Best Places to Live

Cincinnati, OH

Population: 309,137
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Known for its incredible historical architecture, quirky neighborhoods and accessibility, it's no wonder Cincinnati has landed a spot on Livability’s Top 100 Best Places to Live list the last three years in a row. The city is home to the Over-the-Rhine district, which is one of the largest historical districts in the country and is the city’s premier entertainment destination, bustling with fabulous restaurants, cool bars and local shops. Additionally, 10 Fortune 500 companies have established headquarters in Cincinnati, including Procter & Gamble and Kroger, so residents have access to a wide variety of job opportunities.

Top Industries and Employers: Cincinnati’s economy is as diverse as the city and major industries include manufacturing, finance and education.

Best Coffee Shop: Collective Espresso

Best Local Beer/Brewery: Beer and cider lovers come together at Rhinegeist Brewery, a Cincy staple that is the second largest brewery in the state. 

Must-Have Meal: Obviously you’ve got to try Skyline Chili, a combination of spaghetti noodles topped with chili and cheese. 

Best Co-Working Space: 1628 is a highly curated co-working space. Perks include curated art, lunch and snack service and even discounted healthcare benefits for tenants. 

Best Meetup Spot (When Meeting Up Is a Thing Again): Grab a boozy sundae from the Buzzed Bull Creamery. Pick one of their signature scoops or make it your own with custom alcohol infusions. 

Creative Hub: This city thrives on the arts and is one of 13 U.S. cities with professional companies in all five arts: ballet, opera, fine arts museum, theater and symphony. If seeing one of the professional companies doesn’t suit your fancy, just take a stroll around the city to enjoy its amazing public art

Favorite Weekend Activity: Spend some time in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, which is home to Findlay Market, numerous restaurants and is one of the nation’s largest urban historic districts, characterized by its architecture and brightly painted buildings. 

Free Way to Have Fun: Spend the afternoon at Washington Park, an eight-acre area located in the heart of the Over-the-Rhine district, complete with a bandstand, dog park and children’s play area.  

Local Dream Job: ‘Beerista’ at Half Cut, a coffee shop-inspired beer parlor where brews are recommended based on food preferences and pairings.

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- Cara Sanders

"Cincinnati's hypnotizing charm and reasonable cost of living capture the hearts of even big-city transplants. There is so much to do here, which may surprise someone who's never been or doesn't know much about the area. Cincinnati is home to several Fortune 500 companies, as well as an innovative and thriving tech/startup industry. Those job prospects partnered with the overall allure of The Queen City, how much there is to do and see here, and its cost of living are great reasons to relocate here."

 

Linsey Kraeling
Tour de Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH Ranking Data

Civic
34
Demographics
61
Economy
66
Education
67
Health
53
Housing
37
Infrastructure
57