Cincinnati, OH

Population: 297,397
Photo by David Sorcher

First-time home buyers have plenty of reasons to get excited about investing in the Queen City. From the acres of urban green space along the downtown riverfront to the distinctive neighborhoods like Over-the-Rhine and Mount Adams to their eclectic blend of Midwestern and Southern food (spaghetti over chili anyone?), Cincinnati has a lot to offer first-time buyers.

Cincinnati, like all the other cities on our list, is also friendly to first-time buyers because of the real estate prices. According to the NAHB, Cincinnati’s Housing Opportunity Index is 84, meaning that 84% of the homes sold in the city are affordable to the average family (with a median price of homes sold at a mere $162,000).

It’s also no surprise that affordability combined with a good quality of life has earned Cincy coveted spots on Livability's rankings for Best Cities for Recent College Grads and Best Affordable Places to Live, as well as our Top 100 Best Places to Live 2019 list

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