Map of Cincinnati Ohio Area
With striking examples of architecture, picturesque sceneries, and mouth-watering dishes, Cincinnati can become a spectacular travel destination.
Cincy is not usually the first (and, possibly, not even the tenth) city that you think about when planning an exciting get-out-of-your-hometown trip. However, you might change your mind and place this major cultural hub on your radar, after reading this article.
Let’s get the journey started!
Where Is Cincinnati Located on the US Map?
Cincinnati is located in the southwest of the state of Ohio, on the north bank of the Ohio River, at its confluence with the Licking River.
Right across the river lies Northern Kentucky. That’s where the gray and blue (the South and North respectively) come together and create the color purple. The Purple People Bridge is a pedestrian link between two states – the longest connector of its kind in the States and a cool tourist attraction.
Fun fact: Cincinnati’s airport is actually not in Ohio. So, don’t be surprised, when the flight attendant welcomes you in Kentucky, though you were planning on landing in Cincy.
How Big Is Cincinnati?
Here are some numbers:
- The city is a little over 79 square miles.
- It is Ohio’s 3rd largest city (after Columbus and Cleveland).
- The population is estimated at around 304 thousand.
- It is the 64th largest city in the country.
However, in the middle of the 19th century, Cincinnati was the largest city in the West and the 6th in the United States. It had a population of over 115.000 people by 1850.
This happened due to the fact that thousands of men flooded the city. Some hoped to participate in expeditions against the American Indians, while others planned on making a fortune by providing the soldiers with the necessary supplies.
Moreover, people would use the Ohio River to travel. So, no wonder hundreds of businessmen decided to open their hotels and taverns here in The Queen of the West.
Forty years later, in 1890, the city became the most densely populated in the country with over 37.000 people per square mile.
Since then, Cincinnati’s population was relatively stable – a little over 300.000, slipping below the mark only at the beginning of the 21st century. But thanks to the development of the suburbs, the city managed to climb back to its comfort zone.
Is Cincinnati a Good Place to Live?
You might have never met a person whose dream was to move to Cincinnati. But the truth is that this ‘sleepy Midwestern area’ (that’s not sleepy at all) is a great place to study, work, have fun, and simply live a good-quality life.
Families come to Cincy for the public and private schools and professional sports teams. Aspiring business people value the free business environment and the possibility to work for one of the Fortune 500 companies – Procter & Gamble, American Financial Group, Kroger, and Western & Southern Financial Group are all headquartered in and around Cincinnati.
The city has high rankings in environmental quality, housing, and healthcare. Moreover, Cincinnati is one of the most affordable cities to live in. The grocery prices are 9% lower than the national average, while housing expenses are 24% lower.
All-in-all, Cincinnati is ranked as the 56th best place to live in the US.
What Are the Best Areas to Live in Cincinnati?
At the moment, there are 52 neighborhoods. Every single one has something unique to offer, starting from elite housing and ending with bustling hubs with plenty of entertainment options.
Here are some of the best neighborhoods in no specific order.
An urban-style suburb that is popular for yummy food and community events. The area features an amazing aquatic park and Oakley Wines – a popular bar. However, homes here are a bit more expensive and sell out extremely fast.
- Mount Adams
The neighborhood has one of the best views in the city. From the hills, you will be able to enjoy the river and downtown. The place is home to Eden Park, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the two-time Tony award-winning theater, and dozens of restaurants and pubs – all with a dash of old-world charm.
- Hyde Park
A refined area that features row-houses and the famous mushroom house built by Terry Brown. It’s also a wonderful shopping destination packed with peculiar stores. You’ll have a lot of fun exploring The Square and the neighborhood’s Farmers Market.
An economic hub that is full of historic details. Here, you can enjoy the city’s tallest buildings and the stunning collection of historic architecture at the same time. The area is also full of stadiums, museums, bars, and restaurants.
What Is Cincinnati Known for?
The first things that may come to mind are sports, culture, and chili. Cincy is home to America’s first baseball team and everyone goes crazy over the authentic Cincinnati chili – a Mediterranean-spiced meat sauce that can be put on top of your ‘coney’ or spaghetti.
To make the most out of your trip to The Queen City, make sure to…
- Ride the world’s longest wooden roller coaster at Kings Island.
- Walk across the prototype of NY’s Brooklyn Bridge – the Roebling Bridge that can…sing.
- Visit the sixth oldest zoo in the US and feed a giraffe.
- Take a ghost tour of the Music Hall – paranormal experts believe that the place is haunted.
- Play cornhole with the locals – Cincy is the unofficial capital of this game.
- Tour Cincinnati’s Art Museum for free to enjoy over 67.000 art objects.
- Pay a visit to the world’s largest timber-frame structure – the Ark Encounter.
- Watch a Cincinnati Reds baseball game.
- Try the iconic cheese coney.
Fun fact: the country’s biggest Oktoberfest takes place in Cincy every year. Join over 500.000 beer lovers in September.
To Wrap Up
So, what is Cincinnati known for? We’ll leave it up to you to decide.
Visit the city for the first time for the chili and sports and come back again for the atmosphere and memories. Cincy is one of those cities that should definitely make it to your must-visit list.