Best Places to Live

Cincinnati, OH

Population: 309,137
Photo: Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network

Highly ranked hospitals, affordably priced housing, and a vast collection of parks and cultural amenities combine to make Cincinnati, OH, the best place to retire. Retirees can find a wealth of activities in the Queen City to keep them inspired, active and engaged. A recent $2.6 billion redevelopment of the downtown gave the city a giant economic boost by attracting businesses and residents back to the city's urban core.

Residents rarely run out of things to do in Cincinnati. The city's excellent parks system includes 70 neighborhood and five regional parks, 34 nature preserves and the Krohn Conservatory, which features a collection of more than 3,500 plant species inside an art deco building.

Many residents take advantage of the continuing education programs at The University of Cincinnati. This includes the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which offers hundreds of courses to residents 50 and older. The university's sports teams are fiercely followed, as are the city's professional baseball and football teams – the Reds and Bengals, which draw draw thousands of fans downtown. Minor league teams include the Cyclones, a hockey team; Marshals, an indoor football team; and Stuff, an International Basketball League team.

The Cincinnati Museum Center is an example of the rich cultural experiences offered in this city. This one-of-a-kind facility, located in an historic train station, includes a history museum, children's museum, IMAX theater, research center and library. A range of entertainment options in and around Cincinnati, from the Horseshoe Casino and concerts at Bogart's to a zoo and aquarium keep residents engaged. Restaurants in Cincinnati serve adventurous dishes, including the local favorite – chili.

Cincinnati scored high in health care, golf, parks and cultural amenities adding up to a highly livable city for seniors. Residents of the greater Cincinnati Metro Area have 38 hospitals to choose from as well. The highest ranked, according to U.S. News and World Report is Christ Hospital, which performs more than 7,300 inpatient and 17,400 outpatient surgeries each year. 

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Cincinnati, OH Highlights

Population 65 and Over: 10.8%
College: University of Cincinnati
Top 100 Rank 2014: 73
Liv Score: 589