Cincinnati & Region

Downtown Cincinnati skyline in the background with the Great American Ball Park midway and the Ohio River in the foreground.

Cincinnati is a three-state, 15-county region that offers world-class assets in arts and culture, amusements, hospitality, sports and recreation. Ranked in's list of Best Bargain Cities in America and as one of the Top 10 Safest Cities), Cincinnati features all the amenities of a large bustling metropolis while maintaining a friendly, small town atmosphere – a unique balancing act of extraordinary contrasts – but one that makes the region a remarkably flexible location filled with a wealth of opportunities and options. For the third year in a row, Cincinnati Ranked the No. 1 City in America where renters can afford to live alone.

Check out the Cincinnati region website and the Cincinnati Experience for more information. The area known as "Northern Kentucky" is called the southern side of Cincinnati and is located directly across the river from downtown.  Check out their website also.

Cincinnati Listed as One of the Top Cities to Visit in 2021 by Travel + Leisure Magazine

A great place to work.

Cincinnati is the seat of both the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and home to more than 800 law firms. The opportunities in business and industry are equally rich. It’s no wonder that Fortune called Greater Cincinnati one of the top ten places to live and work, that Forbes called the region one of the “Best Places for Business and Careers” or that Time named Cincinnati one of the “Ten Best Cities to Start a Career.” The Huffington Post wrote “Cincinnati is proving that the Midwest as a startup ecosystem is flourishing and funding is available.” And recent study by KPMG concluded that Cincinnati is the #1 Big City for Business.

A great place to study.

UC’s Uptown campus is a happening place in its own right. Anchored by the bookstore, cafes, and student recreational facilities on MainStreet, the heart of campus offers the resources of a major research institution and the amenities of a well-appointed small town. In fact, Forbes named UC among the most beautiful college campuses. And that warmth and convenience continue in our off-campus development. The recent development on Calhoun Street has reinvigorated the Clifton neighborhood with new apartments, townhomes, and condominiums and more than 90,000 square feet of new retail space.

A great place to eat.

Whether you want to go eclectic on Main Street or upscale in Mt. Adams, the restaurants are fantastic. And don’t forget Cincinnati traditions like Skyline chili (to pass as a local, ask for a four-way with a cheese coney on the side) or the handmade ice-cream at Graeter’s (three words: black raspberry chip). We love food festivals too, with Taste of Cincinnati, the Great Inland Seafood Festival, and Oktoberfest (second largest in the world, after Munich). And if you like to cook for yourself, you have to visit Findlay Market, one of the oldest public markets in the country.

A great place to play.

We have one of the biggest and best park systems in the nation, including the new Friendship Park along the river—perfect for running or in-line skating—and an incredible system of public golf courses. For families, nothing beats a trip to Kings Island Theme Park and Waterpark, the Newport Aquarium, or the world-class Cincinnati Zoo. Runners will love the Flying Pig Marathon, one of the fastest growing in the country, and sports buffs have baseball with the Reds, football with the Bengals, and hockey with the Cincinnati Cyclones.

A great place to listen.

Cincinnati’s live music scene is historically rich and diverse. Anchored by the MidPoint Music Festival, our thriving rock and pop community has earned us a place on Esquire magazine’s “Top 10 Cities that Rock” list. Macy’s Music Festival brings the best in jazz and R&B to town, and Cincinnati’s symphony and opera company have always been among the best.

Gallery of Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati Facts

  • Cincinnati ranks 6th in the nation – No. 1 in Ohio – for young professionals to live in 2020, according to SmartAsset
  • More Fortune 500 headquarters per capita than New York, Chicago or Los Angeles
  • 2019 Lowest cost of living of any major metro in U.S. - Bureau of Economic Analysis
  •'s No. 9 safest & most affordable metros in 2019
  •'s No. 2 Best Places to Raise a Family—Without Going Broke in 2019
  • No. 7 Best City in America for Recreation 2019 - WalletHub
  • Top 10 Revitalized Cities for Young Professionals - Forbes
  • Top Ohio City to Visit in 2019 -
  • Best Bargain Cities in America - Forbes
  • Best Cities for Nightlife - Forbes