These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Cincinnati For 2018


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 for 2018:

  1. Mount Lookout
  2. Hyde Park
  3. Oakley
  4. Mount Adams
  5. Clifton
  6. Columbia-Tusculum
  7. Over-The-Rhine
  8. Mount Auburn
  9. Northside
  10. East End

Read on to see how we determined the places around Cincinnati that deserve a little bragging rights.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Ohio check out the best places in Ohio overall or the worst neighborhoods in Cincinnati.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Cincinnati for 2018?

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

Population: 5,824
Median Income: $90,262
Median Home Value: $340,714

2. Hyde Park

Population: 13,316
Median Income: $66,566
Median Home Value: $297,282

3. Oakley

Population: 9,469
Median Income: $57,662
Median Home Value: $198,300

4. Mount Adams

Population: 2,160
Median Income: $88,934
Median Home Value: $373,000

5. Clifton

Population: 8,655
Median Income: $33,953
Median Home Value: $277,670

6. Columbia-Tusculum

Population: 2,075
Median Income: $78,187
Median Home Value: $341,333

7. Over-The-Rhine

Population: 5,259
Median Income: $26,438
Median Home Value: $144,642

8. Mount Auburn

Population: 5,813
Median Income: $30,933
Median Home Value: $145,667

9. Northside

Population: 7,235
Median Income: $34,303
Median Home Value: $124,242

10. East End

Population: 1,797
Median Income: $48,634
Median Home Value: $173,983

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. Camp Washington
  2. North Fairmount
  3. Roselawn

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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 5,824 $340,714 2,423 2.8%
Hyde Park 2 13,316 $297,282 2,423 3.1%
Oakley 3 9,469 $198,300 2,423 3.0%
Mount Adams 4 2,160 $373,000 2,423 5.7%
Clifton 5 8,655 $277,670 2,423 3.0%
Columbia-Tusculum 6 2,075 $341,333 2,423 3.9%
Over-The-Rhine 7 5,259 $144,642 6,091 10.3%
Mount Auburn 8 5,813 $145,667 6,155 13.7%
Northside 9 7,235 $124,242 5,794 10.5%
East End 10 1,797 $173,983 3,763 9.1%
Pleasant Ridge 11 7,751 $161,800 4,688 4.5%
Mount Washington 12 11,074 $172,150 3,860 4.4%
Walnut Hills 13 5,873 $134,291 6,136 10.8%
Winton Place 14 2,140 $87,425 7,762 10.0%
Mount Airy 15 8,820 $120,622 6,544 10.3%
Kennedy Heights 16 4,640 $130,243 5,703 4.3%
Central Business District 17 4,134 $170,764 3,296 6.1%
North Avondale 18 7,210 $143,173 5,923 7.1%
Paddock Hills 19 1,305 $139,700 5,760 5.7%
Westwood 20 29,692 $96,553 7,424 12.4%
Hartwell 21 5,339 $120,500 5,960 3.4%
Madisonville 22 9,093 $139,185 5,040 6.5%
Evanston 23 8,531 $120,862 6,559 7.3%
Cuf 24 16,578 $106,042 8,004 6.4%
College Hill 25 14,280 $104,941 6,787 7.0%
Riverside 26 1,523 $76,200 7,599 6.4%
East Price Hill 27 12,252 $60,131 8,956 11.3%
West Price Hill 28 20,237 $81,473 7,945 8.7%
Avondale 29 7,458 $76,625 8,756 13.1%
Corryville 30 3,083 $105,533 7,733 8.3%
Lower Price Hill 31 1,599 $60,700 8,997 14.6%
Winton Hills 32 5,502 $77,000 8,040 10.6%
Bond Hill 33 7,972 $98,614 7,448 8.8%
Sayler Park 34 2,701 $100,725 7,028 7.2%
West End 35 5,645 $83,430 8,233 17.4%
Carthage 36 2,768 $95,300 7,372 5.2%
East Westwood 37 4,364 $62,367 9,197 18.3%
South Cumminsville 38 2,594 $71,367 9,468 22.2%
South Fairmount 39 4,356 $58,855 9,282 14.1%
Roselawn 40 6,213 $69,689 8,318 9.5%
North Fairmount 41 2,117 $43,900 9,691 19.5%
Camp Washington 42 1,582 $81,350 8,787 7.7%

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