Living in Cincinnati

Situated on the banks of the Ohio River, Cincinnati offers a low cost of living, top-notch schools and a wide range of entertainment from great shopping and dining to world-class sports and the arts.

Fountain Square Downtown


We have introduced you to downtown Cincinnati as a business center. What’s it like to live here?

Cincinnati ranks No. 1 in the nation for recreation (, 2014), and no wonder. Our entertainment district starts on the banks of the Ohio River with a sparkling 45-acre riverside park, and stretches deep into downtown with dining, gaming and nightspots. The hub of it all is scenic Fountain Square, with its landmark fountain, music stage and – in winter – an ice skating rink.

A variety of arts venues are within walking distance in the central business district with theater at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and Ensemble Theater, art at the Contemporary Arts Center and the historic Taft Museum, and music and ballet at Music Hall and the Aronoff Theater.

Cincinnati ranks No. 3 among the nation’s most affordable cities to live in (Forbes, 2014), and new and rehabbed residential development is attracting more downtown residents every day. The population of downtown jumped 12 percent (to 13,000) in 2011.



Cincinnati is a city of neighborhoods, each with its own unique personality. Whether you are looking for a fast-paced urban lifestyle or a leafy suburb, an historic home or new construction, you’ll find it here.

We are among the top 100 “best places to live” (, 2014), and rank among the top 10 “best cities for raising a family” (, 2014).

The Cincinnati metro area spans two states and more than 300,000 of our 2.1 million residents live in Northern Kentucky. Southeastern Indiana is also within commuting distance.

Cincinnati Reds Stadium


Cincinnati is a great city for sports lovers because there is always something happening in both professional and college sports. Our professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds, and football team, the Cincinnati Bengals, play at our two riverside sports stadiums. FC Cincinnati, is our new USL soccer league that’s breaking attendance records. We also have three Division 1 college basketball teams in our metro area: the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University and Northern Kentucky University.

The city is also the starting point for several running events, including the popular Flying Pig Marathon, Mercy Heart Mini Marathon and the Western & Southern Thanksgiving Day Race.

World-class tennis, of course, is a highlight of the late summer season, with the Western & Southern Open bringing the world’s top men and women players to Mason, Ohio, just outside Greater Cincinnati’s beltway.

Cost of Living

Cincinnati is one of the most affordable cities in the country, with a lower cost of living than many other U.S. urban centers. Here is what you would have to make elsewhere to have the purchasing power of a $75,000 salary in Cincinnati.

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(Figures based on cost of living calculations at CNNMoney as of July 2014.)

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

For more detailed information about living in Cincinnati, visit the "Living Here" page on the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber website.

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