THE 10 BEST Neighborhoods In Cincinnati For 2020

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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Cincinnati.
Best Neighborhoods In Cincinnati

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. So, if you're thinking of moving to Ohio and Cincinnati is on the top of your list, check out our best neighborhoods to live in.

So what's the best neighborhood to live in Cincinnati for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Mount Lookout looks to be the best Cincinnati neighborhood to live in.

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.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Cincinnati

Population: 5,949
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $368,071 (First best)
Median Income: $93,019 (Second best)
More on Mount Lookout: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Hyde Park Cincinnati, OH

Population: 12,948
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $307,029 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $68,455 (Fifth best)
More on Hyde Park: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Mount Adams Cincinnati, OH

Population: 2,226
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $362,500 (Second best)
Median Income: $89,772 (Third best)
More on Mount Adams: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Oakley Cincinnati, OH

Population: 10,214
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $213,580 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $59,057 (Ninth best)
More on Oakley: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Columbia-Tusculum Cincinnati, OH

Population: 2,046
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $304,633 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $67,981 (Sixth best)
More on Columbia-Tusculum: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Population: 672
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $222,750 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $105,702 (First best)
More on California: Homes For Sale | Data

Clifton Cincinnati, OH

Population: 8,188
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $260,510 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $37,104 (23rd best)
More on Clifton: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Population: 300
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $319,033 (Third best)
Median Income: $80,494 (Fourth best)
More on Linwood: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 11,430
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $171,933 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $65,156 (Eighth best)
More on Mount Washington: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 7,480
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $164,354 (12th best)
Median Income: $57,771 (Tenth best)
More on Pleasant Ridge: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Cincinnati, OH Neighborhoods In 2020

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 then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 45 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, Ohio has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Cincinnati

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

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Cincinnati aren't all good. North Fairmount takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Cincinnati.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Cincinnati For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Mount Lookout 5,949 $368,071 $93,019
2 Hyde Park 12,948 $307,029 $68,455
3 Mount Adams 2,226 $362,500 $89,772
4 Oakley 10,214 $213,580 $59,057
5 Columbia-Tusculum 2,046 $304,633 $67,981
6 California 672 $222,750 $105,702
7 Clifton 8,188 $260,510 $37,104
8 Linwood 300 $319,033 $80,494
9 Mount Washington 11,430 $171,933 $65,156
10 Pleasant Ridge 7,480 $164,354 $57,771
11 Madisonville 9,104 $130,092 $53,403
12 Central Business District 3,996 $164,700 $67,055
13 Hartwell 5,480 $119,275 $56,395
14 Kennedy Heights 4,580 $118,186 $47,746
15 Mount Auburn 5,547 $151,978 $37,168
16 North Avondale 6,806 $136,236 $40,132
17 East End 1,858 $174,517 $53,061
18 Paddock Hills 1,314 $129,867 $43,834
19 Over-The-Rhine 5,763 $139,342 $31,739
20 College Hill 14,184 $106,100 $40,578
21 Northside 7,752 $128,117 $38,584
22 Evanston 8,617 $127,646 $31,060
23 Walnut Hills 6,532 $133,645 $29,954
24 Sayler Park 2,624 $101,825 $38,281
25 Mount Airy 8,727 $117,200 $42,393
26 Bond Hill 7,739 $94,364 $32,995
27 Westwood 30,274 $93,777 $34,183
28 Carthage 2,590 $83,750 $35,534
29 West Price Hill 19,093 $73,814 $36,859
30 Corryville 3,234 $78,067 $22,246
31 Cuf 16,520 $80,500 $25,473
32 Winton Place 2,163 $81,550 $39,912
33 Avondale 7,622 $76,564 $21,608
34 Riverside 1,427 $81,475 $33,173
35 Camp Washington 1,465 $75,550 $32,840
36 Roselawn 6,754 $63,989 $31,019
37 East Price Hill 11,611 $64,475 $29,480
38 Winton Hills 5,882 $74,125 $26,537
39 West End 6,090 $63,660 $18,511
40 South Cumminsville 2,803 $67,400 $14,152
41 East Westwood 4,424 $54,567 $17,985
42 Sedamsville 286 $70,550 $24,346
43 South Fairmount 4,309 $44,791 $22,918
44 Lower Price Hill 1,291 $58,229 $29,124
45 North Fairmount 1,854 $42,480 $18,817

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.

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