While Cincinnati residents spend the most on necessities out of all the cities on the list, they still spend 25% less than the average American — which is downright unheard of for a major city. It's still within reach to buy a home here, as the Cincinnati median home price is more than $70,000 below the American median. Similarly, median rent is only $649.
What else should make you think Cincinnati? Well, unemployment is nearing lows the city hasn’t seen in 15 years (and is below the unemployment level for the rest of the state). Plus, there are eight Fortune 500 and 15 Fortune 1000 companies in the Greater Cincinnati area — which helps explain why Cincinnati was the US’s 11th largest exporter in 2016, with a total goods export value of $26.3 billion. This booming (and varied) business climate — paired with the well-educated population drawn in by its more than 30 colleges and universities — makes for a strong economy.
For sports fans, Cincinnati is home to the NFL’s Bengals and the MLB’s Reds, and the city has thriving arts and culture scenes as well. You can peruse the Taft Museum of Art, take in a performance by the Cincinnati Opera (the country’s second-oldest opera company), or applaud the Bard with the Cincinnati Shakespeare Co.
Of course, there are loads of breweries and wineries to explore, as well as plenty of places to taste the city's signature chili. Need to sit back and relax a bit? There are plenty of parks and green spaces in the city, notably Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.