Cincinnati, OH

This City Was Ranked the Happiest in Ohio

Ash Jurberg

Cheerful Champions: Cincinnati Takes the Lead as Ohio's Happiest Place to Live

What are the happiest cities in the United States? That was the question the researchers at the travel, sports, and fitness magazine Outside wanted to answer.

To determine this, they compared cities across five criteria, including "outdoor access for all, affordability, a safe environment, diversity, and freedom for residents to be who they are," to come up with their list of happiest places to live.

They listed the fifteen happiest places in the United States, with one city in Ohio making the list.

Cincinnati was ranked as the 4th happiest city in the United States and the happiest in Ohio.

Cincinnatti Statistics

Population: 309,513
Median Home Price: $272,750
Median Rental Price: $1,116
Percentage Parkland: 17
Percentage of Residents Who Live Within a Ten-Minute Walk of a Park: 88
Walk Score: 49
Bike Score: 65
Municipal Equality Index Score: 100
Demographics: 49% white; 40% Black; 4% Latino; 2% Asian; 5% other

The report states:

"Cincinnati has a temperate climate, with an especially beautiful spring and fall conducive to enjoying its 8,057 acres of greenspace and 365 parks and recreation areas...There’s also a vibrant LGBTQ+ community, numerous gay bars and events, a lively arts scene, a strong job market, and a reasonable cost of living. Other perks include the Findlay Market, a food pavilion in the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood where more than 50 merchants sell local meat, fish, poultry, and produce...One other secret to Cincinnatians’ happiness? Beer. Its first breweries were established by German immigrants in the 1800s, and more than 80 are still going strong"

As for the happiest city in the United States? The report ranked Reno in Nevada as the happiest in the nation.

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