Overview

Introduction to Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati, located in southwestern Ohio on the Ohio River, was founded in 1788 and incorporated as a city in 1819. It was named after the Society of the Cincinnati, which honored George Washington, whom they likened to the Roman General Cincinnatus. The city saw dramatic growth in the mid 1830s with the development of steamships and the completion of the Ohio and Erie Canal. It soon became a major shipping center, primarily for the pork industry. Cincinnati’s location on the Ohio River has contributed not only to its prosperity but also its scenic charm. Winston Churchill once called Cincinnati “the most beautiful of America’s inland cities.”

Cincinnati Culture

Today, Cincinnati is home to major corporations that include Procter & Gamble, Kroger and Federated Department Stores, the parent company of Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. With a metro area that includes parts of Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, Cincinnati has a unique personality that crosses midwestern industrial city with a southern country feel. 

Cincinnati Sports and Leisure

Cultural attractions in Cincinnati include the Contemporary Arts Center, the Cincinnati Art Museum and the American Classical Music Hall of Fame and Museum. An obsolete railroad terminal has been revamped to house two museums: the Museum of Natural History and Science and the Cincinnati Historical Museum. The downtown architecture, with many art deco buildings, is another cultural draw, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest orchestras in the country. The city hosts the International Wine Festival each March. On the first Monday in September, the Labor Day Riverfest features fireworks and a festive party scene. Cincinnati’s sizeable German population makes its Octoberfest (held, oddly enough, in September) one of the country’s largest and most authentic. And any day is a good day for Cincinnati’s famous Skyline Chili, served over spaghetti.

Sports are big in Cincinnati. Major league baseball’s oldest team, the Cincinnati Reds, play at the 42,000-seat Great American Ballpark downtown on the banks of the Ohio River. The NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals play next door at 65,600-seat Paul Brown Stadium. Also in the area is US Bank Arena, which hosts the International Hockey League’s Cincinnati Cyclones. The University of Cincinnati and Xavier University have nationally competitive basketball programs that draw a strong local following.

Cincinnati Outdoors

With its riverfront location and a climate that’s neither too hot nor too cold, Cincy is perfectly situated for recreational activities. The city claims one of the country’s top park systems, with more than 100 parks spread over 5,000 acres. Sharon Woods Park is a 750-acre park with a lake surrounded by a 2.6-mile hiking and biking trail, along with restored 19th-century buildings. Shawnee State Park, 90 minutes away in Portsmouth, is a 60,000-acre park in the Appalachian foothills, offering golf, fishing, swimming, boating, several hiking trails and camping facilities. For golfers, there are more than a dozen courses within the city and dozens more within a small radius. In the winter, skiing is available within an accessible distance. Perfect North Slopes, 30 minutes from the city, has more than a dozen runs on 70 acres. Spicy Run Resort, 90 miles east of Cincinnati in Latham, has trails for all levels and facilities for snowboarders. Mad River Mountain, 130 miles away in Bellefontaine, boasts Ohio’s highest skiing elevation (1,460 ft) and has 15 trails and a snow tubing park on 120 acres.

Cincinnati at Night

Cincinnati has an energetic nightlife, with Main Street the main attraction, especially around the intersection of 12th Street. The Mount Adams neighborhood just east of downtown is a funky area, with upscale restaurants, bars and clubs. The Corryville district near the University of Cincinnati is another popular area to find diverse evening entertainment options. Riverboat casinos are available in Indiana just 20 minutes away.

Demographics

People

Total Population 300,357
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 12.2%
Employed Population 16+ 140,886
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 28%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 36.1%
Median Earnings25+ $35,228
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,422
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,061

Wealth

Median Family Income $52,193
% Above Poverty Level 72.8%
% Below Poverty Level 27.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.3%
% Using Public Transportation 7.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 45%
Median Gross Rent $709
Median House Value $129,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 45.1%
German 18.3%
Irish 10%
English 5.1%
Italian 3.5%
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Cincinnati Almanac

Category Value
County Hamilton County, Clermont County
Standard Zip Codes 45205, 45208, 45220, 45223, 45238, 45245, 45202, 45207, 45209, 45219, 45225, 45226, 45227, 45212, 45211, 45213, 45218, 45229, 45240, 45248, 45255, 45237, 45232, 45233, 45204, 45206, 45244, 45203, 45214, 45217, 45231, 45242, 45241, 45249, 45252, 45247, 45251, 45243, 45246, 45216, 45215, 45224, 45236, 45230, 45239
P.O. Box Zip Codes 45235, 45201, 45234, 45258, 45262, 45250, 45280, 45222, 45253, 45254, 45275
Company Zip Codes 45263, 45264, 45268, 45274, 45277, 45270, 45273, 45296, 45298, 45299, 45221, 45267, 45269, 45271, 45999
Phone Area Codes 513
Time Zone America/New_York
Approximate Latitude 39.09
Approximate Longitude -84.51

Cincinnati Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station CINCINNATI ABBE WSMO
Distance 3.3 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 39 F
Apr Temp 43 to 66 F
Jul Temp 67 to 87 F
Oct Temp 46 to 67 F
Annual Precip 39.5 inches
Station CINCINNATI LUNKEN AP
Distance 4.8 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 39 F
Apr Temp 43 to 65 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 42.1 inches
Station CHEVIOT
Distance 8.6 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 36 F
Apr Temp 40 to 64 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 66 F
Annual Precip 44.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arlington Heights 903 $43,063
Golf Manor 3,549 $50,750
Norwood 19,796 $64,421
Reading 10,286 $66,681
Silverton 4,767 $66,118
St. Bernard 4,355 $57,369

Cincinnati Public Libraries

Cincinnati And Hamilton County, Pl Of
800 VINE ST.
Cincinnati, Ohio
(513) 369-6900