat of Greene County, Ohio, United States. The municipality is located in southwestern Ohio 21 miles from Dayton and is part of the Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area. The name comes from the Greek word Xenia (ξενία), which means "hospitality". Many of its residents supported the Underground Railroad in the years before the Civil War. As of the 2000 census, the city had a population of 24,164. Xenia is the 3rd largest city in Greene County, behind Fairborn and Beavercreek.