These Are The 10 Best Cincinnati Suburbs For 2019


We analyzed over 74 places around Cincinnati to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best Cincinnati suburbs.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Cincinnati are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

If you happen to be a resident of Mariemont, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Cincinnati ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

Or feel free to check out some more reading about Ohio:

Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Cincinnati for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Cincinnati was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2013-2017) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Cincinnati.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 74 suburbs to evaluate around Cincinnati.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 74 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near Cincinnati.” We’re lookin’ at you, Mariemont.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Mariemont, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 3,404
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $98,208
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
More on Mariemont: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mariemont is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Cincinnati area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Mariemont.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $98,208 a year, which is the 8th highest in the Cincinnati region. And only 3.6% are out of work. Homes average more than $372,700 each.

Wyoming, OH

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 8,476
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $118,947
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 2.1%
More on Wyoming: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wyoming is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Cincinnati for 2019.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 1.3% of residents lack insurance, good for 3rd best.

Montgomery, OH

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 10,587
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $115,489
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
More on Montgomery: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Montgomery, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Cincinnati metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Montgomery.

Madeira, OH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,993
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $97,292
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 1.9%
More on Madeira: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Madeira ranks as the 4th best suburb of Cincinnati for 2019.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Madeira and the schools are some of the best around.

Lakeside Park, KY

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,743
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 6)
Median Income: $86,776
Unemployment Rate: 0.0%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Lakeside Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Lakeside Park.

Lakeside Park gets kudos for having the 9th most expensive homes in the Cincinnati area, where houses sell for an average of $253,200. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Amberley, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 3,766
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $124,750
Unemployment Rate: 1.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.0%
More on Amberley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Amberley is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 1.1% which is 4th best in the area.

According to online reports, Amberley is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Cincinnati area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Evendale, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,857
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $115,882
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Poverty Rate: 1.5%
More on Evendale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Evendale.

Evendale schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 8.7 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Union, KY

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,751
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Income: $107,361
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 1.2%
More on Union: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Union is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 0.9% of people lack insurance, good for 2nd in the area.

Edgewood, KY

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,688
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $93,958
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
More on Edgewood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is ‘Everything Better In Edgewood?’

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Mason, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 32,317
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $93,872
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 2.3%
More on Mason: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Mason.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Review Of Mason by John Lyes

I lived in Mason, loved it, but Dayton is a shitville

Welcome to the Best Cincinnati ‘Burbs of 2019

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Cincinnati, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

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Detailed List Of The Best Cincinnati Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Mariemont 3,404 $98,208
2 Wyoming 8,476 $118,947
3 Montgomery 10,587 $115,489
4 Madeira 8,993 $97,292
5 Lakeside Park 2,743 $86,776
6 Amberley 3,766 $124,750
7 Evendale 2,857 $115,882
8 Union 5,751 $107,361
9 Edgewood 8,688 $93,958
10 Mason 32,317 $93,872
11 Terrace Park 2,341 $160,000
12 Cold Spring 6,283 $68,701
13 Glendale 2,158 $101,359
14 Fort Thomas 16,254 $71,956
15 Crestview Hills 3,321 $71,696
16 Crescent Springs 4,019 $66,821
17 Fort Mitchell 8,239 $64,229
18 Fort Wright 5,718 $70,360
19 Loveland 12,884 $70,469
20 Villa Hills 7,397 $85,230
21 Blue Ash 12,096 $75,775
22 Monroe 13,946 $81,442
23 Deer Park 5,701 $60,639
24 Alexandria 9,022 $72,721
25 Independence 26,772 $75,647
26 Harrison 11,093 $59,472
27 Trenton 12,601 $67,975
28 Greenhills 3,599 $56,587
29 Bellevue 5,838 $57,038
30 South Lebanon 4,393 $67,292
31 Taylor Mill 6,739 $62,154
32 Park Hills 2,985 $53,586
33 Lebanon 20,500 $64,700
34 Sharonville 13,974 $61,477
35 Fairfield 42,589 $62,198
36 Florence 31,603 $56,670
37 Erlanger 18,674 $56,563
38 Southgate 3,831 $53,096
39 Greendale 4,537 $56,302
40 Oxford 22,624 $26,816
41 Woodlawn 3,295 $57,213
42 Amelia 5,172 $61,556
43 Wilder 3,093 $55,473
44 Highland Heights 7,128 $51,705
45 Walton 4,189 $66,250
46 Golf Manor 3,548 $43,944
47 Silverton 4,757 $36,871
48 Crittenden 3,843 $44,469
49 Cleves 3,407 $66,354
50 Elsmere 8,555 $55,054
51 Reading 10,277 $48,701
52 Forest Park 18,675 $53,972
53 Milford 6,829 $43,514
54 North College Hill 9,322 $44,265
55 St. Bernard 4,366 $51,029
56 Rising Sun 2,219 $44,286
57 Norwood 19,611 $42,820
58 Cheviot 8,308 $40,949
59 Lawrenceburg 4,981 $37,123
60 Ludlow 4,523 $50,282
61 Springdale 11,203 $51,538
62 Mount Healthy 6,072 $36,098
63 Williamsburg 2,528 $51,006
64 New Richmond 2,647 $48,424
65 Dayton 5,378 $42,436
66 Newport 15,219 $33,363
67 Bethel 2,760 $44,167
68 Hamilton 62,216 $42,360
69 Covington 40,578 $38,346
70 Aurora 3,770 $37,808
71 Lincoln Heights 3,336 $24,055
72 New Miami 2,270 $42,469
73 Middletown 48,350 $39,116
74 Lockland 3,456 $31,875

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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