The best places to live in Cincinnati

Greater Cincinnati comprises various areas and suburbs of different character, and new house hunters are sure to find a neighbourhood that tickles their fancy. From urban city living to family-friendly suburbs, new arrivals from all walks of life should find something that meets their requirements, lifestyle and budget. Below are some recommended areas and suburbs in Cincinnati for new arrivals searching for a new home in the city.

Neighbourhoods for the young and single in Cincinnati


Mount Adams

Mount Adams is situated on a large hill overlooking Cincinnati’s city skyline and the Ohio River. The area has a European feel, with narrow winding streets and quirky shops, bars and cafés alongside old houses and churches. Mount Adams is a charming place to live and is surrounded on three sides by Eden Park, a fantastic urban park that boasts some of the city’s best-known landmarks, including the iconic Spring House Gazebo. Rental rates in Mount Adams are fairly pricey, and residents are mainly young professionals with high disposable incomes.

Hyde Park

Those who want to live close to the city centre without having to deal with the fast pace of city life should consider Hyde Park. The area is an easy commute from Downtown Cincinnati but has plenty of its own shops and restaurants. Hyde Park is a prestigious neighbourhood, and as a result, property prices are high. Active residents will be in their element, as they’ll find they are surrounded by runners, walkers and cyclists. The area is popular with middle-class families thanks to its proximity to good schools and outstanding recreational amenities.

Family-friendly neighbourhoods in Cincinnati

Ariel view of American suburb by Michael Tuszynski

Indian Hill

Indian Hill is an upmarket area that is considered a great family-friendly neighbourhood. Houses are large, and the area has plenty of open green spaces. The accommodation here is primarily made up of single-family houses. Schools here have an excellent reputation and tend to be popular.

Pleasant Ridge

This area has a strong community spirit and is a fantastic place for families. There’s plenty to do, with numerous parks, a community pool for the kids, and several quirky local restaurants and shops. Accommodation here is generally in the form of older but spacious family homes.

Columbia Tusculum

Just 15 minutes from Downtown Cincinnati, Columbia Tusculum is a beautiful historic neighbourhood with a mélange of older, more affordable houses and freshly renovated high-end properties. As the city’s oldest neighbourhood, CT's houses are primarily Victorian-style. Parents looking to live here will be delighted to find there are several excellent schools in the area too.

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