At Cincy Rents we specialize in Cincinnati rental property and property management. With our wealth of information we’d like to answer some frequently asked questions across the internet about moving to Cincinnati.
Is Cincinnati, OH a good place to live?
Most Cincinnatians would say yes! It is always difficult to paint with a broad brush when it comes to a city with a population over 300,000 and a metro area over over 2 million people, but Cincinnati has ranked by BizJournals as one of the best places to live. AreaVibes gives it a good rating with particularly good marks for amenities, cost of living, and schools. Cincinnati has a lot to offer in terms of higher education, arts and leisure, nature and outdoor activities, and professional sports. For a more complete view on life in Cincinnati, visit the Attractions page.
What is it like in Cincinnati?
Cincinnati has four distinct seasons that provides everything from autumn leaves to winter snow and warm baseball weather in the summer. Cincinnati is comprised of 52 neighborhoods plus suburbs that sprawl from northern Kentucky, eastern Indian, and just south of Dayton, Ohio. To get a feel for some of the neighborhoods in Cincinnati, check out our Better Know a Neighborhood blog series. For more on culture and life see the Attractions page and continue to follow this blog for more coverage.
What advice would you give to someone who is moving to Cincinnati, OH?
A good list of Cincinnati distinctives to familiarize your self with is:
- Chili – If you’re from Texas or just about anywhere else, you may find the term chili misleading for Cincinnati’s favorite entree. In addition to many chain locations of Skyline and Gold Star chili there are also locale chili restaurants in most parts of town from Pleasant Ridge Chili, Blue Ash Chili, Price Hill Chili, Camp Washington Chili, and more. If you’ve never had it before you may want to Google it before you go. It is a unique and tasty experience best served on spaghetti or a hot dog.
- Creamy whip – a form of soft-serve ice cream that you can find in nearly every community in Cincinnati. It is ideal for fighting the summer heat.
- Crosstown Shootout – Probably not as serious as it sounds, but for at least one week per year the city is divided into red and blue. The Cincinnati Bearcats and Xavier Musketeers are NCAA basketball programs with great traditions and recent success. Each year they face each other in a rivalry that dates back to 1927.
- Cincinnati Reds – Cincinnati is a baseball town and the Reds dominate the city from late spring to early fall. Starting with the Opening Day Parade that shuts down large portions of the city into the late summer playoff hunt. If you want to fit in, you might want to shop for a Reds hat.
- Festivals – There is Goetta fest, chili fest, Juneteenth festival, music festivals, art festivals, food festivals, and the U.S.’s largest Oktoberfest.
- Parks – The Cincinnati city and county Parks systems are frequently rated among the best in the country and with good reason. From great hikes with wildlife to scenic views and disc golf courses the parks are plentiful. Be sure to find the parks near you and explore.
- Visit Fiona – The Cincinnati Zoo added to its renown when it delivered a premature hippo in 2017. Fiona was the youngest recorded premature hippo to survive and if you see her these days you’d never guess that she was once undersized.
What should I or do I need to know before moving to Cincinnati, OH?
If you’re moving to town for work then it would be good to get a feel for the city neighborhoods and how they’re connected. Many native Cincinnatians can avoid the highways altogether when they are crowded. Interstates 71 and 75 get very congested each day during rush hour so if possible you want to select a part of town that will let you drive against the current of traffic or avoid using the highways altogether. A good test might be go to Google Maps and enter an address or neighborhood that you’re considering and then get directions to your place of work. If you do this at different times of day you’ll get a sense of what the traffic patterns are like. It is important to try this at both 8-9 am and 4-6 pm. Somewhere that might only take 17 minutes without rush hour could take over an hour with daily traffic. Cincy Rents has rental properties located around the city and can help you find a place wherever you need to be.
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