Known as the Queen City, Cincinnati was the first major city founded after the American Revolution and is widely thought of as the first purely American city. Located at the mid-point of the Ohio River, Cincinnati served as the gateway between the North and the South and as a magnet for tens of thousands of German and Irish immigrants after 1830. That influx fueled Cincinnati’s growth, making it the New Nation’s first boom town and its fastest growing and sixth-largest city by 1850. In the decades after the Civil War, growth leveled and city leaders turned their attention to developing the artistic and cultural infrastructure of the city. The legacy of those efforts is a region rich in music, theater, and cultural institutions that rival much larger cities.
Today, metropolitan Cincinnati is home to 2.2 million residents who live in 15 counties in southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky, and southeast Indiana. Like many other mid-sized cities, in the last 15 years the center city has experienced a revival that has restored downtown living. The Banks development has transformed the historic riverfront. Stadiums for MLB Cincinnati Reds and NFL Cincinnati Bengals bracket The Banks while the Freedom Center anchors the center between, along with nearly 1,000 new apartments, restaurants, and a hotel. A new GE Global Operations Center for nearly 1,800 employees is immediately across the street from the Freedom Center. The Central Riverfront Park serves as the expansive front lawn of the Freedom Center. Taken together, The Banks has become one of the activity magnets in the region.
With a wide variety of neighborhoods and small distinctive communities, the region has a remarkably reasonable cost of living, especially in terms of real estate costs. The residential character of the region is enhanced by an extensive park system for recreation and greenspaces of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The economy is anchored by nine Fortune 500 company headquarters, including Procter & Gamble, Kroger, and Macy’s. In recent years, the region has also invested in building an entrepreneurial culture. Especially important are biotech efforts, centered at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, which now employs more than 14,000 people and is consistently ranked as the third best children’s hospital in the nation. Included in this arena is the Hillman Accelerator, serving minority-led tech companies, located on the fourth floor of the Freedom Center.
Sources: census.gov; usatoday.com; usnews.com; datafox.com; homeinsight.com; cincyusa.com; bestplaces.net