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2021 Top 100 Best Places to Live In America Sponsored by: See homes for sale on Movoto by OJO

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How We Calculate Our Data
Civics 27
Demographics 50
Economy 68
Education 66
Health 65
Housing 52
Infrastructure 48

#33. Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati, OH has an East-Coast-meets-Midwest charm, with all the amenities of a major metropolitan city at a fraction of the price. Its 300,000 residents enjoy impressive museums and cultural institutions, professional sports, boutique shopping, trendy neighborhoods and lots of parks, all set along the scenic banks of the Ohio River. Queen City, as Cincinnati is known, offers a stable economy, a low cost of living and lots of opportunities for education and professional advancement.

Top Colleges/Universities: University of Cincinnati, Xavier University & Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

Top Industries & Employers: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Kroger, TriHealth Inc. and the University of Cincinnati are some of the largest employers in Cincy. 

Weekend Plans: Pay a visit to one (or several) of Cincinnati’s numerous farmer’s markets, including Hyde Park Farmers’ Market, Northside Farmers Market and Findlay Market, then spend the afternoon lunching, patio-drinking and shopping in the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.

Favorite Place to Feast: Graeter’s Ice Cream has been handcrafting French Pot ice cream in Cincy for more than 145 years. Hey, ice cream is its own food group, right?

Beloved Beverage: The ever-changing craft beers on tap at MadTree Brewing, a popular local hangout with a massive tasting room and patio.

Outdoorsy Activity: Spend the day at Mt. Airy Forest, Cincinnati’s largest park at nearly 1,500 acres. Established in 1911, the park provides the perfect place to go hiking, dog walking, horseback riding, mountain biking, disc golfing or picnicking. There’s also a wheelchair-accessible treehouse!

Rooftop Bar: Cincy is home to so many great rooftop bars that it’s hard to pick just one. That being said, locals flock to Vista at Lytle Park, Top of the Park and AC Upper Deck.

Why Your Pet Will Love It, Too: Cincinnati’s bars and breweries are large and roomy, with plenty of space to spread out for humans and dogs alike. Check out West Side Brewing, Higher Gravity Crafthaus and Queen City Radio, just to name a few.

Remote Work Perk: Every dollar you earn from your remote paycheck stretches further in Cincy, where the median home price is just $144,000.

One More Thing … Cincinnati was a major player in the Underground Railroad, with several churches and private citizens offering assistance to escaped slaves. Today, the city tells the story of the railroad with The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, a museum located downtown.

– Sarah Kuta

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