These Are The 10 Best Cincinnati Suburbs For 2018


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

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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…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around Cincinnati for 2018:

  1. Mariemont (Photos | Homes)
  2. Wyoming (Photos | Homes)
  3. Terrace Park (Photos | Homes)
  4. Montgomery (Photos | Homes)
  5. Madeira (Photos | Homes)
  6. Amberley (Photos | Homes)
  7. Evendale (Photos | Homes)
  8. Edgewood (Homes)
  9. Mason (Photos | Homes)
  10. Glendale (Photos | Homes)

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.

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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 2018

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 (2012-2016) 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.

1. Mariemont

Mariemont, Ohio

Population: 3,400
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Median Home Price: $364,900
Median Income: $92,216
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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 $92,216 a year, which is the 9th highest in the Cincinnati region. And only 3.5% are out of work. Homes average more than $364,900 each.

2. Wyoming

Wyoming, Ohio

Population: 8,484
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Median Home Price: $305,900
Median Income: $120,676
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Wyoming is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Cincinnati for 2018.

It ranks 2nd for incomes in the area and only 2.1% of residents lack insurance, good for 4th best.

3. Terrace Park

Terrace Park, Ohio

Population: 2,356
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Median Home Price: $496,700
Median Income: $145,625
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Here in Terrace 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 Terrace Park.

4. Montgomery

Montgomery, Ohio

Population: 10,440
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Median Home Price: $332,900
Median Income: $108,469
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Montgomery ranks as the 4th best suburb of Cincinnati for 2018.

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.

5. Madeira

Madeira, Ohio

Population: 8,924
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Median Home Price: $249,700
Median Income: $91,810
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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 $249,700. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Amberley

Amberley, Ohio

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Population: 3,595
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Median Home Price: $305,500
Median Income: $115,703
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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 2.2% which is 2nd 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.

7. Evendale

Evendale, Ohio

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,769
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Median Home Price: $264,200
Median Income: $113,875
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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.

8. Edgewood

Edgewood, Ohio

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Population: 8,703
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Median Home Price: $204,300
Median Income: $89,073
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Edgewood 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 2.9% of people lack insurance, good for 7th in the area.

9. Mason

Mason, Ohio

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Population: 32,025
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Median Home Price: $230,100
Median Income: $92,819
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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.

10. Glendale

Glendale, Ohio

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Population: 2,246
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Median Home Price: $245,300
Median Income: $96,964
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And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is Glendale.

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.

Welcome to the Best Cincinnati ‘Burbs of 2018

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 Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Mariemont 3,400 3.5% $364,900 $92,216
2 Wyoming 8,484 4.1% $305,900 $120,676
3 Terrace Park 2,356 3.9% $496,700 $145,625
4 Montgomery 10,440 3.3% $332,900 $108,469
5 Madeira 8,924 3.0% $249,700 $91,810
6 Amberley 3,595 2.2% $305,500 $115,703
7 Evendale 2,769 2.3% $264,200 $113,875
8 Edgewood 8,703 2.5% $204,300 $89,073
9 Mason 32,025 3.6% $230,100 $92,819
10 Glendale 2,246 4.8% $245,300 $96,964
11 Lakeside Park 2,762 3.1% $233,200 $68,594
12 Union 5,677 3.3% $238,800 $100,517
13 Crestview Hills 3,327 5.1% $185,000 $68,186
14 Fort Thomas 16,317 4.1% $200,600 $68,333
15 Cold Spring 6,168 2.5% $193,100 $68,483
16 Fort Wright 5,732 3.2% $189,000 $68,422
17 Blue Ash 12,154 5.1% $233,200 $72,628
18 Loveland 12,641 2.2% $172,900 $69,355
19 Fort Mitchell 8,245 2.8% $229,600 $62,396
20 Villa Hills 7,404 9.0% $211,800 $85,217
21 Harrison 10,522 4.5% $139,500 $61,343
22 Alexandria 8,878 4.6% $156,900 $74,409
23 Deer Park 5,707 4.4% $121,400 $49,102
24 Independence 26,317 5.0% $160,400 $73,038
25 Crescent Springs 3,986 2.5% $213,300 $53,724
26 Monroe 13,552 5.7% $162,800 $72,982
27 Greenhills 3,591 4.6% $114,700 $56,537
28 Fairfield 42,640 5.4% $146,800 $60,336
29 Bellevue 5,879 7.9% $116,900 $54,554
30 Trenton 12,477 6.2% $123,700 $63,618
31 Greendale 4,475 5.7% $125,300 $60,195
32 Lebanon 20,536 5.8% $163,800 $61,669
33 Florence 31,735 6.9% $139,100 $53,911
34 Wilder 3,066 2.5% $133,500 $57,972
35 South Lebanon 4,746 10.6% $230,300 $61,957
36 Oxford 21,941 4.7% $185,900 $29,451
37 Southgate 3,814 1.7% $114,000 $53,026
38 Taylor Mill 6,719 5.5% $148,900 $55,319
39 Walton 4,081 7.5% $147,900 $64,551
40 Cleves 3,371 9.3% $142,400 $64,848
41 Sharonville 13,782 4.3% $141,900 $52,934
42 Highland Heights 7,136 6.9% $126,700 $55,457
43 Park Hills 2,987 6.1% $190,000 $47,115
44 Amelia 5,132 7.3% $141,200 $52,628
45 Golf Manor 3,588 5.8% $89,200 $40,361
46 Erlanger 18,565 5.9% $119,800 $55,982
47 Reading 10,342 7.7% $116,800 $44,271
48 Forest Park 18,679 6.4% $111,300 $52,750
49 Silverton 4,766 7.4% $113,800 $34,750
50 Elsmere 8,488 5.7% $105,500 $52,969
51 St. Bernard 4,352 9.4% $93,700 $48,305
52 Mount Healthy 6,054 7.1% $84,600 $34,404
53 Woodlawn 3,279 5.9% $96,200 $55,028
54 Crittenden 3,843 4.2% $125,400 $48,503
55 Springdale 11,205 5.6% $126,300 $49,200
56 Milford 6,833 4.7% $152,700 $38,418
57 North College Hill 9,351 9.2% $83,400 $41,841
58 Cheviot 8,318 10.3% $90,100 $41,289
59 Norwood 19,462 6.0% $118,700 $40,306
60 Ludlow 4,528 11.2% $108,600 $47,006
61 Rising Sun 2,370 6.8% $105,800 $40,451
62 New Richmond 2,645 8.6% $146,700 $47,245
63 Dayton 5,385 7.6% $90,100 $38,514
64 Hamilton 62,259 9.8% $99,900 $40,401
65 Bethel 2,763 8.6% $84,700 $40,677
66 Newport 15,321 9.2% $121,700 $33,008
67 Williamsburg 2,543 5.1% $106,700 $48,102
68 Covington 40,766 9.8% $99,100 $37,391
69 Lawrenceburg 4,983 9.5% $136,100 $40,309
70 Aurora 3,697 13.1% $120,300 $38,094
71 New Miami 2,126 9.8% $73,500 $40,625
72 Lincoln Heights 3,360 29.4% $75,400 $23,494
73 Middletown 48,527 13.1% $91,300 $36,898
74 Lockland 3,435 11.4% $81,100 $31,742

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