Cincinnati 411: What are we all about?

Skyline RiverboatSome say Cincinnati is a wonderfully big small town. We're big enough that Fortune 500 firms like Procter & Gamble, GE Aviation, and Macy's call us home. Big enough that ground-breaking advances in cancer treatment, cardiac care, and robotic surgery are happening here all the time at nationally ranked facilities including The Christ Hospital, University Hospital, and The Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Big enough to sustain several first-rate performing arts organizations and host world-class touring shows and exhibits.

In our hearts, however, we remain endearingly small. Cincinnati is a city where everyone can make a difference, whether you're a longtime resident or a relative newcomer, and where everything you need and want is within reach. We are No. 9 on Forbes' list of "The Best Cities For Raising a Family" and the No. 1 least-costly location to do business in the U.S., according to a study conducted by the audit, tax, and advisory firm KPMG.

Of course, you may not realize, for example, that we are the home of the first professional baseball team, the first concrete skyscraper, and the first large manufacturing business to be owned by a woman. That's because we're not likely to tell you about it. We're a city of innovators and doers. It doesn't matter to us who gets the credit, as long as the essential work of our community gets done.

That said, there are a few things we should explain a little better for our newcomers—like how to navigate our highways, and how to eat our famous Cincinnati chili. Click on the links below to begin "speaking Cincinnati" like a native.

Cincinnati At A Glance


  • The city's population is about 300,000. The metropolitan area, which includes 15 counties, has a population of approximately 2.1 million.
  • Cincinnati is home to 10 Fortune 500 companies and two Fortune 100 companies.
  • More than 300 colleges and universities are located within a 200-mile radius of Cincinnati.
  • Forbes magazine named Cincinnati the 5th most affordable metropolitan area in the U.S., the 9th best city for raising a family, and the 9th safest city in the U.S.
  • Men's Health magazine named Cincinnati among the fittest cities in the country for children.
  • AmericanStyle magazine recently ranked Cincinnati No. 9 on its list of 25 Midsize Cities for Art.
  • Cincinnati is No. 3 on Lonely Planet's "Top 10 U.S. Travel Destinations for 2012."
  • AOL Real Estate ranked Cincinnati among its top 10 cities for young people.

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