Renter's Guide to Cincinnati
The city of Cincinnati is known for its sports teams, universities, museums, and German influenced food.
Cincinnati is the third largest city in Ohio and has diverse neighborhoods with great dining. Cincinnati has a long history; it was first settled in 1788 and over the years has become a thriving but very livable city. Cincinnati has a total area of 79.54 square miles.
Cincinnati is just across the Ohio River from Kentucky and a mere 106 miles from Ohio’s current largest city, Columbus. Cincinnati offers all four seasons, a distinct winter, spring, summer and fall. Snowfall is common in January but the springs and summers are warm and sunny. July is the warmest summer month with the average temperature reaching 75.9 degrees.
Cincinnati, OH Demographics
- Total Population297,397
Female 141,208Male 156,189
- Median Age32.5
Cost of Living in Cincinnati, OH
The average cost for a meal out in one of Cincinnati’s most famous but cheap restaurants like Skyline Chili could be as little as $20 for two people. A cappuccino costs about $3.50 and a meal at a mid range restaurant costs around $45 for two people.
The average monthly utility cost in Cincinnati for water, electric, heating, and garbage collection is about $140.00. This is close to the US average of $147.00.
Average Rent in Cincinnati, OH
- Cincinnati, OH Average Rental Price, October 2018$945/mo
- 1 Bedroom$829
- 2 Bedrooms$966
Cincinnati, OH Apartment Rent Ranges
- < $5003%
- > $2,0004%
Cincinnati, OH Rent Trends
|All rentals||Studio||1 Bed||2 Beds||3 Beds|
|Oct / 2018||$945||$701||$829||$966|
|Jan / 2018||$944||$701||$828||$965|
|Sept / 2017||$941||$698||$829||$961|
|May / 2017||$938||$688||$827||$960|
|Jan / 2017||$906||$677||$794||$925|
|Sept / 2016||$924||$686||$805||$949|
|May / 2016||$906||$669||$798||$926|
|Jan / 2016||$889||$651||$778||$908|
|Sept / 2015||$876||$665||$761||$896|
|May / 2015||$847||$654||$740||$871|
Average rent is projected to grow by 3% in 2018 compared to 2017.
Please note that projected rent growth is calculated at city level.
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Living in Cincinnati
Cincinnati has a great climate and a lively sports and arts scene. There are two professional sports teams in Cincinnati: the NFL football team - The Cincinnati Bengals, and the Cincinnati Reds, in the National League of Major League Baseball.
Compared to other cities of similar size Cincinnati does not have a strong public transit system, however, the city is working to change that by making the Streetcar available to the public in September 2016.
Things to do in Cincinnati
Cincinnati has a long history of German influence and this can still be seen in the bakeries, butcher shops, and ice cream shops that exist in nearly every Cincinnati neighborhood to this day. Cincinnati is also very well known for its Oktoberfest Celebration which rivals the celebrations in Germany.
Cincinnati was also an important stop on the Underground Railroad of the Civil War and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center was built in the city for that very reason.
One of the top attractions in Cincinnati in spring, summer, and fall are going to see the Cincinnati Reds play baseball. In the fall and winter, the Cincinnati Bengals football team is an even bigger draw. Both teams play home games in downtown Cincinnati and the environment for all the games is family friendly or perfect for a couple on a date. The Bengals play in Paul Brown Stadium and the Reds play in Great American Ball Park. Both facilities are only a few years old and offer fun for the entire family.
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens are a wonderful place to visit anytime of year. In the winter, go at night and enjoy the Festival of Lights at the zoo. In the summer, stroll the lovely grounds and explore the Africa exhibit and stop by the Elephant Reserve.
A visit to the Krohn Conservatory is another prime opportunity to explore in Cincinnati. These lush botanical gardens also offer revolving butterfly shows, perfect for kids! Guests can mingle with beautiful and exotic butterflies.
The Cincinnati Art Museums is one of the oldest art museums in the entire country and has a stellar permanent collection as well as exciting rotating exhibits.
A popular annual event in Cincinnati is Oktoberfest, one of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations outside of Germany. Cincinnati is also well known for its fireworks display on the 4th of July which is free to watch!
Shopping Venues and Parks in Cincinnati
Cincinnati has great shopping options such as Rookwood Commons which has a variety of higher end stores and Cincinnati Premium Outlets, the perfect place to score a deal.
Top parks in Cincinnati include Eden Park which offers gardens, walking paths, and views of the Ohio River. Alms Park is another option with 94 acres, panoramic views, and hiking trails. Bellevue Park is a bit lesser known than Eden Park or Alms Park but at 400 feet high the views should not be missed!
Employment & Economy
Cincinnati is home to Children’s Hospital, a major employer and a cutting-edge facility for children’s health. It is the third largest employer behind the University of Cincinnati. The Kroger Company is the largest employer in Cincinnati.
Cincinnati is home to three Fortune 500 Companies: The Kroger Company, which owns Kroger Grocery stores, Macy’s, which owns Macy’s department stores, and Procter & Gamble, a major manufacturer of consumer goods including family, personal, and household care products.
Cincinnati, OH Households
- Total Number of Households133,039
Family 61,397Non-family 71,642
Children 33,641No Children 99,398
- Average People Per Household2.14
- Median Household Income$33,604
- Median Housing Costs Per Month$743
Education in Cincinnati
Cincinnati Public Schools is the largest public school district in Greater Cincinnati, the third-largest district in Ohio and one of Cincinnati's largest employers, with about 4,500 people. CPC schools offer a blended learning initiative that combines face to face learning with online learning to prepare students for the tech savvy modern world outside of the classroom.
Cincinnati also has several colleges for further education including the University of Cincinnati. UC is located in the heart of downtown and has a top tier basketball team. It’s a great place to earn a higher degree. Another top university in Cincinnati is Xavier University. Xavier has a much smaller enrollment than University of Cincinnati with about 4500 undergraduate students to UC’s 40,000. Xavier is also well known for its own top tier basketball program
Cincinnati, OH Education Statistics
- No High School3%
- Some High School37%
- Some College24%
- Associate Degree6%
- Bachelor Degree18%
- Graduate Degree11%
Tips for Renting in Cincinnati
For those considering a move to Cincinnati, the neighborhood of Mount Adams stands out as a premier place to live for Millennials. It gets great reviews from singles and young couples due to its lively nightlife and eclectic dining scene. For those wanting something a bit quieter, Pleasant Ridge is a top option. It’s a bit quieter and more family-friendly.
Renters’ rights are protected in Cincinnati. When it comes to rental agreements, Ohio law forbids landlords from shifting certain responsibilities or liabilities to a tenant. Such clauses in a lease cannot be enforced against the tenant. Furthermore, since landlords almost always write the lease, courts typically rule that any unclear or convoluted terms will be decided in favor of the tenant and against the landlord.
One tip for those relocating to Cincinnati is to be aware that the city essentially shuts down on baseball’s opening day! And since winter can bring snow in Cincinnati, the best time to move is spring, summer or fall if at all possible.
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