The Christ Hospital employees walking in the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Parade, 2019

Living and working in Greater Cincinnati​

Cincinnati is a great place to live, work and raise your family. Nestled on the Ohio River, there is plenty to see and do. Residents enjoy:

  • Low cost of living. You'll pay less for housing, food and entertainment than a city of similar size, and enjoy more of it.

  • Natural beauty. Living near the river means you have access to outdoor activities, including an abundance of preserved parks and recreation areas. Whether you enjoy hiking, boating or just relaxing, there's a place for you.

  • Educational opportunities. In addition to nationally ranked public and private schools throughout the Tristate, we have more than a dozen colleges and universities, including the University of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky University and Xavier University.

  • Vibrant, historic downtown. Called The Queen City for being the first major city developed in the west in the late 1700s, downtown and surrounding neighborhoods form a thriving economic hub with strong urban growth.

Cincinnati neighborhoods

With nearly 200 network locations, you can live just about anywhere, including Northern Kentucky and Indiana. There's a neighborhood for everyone:

  • Downtown—residents enjoy stylish, urban living in apartments, lofts, duplexes and condos in the Over-the-Rhine, Pendleton, Queensgate and West End neighborhoods. Riverfront options offer breathtaking views of the Ohio River and the Northern Kentucky skyline.

  • North—a fast growing area known for high-caliber schools, neighborhoods like West Chester and the city of Mason boast newer subdivisions and upscale entertainment and recreation. The Wyoming and Glendale neighborhoods are more historic, with some new construction available.

  • West—also called the "West Side," this area includes tight-knit communities like Northside, which has a creative vibe perfect for artists, musicians and creative types. Those who favor a more traditional lifestyle enjoy Price Hill, Cheviot, Westwood and Delhi.

  • East—the "East Side" is popular for its luxury townhomes and condos along the Ohio River and Indian Hill, which is one of the most exclusive areas in the city. Mt. Lookout and Hyde Park are more historic, and Mariemont and Terrace Park offer a variety of options for families. If you like golf, Anderson Township has everything you need.

  • South—across the Ohio River is Northern Kentucky, where Newport and Covington are the closest neighborhoods to the river offering many home options from historic to new construction. Farther south, Ft. Mitchell, Florence, Villa Hills, Edgewood and Erlanger are known for great schools and tree-lined streets. Boone County, Kentucky and Dearborn County, Indiana offer a rural setting with an easy commute to the city.

Dining and going out

If you're a foodie, you'll love Cincinnati. In fact, USA Today recently named us one of the "six small cities with big food scene." We offer everything from Michelin-rated fine dining and riverfront establishments, to some of the best comfort-food, especially our famous chili.

We're also home to over 50 microbreweries and 30 wineries featuring tasting tours and activities throughout the year.

If you like the music scene, our area boasts more than 100 venues for live music with regional and national favorites in rock, hip hop, country, jazz and more.

Cincinnati culture

Visual arts patrons enjoy our Cincinnati Art Museum with more than 60,000 works, as well as the Contemporary Art Center, Museum of Natural History and Science and the Taft Museum of Art.

If you like the symphony, our historic Music Hall is home to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and regularly features performances from world-renowned musicians.

Our thriving theatre scene includes Broadway touring shows at the Arnoff Center of the Arts, and the Tony Award-winning Playhouse in the Park that features plays for every taste and budget.

The city actively brings art to the community through free events such as ArtWalk, featuring large-scale murals throughout downtown, and outdoor summer concerts, among many others.

Family life

There is always something to do with the family in Cincinnati, from seasonal festivals and shows to theme parks, nature parks and more.

Kids and adults alike enjoy the Kings Island theme park with 14 roller coasters and the Coney Island amusement park.

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens is the nation's second oldest zoo and the Newport Aquarium, just minutes from downtown, showcases animals from all over the world. We also have an active nature conservatory and animal sanctuary that offers seasonal events and tours.

Sporting events

We offer major league sports, including the Cincinnati Bengals football and the Cincinnati Reds baseball. If you enjoy college sports, you can catch a game at the University of Cincinnati.