Life in Cincinnati
Cincinnati by the Numbers:
Cincinnati (population around one million) is truly the Queen City of the Midwest. It is the 23rd largest city in the country, and received the award of "most livable city" some years ago. Some of the other rankings:
- Ranked #2 Most Popular Cities for the Holidays
- Ranked #4 America’s Manliest Cities
- Ranked #5 Best Baseball Cities
- Ranked #9 Most Energetic Cities
- Ranked #10 Best Cities for Teleworking - Large Metro Areas
- Ranked #23 Best Block Party Places from Sperling's rankings of over 400 cities.
Housing costs rank below the national average. Moderate is the word to describe the weather here, although there are fleeting periods of extremes. Summer tends to be humid, and there are usually one or two snowstorms per winter which may briefly blanket the city. The other 9 months of the year make up for this by being absolutely gorgeous!
Things to do in Cincinnati!
Arts and Museums
There is a lot here to offer for families and for singles alike. If you are in to the arts, we have 4 art museums, including the award winning Contemporary Arts Center. We have a symphony, ballet, and more than 5 theaters. Our "Enjoy the Arts" packages include hundreds of different offerings through the year. We have a Natural Science and History Museum, OmniMax and IMax theaters, Aquarium, river boat cruises and lots of other activities to choose from not to mention our internationally renowned Cincinnati Zoo! (You can even get discounts to these through UC and CCHMC)
Dining and Entertainment
Our downtown has undergone a renaissance. It is connected by an overhead sky walk, and is loaded with activities for kids in the holiday season. There has been a lot of renovation and building to make the downtown, with its many festivals and musical venues, an exciting yet safe place to visit. Cincinnati loves festivals and there are many to enjoy throughout the summer! These range from
Over-The-Rhine neighborhood has exploded with amazing new restaurants over the last 5 years:
If you have some extra time while you’re visiting, here are some options.
free music concerts at Sawyer Point to food festivals of many kinds. Speaking of food, ethnic foods are very popular, as are the local chili houses. Ice cream and beer brewing are two other local past times that bring excellent quality to the culinary experience!
If you are in to shopping, you have come to the right place! There are outlet malls both north and south of town, as well as a number of award winning malls. There are also quite a few unique stores both downtown and in some of the trendiest neighborhoods.
A City of Festivals:
- Bunbury Music Festival
- Oktoberfest Zinzinnati – The largest Oktoberfest in the world outside of Germany.
- Cincinnati PRIDE Parade- Hosts over 100k+ attendees annually.
There is plenty in Cincinnati for sports enthusiasts, and this is why we consistently place in the top 10 for sports. There are the college and professional teams to enjoy, especially with the brand new facilities on the river front. Intramural sports are popular, including indoor and outdoor soccer, softball, volleyball, and others!
Soccer players can join one of the multiple recreational teams that CCHMC residents are a part.
For park and outdoor enthusiasts, we have our award winning parks system. In fact, Cincinnati was ranked in the top 5 cities nationally for our park system! Offerings include multiple golf courses, an ultimate frisbee park, the award winning Krohn Conservatory. There is rock climbing, canoeing, rafting on the Whitewater river, a 100 mile bike trail along the Little Miami river, as well as multiple bike parks for mountain bikers.
There are also, Amish communities, Serpent Mounds and other Indian museums, horseback riding, skating, and even a skiing venue all within an hour drive from downtown.
If you like running, you can join the internal medicine department’s team during the annual The Bourbon Chase, a 200 mile relay through
So what does all of this mean? Life here is what you make of it! There is as much to offer here as in any major city, just on a slightly smaller scale. In fact, Cincinnati has incredible diversity in terms of culture, education, family, nightlife, spectator sports, music and outdoor activity. Below are some links we thought might be of some use to help you to get to know our town!!