A-to-Z GUIDE
to CINCINNATI

"Best Place to Live
in North America"

The Delta Queen docks for
Tall Stacks, a biennial celebration
of our riverboat history


It's official:
We're No. 1!

In 1993, Places Rated Almanac made official what we knew all along:
Greater Cincinnati is the No. 1 place to live in North America.
Read all about it -- and our area -- in our A-to-Z Guide to Greater Cincinnati:

Introduction

Our area

How they rated

. Arts . Jocks . Shopping
. Business . Kentucky . Transportation
. Crime and safety . Lay of the land . Ups and downs
. Dining out . Music and nightlife . Vision
. Education . Neighborhoods . Working
. Festivals . Ohio River . X-cellent adventures
. Government . People . Yesterday
. Health care . Quirks . Zoo
. Icons . Religion

Introduction

The authors of Places Rated Almanac went to a lot of trouble to determine the No. 1 place to live in North America. They might have just referred to poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow or Winston Churchill, who marveled at the beauty of the green hills surrounding the city and the Ohio River winding through the valley. Wadsworth dubbed Cincinnati "the Queen City of the West." A century later, Churchill called it America's "most beautiful inland city."

Cincinnati combines small-town charm and big-city amenities. People have a strong attachment to their neighborhoods and pride in their community. They feel comfortable where they live and where they go. The area is a center for arts, business, education, entertainment, health care, sports and transportation. Among its treasures:

  • The Ohio River, rich in history and commerce, invigorates downtown with floating restaurants and bars and carries more cargo than the Panama Canal.

  • The world-class Cincinnati Zoo, famous for breeding gorillas, black rhinos and the endangered Komodo Dragon.

  • Outstanding cultural attractions, including more than 100 museums and galleries, an internationally-renown symphony, opera and ballet.

  • The headquarters of Procter & Gamble and five other Fortune 500 corporations.

  • The Maisonette, the longest-standing five-star restaurant, and more restaurants than any other city its size.

  • Major-league sports, one of the world's top tennis tournaments, and arguably the best college basketball and high school sports in the country.

  • The funny way we say "Please?" when we mean "Huh?", and other quirks

  • Prospects for a bright future, with two new sports stadiums on the drawing board and downtown revitalization under way.

Greater Cincinnati has everything from A to Z. So does our guide. You can read about our famous citizens, how we work, shop, and pray. We hope you'll browse through it and enjoy it.

If you live in Greater Cincinnati, we hope you'll discover some new places to go, new things to do, or learn something you didn't know for the next time you want to brag about your community.

If you don't live here, here's a chance to discover what the editors of Places Rated Almanac did. Eat your heart out.

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Our area

Where is Cincinnati? The city is in southwestern Ohio, but the Greater Cincinnati metropolitan area crosses three states -- including Kentucky and Indiana -- and 13 counties.

The Tristate, as we call it, consists of eight counties:

  • Ohio: Hamilton, Butler, Warren and Clermont
  • Kentucky: Boone, Kenton and Campbell
  • Indiana: Dearborn
Greater Cincinnati, the metropolitan area designated by the federal government, includes five additional counties:

  • Ohio: Brown
  • Kentucky: Gallatin, Grant and Pendleton
  • Indiana: Ohio
For rating purposes, the Places Rated Almanac used the 12-county Cincinnati primary metropolitan statistical area. It did not include Butler County, which is considered a separate metropolitan area.

Here are some significant facts and figures:

Population (by 1990 census)

  • Greater Cincinnati (13 counties): 1.82 million
  • City of Cincinnati: 364,040
  • Hamilton Co. (Ohio): 866,228
  • Butler Co. (Ohio): 291,479
  • Clermont Co. (Ohio): 150,187
  • Kenton Co. (Ky.): 142,031
  • Warren Co. (Ohio): 113,909
  • Campbell Co. (Ky.): 83,866
  • Boone Co. (Ky.): 57,589
  • Dearborn Co. (Ind.): 38,835

Rank by population in the nation:

  • City of Cincinnati: 45
  • Greater Cincinnati: 31

Area (square miles)

  • City of Cincinnati: 78
  • Hamilton Co.: 414
  • Greater Cincinnati: 2,149

How Cincinnati got its name

Cincinnati was started in 1788 as a settlement named Losantiville. There the U.S. Army built Fort Washington as its headquarters for the west. General Arthur St. Clair renamed the settlement Cincinnati in honor of the Society of Cincinnati, an organization of Revolutionary War officers founded by George Washington.

