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:
- Mount Lookout (Homes)
- Hyde Park (Homes)
- Oakley (Homes)
- Mount Adams (Homes)
- Clifton (Homes)
- Columbia-Tusculum (Homes)
- Over-The-Rhine (Homes)
- Mount Auburn (Homes)
- Northside (Homes)
- East End (Homes)
Read on to see how we determined the places around Cincinnati that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Cincinnati.
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How do you determine the top 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.
1. Mount Lookout
Median Income: $90,262
Median Home Value: $340,714
Mount Lookout, Ohio is one of the Eastern neighborhoods of Cincinnati, just northwest of Linwood and overlooking the Ohio River valley. The neighborhood is named for the Mount Lookout Observatory, which moved to the neighborhood in 1873. The population was 4,814 at the 2010 census.
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2. Hyde Park
Median Income: $66,566
Median Home Value: $297,282
Hyde Park was established in 1892 by several prominent Cincinnati businessmen who wanted to create a community exclusively for Cincinnati’s wealthy. The neighborhood is named after New York’s fashionable Hyde Park area, which the men wanted to duplicate. The men bought up all the land in the area, and then shaped their community by closely monitoring prospective residents and selling only to those they deemed suitable. Hyde Park was annexed by the City of Cincinnati in November, 1903.
More on Hyde Park: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $57,662
Median Home Value: $198,300
Oakley is a neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio that borders Pleasant Ridge, Madisonville, and Hyde Park. Oakley’s business district, called Oakley Square, lies along Madison Road. Oakley is a primary thoroughfare and a major crosstown artery in Cincinnati. The population was 10,429 at the 2010 census.
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4. Mount Adams
Median Income: $88,934
Median Home Value: $373,000
Mt. Adams is a geographic landmark and residential neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio, located directly east of downtown Cincinnati, south of Walnut Hills, south-west of East Walnut Hills, and west of the East End.
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Median Income: $33,953
Median Home Value: $277,670
Clifton was incorporated as a village in 1850. The village took its name from the Clifton farm, which contained 1,200 acres of hills and dales. In the nineteenth century, mansions set in extensive grounds of gardens, parkland and woodlands dominated the northern section of Clifton, farther from the city. Their gates and gatehouses were spaced at intervals along Lafayette Avenue. In the southern section, denser settlement flanked a growing business district along Ludlow Avenue, centered on its juncture with Clifton Avenue.
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Median Income: $78,187
Median Home Value: $341,333
Columbia was founded in 1788 on the Little Miami River and predates Losantiville by a month. The first Protestant church in the Northwest Territory was erected in Columbia. The Cincinnati area’s first school opened here in 1790. Many of the early settlers are buried in the former Columbia Baptist Cemetery, founded in 1790. The cemetery is now known as the Pioneer Memorial Cemetery.
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Median Income: $26,438
Median Home Value: $144,642
Built in the nineteenth century during a period of extensive German immigration, Over-the-Rhine changed as many residents moved to the suburbs following World War 2. The city and area had lost many of the industrial jobs which once supported its workers. By the end of the century, the area was notable for the poverty of remaining residents. In this time period residents united and created many life-saving organizations. The community was strong and accepting.
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8. Mount Auburn
Median Income: $30,933
Median Home Value: $145,667
Mount Auburn Historic District is located in the Mount Auburn neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio. It extends along both sides of Auburn Avenue roughly between Ringold Street and William H. Taft Road. The population of Mount Auburn was 4,904 at the 2010 census.
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Median Income: $34,303
Median Home Value: $124,242
Northside is a neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was originally known as Cumminsville, but changed names to ‘Northside’ several decades ago after I-74 divided the neighborhood into Northside and South Cumminsville. The population was 7,467 at the 2010 census. Northside has a very racially and socio-economically diverse population, with concentrations of college students, artists, young professionals, and many members of the creative class. In recent years, Northside has earned a reputation as welcoming to Cincinnati’s gay and lesbian community.
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10. East End
Median Income: $48,634
Median Home Value: $173,983
East End is a neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is the location of the Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport and Columbia Parkway. The population was 1,518 at the 2010 census.
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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:
- Camp Washington
- North Fairmount
For more reading, check out:
Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Cincinnati
|17||Central Business District||4,134|
|27||East Price Hill||12,252|
|28||West Price Hill||20,237|
|31||Lower Price Hill||1,599|