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10 Reasons to Live in Downtown Cincinnati

May 30, 2019

The buzz around Downtown Cincinnati isn’t just hype. From Millennials to Baby Boomers, people are finding plenty of reasons to love urban living in the city center.

Downtown Cincinnati Inc. just released its annual report, “The State of Downtown Cincinnati,” which is a compilation of recent data pertinent to residents, business owners, stakeholders and visitors. 

For the first time, the report is launching as a completely new format, moving to an all-digital and interactive platform, powered by MySidewalk. This new-and-improved State of Downtown report will let users access information most relevant to them with the click of a mouse, whether they are looking for demographics, crime data, or other useful information about Downtown Cincinnati.

Through the report, some key findings show just why people love to live in Downtown Cincinnati. Here are the top 10 reasons to live in Downtown Cincinnati:

1. It’s affordable.

Contrary to common misconceptions about urban living, you don’t have to spend a significant amount on rent to live in Downtown Cincinnati. In fact, Cincinnati was ranked #10 of “The 25 Best Affordable Places” to live in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report. More than 50 percent of units cost less than $1,000 in monthly rent, and Downtown residents also save by living and working close to home.

2. Downtown residents are highly educated and successful.

Downtown is home to diverse people, and many of them are highly educated and successful. Approximately 31 percent of Downtown residents have a bachelor’s degree, and 26 percent have a graduate degree. Downtown residents make more money per capita when compared to the greater region. They’re able to pump that money back into the local economy in a thriving entertainment, restaurant and retail district.

3. Crime is down.

Downtown Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood was ranked one of the most dangerous places in America in the early 2000s. Now, it stands as the heart of Cincinnati – streets filled with thriving businesses, entertainment, bars and restaurants. Crime rates have dramatically decreased in the past two decades. Recently, the Cincinnati Police Department reported a 37% decrease in crimes reported over the first several months of 2019 in the Central Business District.

4. It’s one of the most walkable cities in the country.

Downtown boasts some of the highest walkability scores in the nation thanks to its incredible density and diverse options of housing, jobs, food, retail, and entertainment. About 30 percent of Downtown residents walk to work, more than residents in like-sized cities like Charlotte, Columbus, and Indianapolis. Downtown residents spend less on transportation – about 15 percent of their annual income – compared to people who live farther from the city center. 

5. Your dog will love it too.

The density of Downtown Cincinnati is what makes it so walkable, a major win for dog owners. Cincinnati was ranked the 7th Most Pet-Friendly City in the U.S. by WalletHub, with urban dog parks like Fido Field in the Central Business District and Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine.

6. Downtown residents sleep in longer.

Downtown residents tend to sleep longer compared to people in the greater region. A large majority of Downtown commuters start their trip between 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. while regional peaks start at 6 a.m. and last through 8:30 a.m. This observation could also be caused by Downtown residents staying up later to enjoy the nightlife as well.

7. Entertainment is in your backyard.

Entertainment in Downtown Cincinnati is easy to find and it’s affordable. There are well over 850 free events Downtown every year, and the city has even been named “Coolest City in the Midwest.” Whether it’s dining at top-rated restaurants like Sotto or drinking a craft beer at one of the numerous breweries, there’s something for everyone in Downtown Cincinnati.

8. Downtown is filled with single people.

If you’re unmarried, Cincinnati might be where you find your future spouse. About 64 percent of people live by themselves downtown. Downtown has an average household size of 1.68 individuals, compared to an average of 2.52 for the Cincinnati area. 

9. There are lots of jobs – many of them high-paying.

There are more than 140 jobs per acre between 5th Street and Central Parkway. With one of the highest density of jobs rates in the country, there are plenty of good jobs available in the heart of the city. Cincinnati has a higher job density rate than Columbus, Charlotte, Indianapolis, Louisville and Kansas City.

10. Downtown residents are fit.

Cincinnati is active, and Downtown Residents love to exercise. They use Red Bikes to get around the city and use our downtown parks as their playgrounds. Cincinnati is the most fit city in Ohio and in the top 30 in the U.S., according to the 2018 American Fitness Index published by the American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation. It's also home to the Flying Pig Marathon, one of the most popular and unique marathons in the country.


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