Cincinnati was chartered as a village in 1802 and incorporated as a city in 1819.

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How they rated

Places Rated Almanac measured 343 metropolitan areas in 10 categories for its 1993 edition. The authors, David Savageau and Richard Boyer, used data from governments and private organizations. Their conclusions:

Cincinnati ranked the eighth safest of 43 metro areas with populations above 1 million.

Cincinnati ranked among the top 20% in the arts, job outlook, recreation, health care, education and transportation.

Here's how Cincinnati ranked:

  • Costs of living: 203
  • Job outlook: 34
  • Housing: 206
  • Transportation: 46
  • Education: 43
  • Health care: 66
  • Crime: 131
  • Arts: 56
  • Recreation: 64
  • Climate: 101
In three previous Almanac editions, Cincinnati ranked 17th in 1981 and '85 and 14th in '89.

The next rating will be announced in the Fall 1997.

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Complete list of city rankings

The 343 metropolitan areas listed best to worst by Places Rated Almanac:

1. Cincinnati. 2. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Wash. 3. Philadelphia, Pa.-N.J. 4. Toronto. 5. Pittsburgh. 6. Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, N.C. 7. Washington. 8. Salt Lake City-Ogden. 9. Indianapolis, Ind. 10. Louisville, Ky.-Ind. 11. Vancouver, British Columbia. 12. Atlanta. 13. Portland, Ore. 14. Cleveland-Lorain-Elyria. 15. Knoxville, Tenn. 16. San Diego. 17. Boston. 18. San Francisco. 19. Greensboro-Winston-Salem, N.C. 20. Syracuse, N.Y. 21. Baltimore. 22. St. Louis, Mo.-Ill. 23. Orange County, Calif. 24. Detroit. 25. Eugene-Springfield, Ore. 26. Oklahoma City. 27. Johnson City-Kingsport, Tenn.-Va. 27. Los Angeles-Long Beach. 29. Tucson, Ariz. 30. Quebec. 31. Nashville, Tenn. 32. Denver. 33. Miami. 34. Milwaukee-Waukesha. 35. Kansas City, Mo.-Kan. 36. Albuquerque, N.M. 37. Lexington, Ky. 37. Phoenix-Mesa. 39. Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y. 40. Long Island, N.Y. 40. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.-Wis. 42. Rochester, N.Y. 43. Akron, Ohio. 44. Chicago. 45. Houston. 46. Columbus, Ohio. 47. Spokane, Wash. 48. Montreal. 49. San Jose, Calif. 50. Dayton-Springfield, Ohio.

51. Oakland, Calif. 52. Toledo, Ohio. 53. Birmingham, Ala. 54. Ann Arbor, Mich. 55. Halifax, Nova Scotia. 56. Hamilton, Ontario. 56. Madison, Wis. 58. Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, S.C. 59. Boise City, Idaho. 60. Albany-Schenectady-Troy, N.Y. 61. South Bend, Ind. 62. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla. 63. Ottawa-Hull, Ontario-Quebec. 64. Huntington-Ashland, W.Va.-Ky.-Ohio. 65. Honolulu. 66. Omaha, Neb.-Iowa. 67. La Crosse, Wis.-Minn. 68. London, Ontario. 69. Duluth-Superior, Minn.-Wis. 70. St. John's, Newfoundland. 71. Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif. 71. San Antonio. 73. Salem, Ore. 73. Santa Barbara-Santa Maria, Calif. 75. Ventura, Calif. 76. Charleston-North Charleston, S.C. 77. Charleston, W.Va. 77. Richmond-Petersburg, Va. 79. Springfield, Mo. 80. Central New Jersey, N.J. 81. Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle, Pa. 82. Calgary, Alberta. 83. Charlottesville, Va. 84. Erie, Pa. 85. Providence-Warwick-Cranston, R.I. 86. Lynchburg, Va. 87. Wilmington-Newark Del.-Md. 88. Lubbock, Texas. 89. Roanoke, Va. 90. Kitchener, Ontario. 90. Scranton-Wilkes Barre, Pa. 92. Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Mich. 93. Dallas. 94. Asheville, N.C. 95. Gary, Ind. 96. Lafayette, Ind. 97. Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Va.-N.C. 98. Memphis, Tenn. 99. Monmouth-Ocean, N.J. 100. Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, N.C.-S.C.

