Best Cincinnati Suburbs To Live For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth 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...

What's the best suburb of Cincinnati? Wyoming ranks as the best suburb of Cincinnati for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Wyoming, 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.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.
Or feel free to check out some more reading about Ohio:

The 10 Best Cincinnati Suburbs To Live For 2020

Wyoming, OH

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 8,535
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $121,071
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 1.7%
More on Wyoming: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wyoming is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Cincinnati area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Wyoming."

Everyone here is rich; families average $121,071 a year, which is the 5th highest in the Cincinnati region. And only 2.74% are out of work. Homes average more than $314,800 each.

Mariemont, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 3,429
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $101,161
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
More on Mariemont: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mariemont is the second best 'burb we looked at near Cincinnati for 2020.

It ranks 8th for incomes in the area and only 1.2% of residents lack insurance, good for 5th best.

Lakeside Park, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,749
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Income: $79,063
Unemployment Rate: 0.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.0%
More on Lakeside Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Lakeside Park, 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 Lakeside Park.

Montgomery, OH

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 10,663
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $123,214
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 2.8%
More on Montgomery: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Montgomery ranks as the 4th best suburb of Cincinnati for 2020.

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

Madeira, OH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,091
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $112,513
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 1.8%
More on Madeira: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Madeira.

Madeira gets kudos for having the 7th most expensive homes in the Cincinnati area, where houses sell for an average of $281,100. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Terrace Park, OH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,350
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 5)
Median Income: $163,958
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
More on Terrace Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Terrace Park 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 2.83% which is 18th best in the area.

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

Amberley, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 3,780
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $131,307
Unemployment Rate: 0.8%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
More on Amberley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Amberley 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 6.0 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Union, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,815
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $113,194
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 1.9%
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 0.67% of people lack insurance, good for 2nd in the area.

Mason, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 32,749
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $96,511
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Poverty Rate: 2.4%
More on Mason: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Mason?'

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.

Edgewood, KY

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,723
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $99,183
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Edgewood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is Edgewood.

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.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Cincinnati for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs 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 for 2014-2018 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, Wyoming. You can download the data here.

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.

Welcome to the Best Cincinnati 'Burbs of 2020

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.

For more Ohio reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cincinnati Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Wyoming, OH 8,535 $121,071
2 Mariemont, OH 3,429 $101,161
3 Lakeside Park, OH 2,749 $79,063
4 Montgomery, OH 10,663 $123,214
5 Madeira, OH 9,091 $112,513
6 Terrace Park, OH 2,350 $163,958
7 Amberley, OH 3,780 $131,307
8 Union, OH 5,815 $113,194
9 Mason, OH 32,749 $96,511
10 Edgewood, OH 8,723 $99,183
11 Evendale, OH 2,859 $121,750
12 Crestview Hills, OH 3,281 $76,179
13 Blue Ash, OH 12,150 $83,079
14 Crescent Springs, OH 4,035 $70,196
15 Fort Thomas, OH 16,313 $76,837
16 Glendale, OH 2,228 $100,781
17 Villa Hills, OH 7,410 $89,393
18 Cold Spring, OH 6,319 $64,479
19 Fort Wright, OH 5,724 $74,798
20 Fort Mitchell, OH 8,237 $66,754
21 Loveland, OH 13,082 $69,691
22 Monroe, OH 14,013 $83,275
23 Alexandria, OH 9,211 $80,313
24 Bellevue, OH 5,828 $58,750
25 Greenhills, OH 3,596 $62,250
26 Deer Park, OH 5,688 $64,531
27 Independence, OH 27,183 $79,224
28 Trenton, OH 12,755 $73,297
29 Harrison, OH 11,521 $60,688
30 Lebanon, OH 20,584 $66,754
31 Sharonville, OH 13,942 $62,908
32 South Lebanon, OH 4,622 $66,034
33 Erlanger, OH 18,776 $60,124
34 Fairfield, OH 42,636 $61,042
35 Taylor Mill, OH 6,746 $65,598
36 Park Hills, OH 2,983 $57,969
37 Florence, OH 31,940 $57,041
38 Amelia, OH 5,074 $65,417
39 Oxford, OH 22,612 $27,238
40 Wilder, OH 3,083 $61,705
41 Walton, OH 4,281 $68,854
42 Southgate, OH 3,859 $52,917
43 Greendale, OH 4,165 $61,521
44 Cleves, OH 3,394 $68,906
45 Reading, OH 10,286 $51,171
46 Woodlawn, OH 3,319 $56,667
47 Crittenden, OH 3,861 $47,061
48 Highland Heights, OH 7,136 $48,670
49 Forest Park, OH 18,703 $54,974
50 Golf Manor, OH 3,549 $44,662
51 Milford, OH 6,861 $46,188
52 Elsmere, OH 8,570 $53,697
53 Rising Sun, OH 2,091 $42,560
54 Mount Healthy, OH 6,076 $38,250
55 Ludlow, OH 4,515 $49,917
56 Springdale, OH 11,228 $54,329
57 Cheviot, OH 8,318 $46,134
58 New Richmond, OH 2,666 $53,889
59 Dayton, OH 5,422 $48,629
60 Norwood, OH 19,796 $44,570
61 Lawrenceburg, OH 4,979 $30,735
62 St. Bernard, OH 4,355 $52,364
63 Newport, OH 15,152 $35,164
64 Silverton, OH 4,767 $39,959
65 North College Hill, OH 9,307 $43,977
66 Williamsburg, OH 2,535 $49,688
67 Hamilton, OH 62,259 $43,280
68 Lincoln Heights, OH 3,337 $23,931
69 Covington, OH 40,552 $41,254
70 Bethel, OH 2,770 $39,224
71 New Miami, OH 2,416 $40,612
72 Middletown, OH 48,449 $39,520
73 Lockland, OH 3,459 $30,101
74 Aurora, OH 3,678 $34,743

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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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.