This midwestern city sits on the banks of the Ohio River and looks right at Kentucky. It’s inhabited by folks who love their city, their sports and their chili. They are a polite people who say “please” a lot — Cincy language for “what?” or “excuse me?”
If you’re thinking about moving to Cincinnati, the neighborhoods of Hyde Park and Clifton are quaint areas with a fun vibe and plenty of restaurants, cafes and shops. The Esquire Theatre in Clifton is the community’s early art deco centerpiece; it’s over 100 years old and screens current and retro movies. Mt. Adams and Indian Hill are more suburban neighborhoods great for families.
Over-The-Rhino (or OTR) is an up-and-coming neighborhood that has historically been rough around the edges, to say the least. But things are looking up in OTR these days. Both the New York Times and Politico have likened today’s version of the neighborhood to New York City’s Greenwich Village (for those who don’t know, that’s a good thing). It’s mostly due to trendy new restaurants, bars and apartment buildings going up, but OTR also owes a lot of its charm to its beautiful 19th-century architecture. An apartment here will cost you an average of about $1,300 a month. This is on par with the city’s median rent of $1,250 a month. The median home value is $129,600, but homes go for significantly more in the most desirable neighborhoods.
Cincinnati is a young city with a median age of about 33, and about half the population is single. So if you’re looking for love, check out the bar scene. The city is chock full of quirky cocktail bars, romantic wine bars and good-old-fashioned pubs — after all, the residents are predominantly of German and Irish descent.
And speaking of German things, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is a big deal around here. The two-day event claims to be the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the United States. Another German tradition in Cincinnati is Goetta. No, that’s not a typo, but the name of a German-inspired concoction of ground meat, oats and onion that’s shaped into a patty — and it’s a Cincinnati delicacy. Other big-deal foods are chili, Graeter’s ice cream and B-Dubs (that’s Buffalo Wild Wings to the layman).
They love their foods, but Cincinnatians are perhaps most passionate about their sports, and with good reason: The Cincinnati Reds (known as the Red Stockings back then) were actually the very first MLB team. Over in football land, you’ve got to root for the Bengals. And when you do, the appropriate chant is “Who Dey!” Other things to do: Check out the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and The American Sign Museum (as in vintage neon signs) and ride the rides at Coney Island.