101. Wichita, Kan. 102. Champaign-Urbana, Ill. 103. Bellingham, Wash. 104. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, Calif. 105. New York City. 106. Wheeling, W.Va.-Ohio. 107. Northern New Jersey. 108. Edmonton, Alberta. 109. Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas. 110. Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland, Mich. 111. Sacramento, Calif. 112. Victoria, British Columbia. 113. Fort Wayne, Ind. 114. Worcester-Fitchburg-Leominster, Mass. 114. Youngstown-Warren, Ohio. 116. Chattanooga, Tenn.-Ga. 117. Columbia, S.C. 118. Gainesville, Fla. 119. Little Rock-North Little Rock, Ark. 120. Tulsa, Okla. 121. Orlando, Fla. 122. Stamford-Norwalk, Conn. 123. Santa Rosa, Calif. 124. Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Ark. 125. Tacoma, Wash. 126. Jacksonville, Fla. 127. Winnipeg, Manitoba. 128. St. Catharines-Niagara, Ontario. 129. Windsor, Ontario. 129. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. 131. Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, Iowa-Ill. 132. Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 133. Hickory-Morgantown, N.C. 134. Lincoln, Neb. 135. Evansville-Henderson, Ind.-Ky. 136. Muncie, Ind. 137. Des Moines, Iowa. 138. Springfield, Ill. 139. Daytona Beach, Fla. 139. New Orleans. 141. Greenville, N.C. 142. Peoria-Pekin, Ill. 143. Parkersburg-Marietta, W.Va.-Ohio. 144. Las Vegas, Nev.-Ariz. 145. Medford-Ashland, Ore. 146. Atlantic City-Cape May, N.J. 147. Boulder-Longmont, Colo. 148. Columbia, Mo. 149. Jamestown, N.Y. 150. Appleton-Oshkosh-Neenah, Wis.

151. Austin-San Marcos, Texas. 151. Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa. 153. Saginaw-Bay City-Midland, Mich. 154. Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 155. Vallejo-Fairfield-Napa, Calif. 156. Hagerstown, Md. 157. Cumberland, Md.-W.Va. 157. Sioux Falls, S.D. 159. Bangor, Maine. 160. Hartford, Conn. 161. Lake County, Ill. 162. Jackson, Mo. 163. Trenton, N.J. 164. Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pa.-N.J. 164. Fargo-Moorhead, N.D.-Minn. 166. Olympia, Wash. 167. Amarillo, Texas. 168. Fort Smith, Ark.-Okla. 169. Huntsville, Ala. 170. Newark-Jersey City, N.J. 171. Lansing-East Lansing, Mich. 172. Provo-Orem, Utah. 173. Bloomington-Normal, Ill. 173. Green Bay, Wis. 175. Danbury, Conn. 175. San Luis Obispo-Atascadero, Calif. 177. West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fla. 178. Portsmouth-Dover-Rochester, N.H. 179. New Haven-Meriden, Conn. 180. Reno, Nev. 181. Galveston-Texas City, Texas. 182. El Paso, Texas. 183. Bloomington, Ind. 183. Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo. 185. Portland, Maine. 186. Florence, Ala. 187. Terre Haute, Ind. 188. Burlington, Vt. 189. Tallahassee, Fla. 190. Regina, Saskatchewan.

