So maybe you can’t wait to put your roots down in a city with a vibrant urban core. Or perhaps you dream of of a city with plenty of parks and places to enjoy the great outdoors, or one that offers great schools – from kindergarten to college – for you and your family. You’ll find all of this and more in Cincinnati – a city that has long fused traditional with innovation. It’s quite possibly one of the country’s best kept secrets when it comes to great places to relocate.
Here are 7 reasons why living Cincinnati is the best. And yes, you should move here.
When you arrive in Cincinnati, get ready for sticker shock. In a good way. The cost of living in Cincinnati falls well below the average than larger nearby cities like Chicago, Nashville, and even Cleveland. Your dollar simply goes farther in Cincinnati, so you have more to spend on evenings out exploring the city's restaurants and cultural offerings. And we admit, it's a great feeling to stand in your historic apartment with tall ceilings and a view of the Cincinnati skyline and wonder what the same apartment would cost in, say, San Francisco.
2. Vibrant Arts Scene
From the Cincinnati Art Museum. to the Contemporary Art Center and every gallery in between, Cincinnati is a city that loves the arts. You'll likely walk past a few murals by ArtWorks depicting prominent Cincinnati people on your way to Music Hall to hear the acclaimed Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra or take in an opera. Of course, if you're more into rock, punk, or bluegrass music, you'll fit right in. Cincinnati's live music scene offers something for everyone.
3. Great Restaurants
For a long time, Cincinnati was home to The Maisonette, a nationally known, Michelin loved French restaurant that helped put the city on the culinary map. Today, restaurants like Senate, Salazar ,and Boca uphold Cincinnati's reputation as a culinary destination. Make no mistake, there is serious chef talent in this town. And yes, Cincinnati institutions like Graeter's, Skyline, and LaRosa's count as culinary destinations, too.
4. Gorgeous Parks
Cincinnati is home to gorgeous city parks, including Eden Park, Ault Park, and Smale Riverfront Park that runs along the Ohio River. These are meticulously maintained parks designed to inspire visitors thanks to incredible gardens and areas to relax and unwind. Mount Airy Forest, Sharon Woods, and Miami Whitewater are just a few parks in nearby neighborhoods that offer great hiking trails and recreation areas.
5. Family Friendly
Cincinnati is full of family friendly neighborhoods that offer great schools, affordable housing, and supportive, friendly neighbors. There's no shortage of kid-oriented destinations like the Cincinnati Children's Museum, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, and Washington Park. And should your little one need a doctor, they'll be in good hands thanks to Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
6. Higher Learning
It doesn't matter if you're six or 60 - if you want to attend a great school, you'll find it in Cincinnati. Public schools including Walnut Hills and the School for the Creative and Performing Arts rank high nationally on a regular basis, and the city is home to several universities and colleges including Xavier University and, of course, the University of Cincinnati - a top dog for music, visual arts and medicine.
7. Northern Kentucky
That's right. One of the greatest things about living in Cincinnati is it's close proximity to the Bluegrass State. Just over a bridge (take your pick of a few) you'll find the Newport Levee, and historic places like Bellevue and Covington's Mainstrausse Village that are fun to explore.
Ready to pack your bags? There’s no bad time to move to Cincinnati, and with the money you’ll save moving to The Queen City, you can afford to throw yourself a pretty fancy going away party.
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