These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Cincinnati


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Cincinnati are the best of the best.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Cincinnati, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Cincinnati neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Cincinnati are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Cincinnati:

  1. Mount Lookout
  2. Hyde Park
  3. Oakley
  4. Mount Adams
  5. Columbia-Tusculum
  6. Clifton
  7. Mount Washington
  8. Central Business District
  9. Pleasant Ridge
  10. Hartwell

Read on to see how we determined the places around Cincinnati that deserve a little bragging rights. Would you rahter live outside of the city? Check out the best suburbs around Cincinnati.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Cincinnati?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Cincinnati, we had to determine what criteria defines a “best”.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 42 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the “Best City Neighborhood In Cincinnati.” We’re lookin’ at you, Mount Lookout.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Cincinnati has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

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1. Mount Lookout

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,175
Median Home Price: $330,500
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,587
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%

2. Hyde Park

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,111
Median Home Price: $308,606
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,587
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%

3. Oakley

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,795
Median Home Price: $195,430
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,587
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%

4. Mount Adams

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,923
Median Home Price: $342,933
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,587
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%

5. Columbia-Tusculum

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,049
Median Home Price: $350,067
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,587
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%

6. Clifton

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,440
Median Home Price: $225,690
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,463
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%

7. Mount Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,553
Median Home Price: $176,800
Crimes Per 100K People: 4,102
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%

8. Central Business District

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,427
Median Home Price: $256,786
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,587
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%

9. Pleasant Ridge

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,799
Median Home Price: $160,346
Crimes Per 100K People: 5,293
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%

10. Hartwell

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,794
Median Home Price: $149,883
Crimes Per 100K People: 5,667
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Cincinnati

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Cincinnati where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Cincinnati:

  1. South Cumminsville
  2. South Fairmount
  3. Lower Price Hill

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Cincinnati

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Mount Lookout 1 6,175 $330,500 2,587 2.6%
Hyde Park 2 13,111 $308,606 2,587 3.3%
Oakley 3 9,795 $195,430 2,587 2.9%
Mount Adams 4 1,923 $342,933 2,587 5.7%
Columbia-Tusculum 5 2,049 $350,067 2,587 2.7%
Clifton 6 8,440 $225,690 3,463 3.4%
Mount Washington 7 11,553 $176,800 4,102 4.1%
Central Business District 8 4,427 $256,786 2,587 5.1%
Pleasant Ridge 9 7,799 $160,346 5,293 5.2%
Hartwell 10 4,794 $149,883 5,667 4.4%
North Avondale 11 7,244 $172,230 5,514 5.8%
Madisonville 12 9,323 $139,546 5,710 6.5%
Paddock Hills 13 1,437 $156,433 5,456 7.5%
Kennedy Heights 14 4,464 $121,671 6,586 5.9%
Over-The-Rhine 15 4,244 $137,856 6,631 7.3%
Mount Auburn 16 5,383 $148,089 6,558 10.1%
Corryville 17 3,136 $126,133 7,617 5.1%
Cuf 18 14,934 $133,340 7,862 5.5%
Walnut Hills 19 5,902 $190,164 5,348 12.3%
Evanston 20 8,894 $121,642 6,942 7.8%
College Hill 21 14,094 $110,576 7,077 6.8%
Mount Airy 22 9,340 $132,311 6,728 9.6%
East End 23 1,722 $174,550 4,369 10.3%
West Price Hill 24 20,933 $94,948 8,225 8.1%
Westwood 25 28,951 $105,176 7,700 9.2%
Northside 26 7,257 $116,367 6,735 10.6%
Sayler Park 27 2,729 $101,850 7,463 7.4%
Bond Hill 28 7,948 $111,992 7,624 9.5%
West End 29 5,951 $132,571 7,417 8.9%
Carthage 30 2,696 $98,550 7,756 7.2%
Roselawn 31 6,032 $97,600 8,141 7.5%
Winton Hills 32 5,600 $111,933 7,749 10.6%
Winton Place 33 2,451 $95,475 8,073 7.4%
Riverside 34 1,592 $79,800 8,112 6.6%
East Price Hill 35 13,055 $69,462 9,428 11.3%
Avondale 36 7,792 $83,325 9,131 12.6%
East Westwood 37 4,124 $74,040 9,512 13.4%
Camp Washington 38 1,349 $65,000 9,761 9.3%
North Fairmount 39 2,318 $65,925 10,032 15.4%
Lower Price Hill 40 1,513 $71,717 9,574 11.5%
South Fairmount 41 4,672 $63,818 9,863 12.3%
South Cumminsville 42 2,300 $62,800 10,334 18.4%

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