191. Colorado Springs, Colo. 191. Utica-Rome, N.Y. 193. Mobile, Ala. 194. Biloxi, Gulfport-Pascagoula, Miss. 195. Montgomery, Ala. 195. Sherbrooke, Quebec. 197. Johnstown, Pa. 198. St. Cloud, Minn. 199. Pensacola, Fla. 200. Joplin, Mo. 201. Redding, Calif. 202. State College, Pa. 203. Eau Claire, Wis. 204. Santa Fe, N.M. 205. Richland-Kennewick-Pasco, W.Va. 206. Grand Forks, N.D.-Minn. 207. Lafayette, La. 208. Manchester-Nashua, N.H. 209. Vancouver, Wash. 210. Oshawa, Ontario. 211. Augusta-Aiken, Ga.-S.C. 212. Iowa City, Iowa. 213. Bridgeport, Conn. 214. Binghamton, N.Y. 215. Canton-Massillon, Ohio. 216. New Bedford-Fall River, Mass. 217. Elmira, N.Y. 218. Hamilton-Middletown, Ohio. 219. Savannah, Ga. 220. Fort Myers-Cape Coral, Fla. 221. Billings, Mont. 222. Salinas, Calif. 223. Altoona, Pa. 224. Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. 225. Athens, Ga. 225. Decatur, Ala. 227. Fresno, Calif. 228. Yakima, Wash. 228. Great Falls, Mont. 230. Topeka, Kan. 231. Rapid City, S.D. 232. Sioux City, Iowa-Neb. 233. Greeley, Colo. 234. Wilmington, N.C. 235. Flint, Mich. 236. Melbourne-Titusville-Palm Bay, Fla. 237. Orange County, N.Y. 238. Shreveport-Bossier City, La. 239. Kankakee, Ill. 240. Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla. 241. Las Cruces, N.M. 241. Tuscaloosa, Ala. 243. Brownsville-Harlingen, Texas. 243. Pueblo, Colo. 245. St. John, New Brunswick. 246. Sharon, Pa. 247. Rocky Mount, N.C. 248. Williamsport, Pa. 249. Bismarck, N.D. 250. Bremerton, Wash.

251. Kenosha, Wis. 252. Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas. 252. Owensboro, Ky. 254. Alexandria, La. 255. Dubuque, Iowa. 256. Florence, S.C. 257. Lancaster, Pa. 258. Monroe, La. 259. Sheboygan, Wis. 260. Chico-Paradise, Calif. 261. Rochester, Minn. 262. Danville, Va. 263. Reading, Pa. 263. St. Joseph, Mo. 265. Lawrence, Kansas. 266. Macon, Ga. 267. Anniston, Ala. 268. Baton Rouge, La. 269. Elkhart-Goshen, Ind. 269. Rockford, Ill. 271. Dutchess County, N.Y. 272. Janesville-Beloit, Wis. 272. Thunder Bay, Ontario. 274. Cheyenne, Wyo. 275. Barnstable-Yarmouth, Mass. 276. Springfield, Mass. 277. Decatur, Ill. 278. Kokomo, Ind. 279. Yolo, Calif. 280. Anchorage, Alaska. 281. Benton Harbor, Mich. 282. Lake Charles, La. 282. Steubenville-Weirton, Ohio-W.Va. 284. Myrtle Beach, S.C. 285. Odessa-Midland, Texas. 286. Wausau, Wis. 287. Columbus, Ga.-Ala. 288. Wichita Falls, Texas. 288. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas. 290. Pittsfield, Mass. 291. Corpus Christi, Texas. 291. Fort Pierce-Port St. Lucie, Fla. 293. Mansfield, Ohio. 294. Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, N.J. 295. Bryan-College Station, Texas. 296. Clarksville-Hopkinsville, Tenn.-Ky. 297. Yuma, Ariz. 298. Sherman-Denison, Texas. 299. New London-Norwich, Conn.-R.I. 300. Enid, Okla.

301. Tyler, Texas. 302. Racine, Wis. 303. Sudbury, Ontario. 304. Gadsden, Ala. 305. Brazoria, Texas 306. Fort Walton Beach, Fla. 307. Chicoutimi-Jonquiere, Quebec. 308. Lima, Ohio. 309. Panama City, Fla. 310. Waco, Texas. 311. Houma, La. 311. Killeen-Temple, Texas. 313. San Angelo, Texas. 314. Ocala, Fla. 315. Texarkana, Texas-Ark. 316. Abilene, Texas. 317. Glen Falls, N.Y. 318. Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla. 319. Dothan, Ala. 319. Modesto, Calif. 321. Jackson, Mich. 322. Fayetteville, N.C. 323. Casper, Wyo. 324. Longview-Marshall, Texas. 325. Lewiston-Auburn, Maine. 326. Bakersfield, Calif. 327. Goldsboro, N.C. 328. Visalia-Tulare-Porterville, Calif. 329. Dover, Del. 330. Stockton-Lodi, Calif. 331. Lawton, Okla. 332. Naples, Fla. 333. Punta Gorda, Fla. 334. Pine Bluff, Ark. 335. York, Pa. 336. Laredo, Texas. 337. Victoria, Texas. 338. Jacksonville, N.C. 339. Albany, Ga. 340. Sumter, S.C. 341. Waterbury, Conn. 342. Merced, Calif. 343. Yuba City, Calif.

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