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Greater Cincinnati on Top: Region Emerges as One of the Country’s Hottest to Live, Work and Play

The Greater Cincinnati region just closed a remarkable year. In 2017, our economy was strengthened by new and expanding businesses and entrepreneurs. Millions were invested in our world-class arts and museum venues. Elected leaders unveiled plans to increase our region’s sustainability and use of renewable energy. Our educational institutions forged deeper investments and partnerships to enhance the talent of our region. Meanwhile, companies from Amazon and Safran to Ensemble Health doubled down on their local presence, expanded operations and anchored growth in our region.

The numbers speak loudly: 4,202 new jobs, $362.85 million in capital investments and $179.95 million in new payroll.

If you took notice of how our national reputation is rising, you weren’t alone. See below for a month-by-month roundup of the more than four dozen accolades our region earned in 2017 (and a few from 2016, too). These rankings come from financial publications, lifestyle sites and federal indices alike — and they all point to Greater Cincinnati as one of the most exciting, vibrant and ambitious cities in the country today.

August 2016 Architectural Digest – 10 cities where Art Deco architecture reigns supreme
November 2016 Christie’s – One of 10 cities to watch in 2017
December 2016 Travel & Leisure – Best place to travel in 2017
  Thrillist – Best place to visit, 2017
January 2017 ZipRecruiter – Top cities for finding work

SmartAsset – Best cities for foodies


Forbes – 4th happiest city to work in 

February 2017

fDi American Cities of the Future

  • Top 10 overall in large cities 
  • Top 10 in large cities for economic potential
  • Top 10 in large cities for business friendliness
  • Top 10 in large cities for fDi strategy


CNBC – #7 best places to live like royalty 


Business Journals – Top cities for manufacturing job growth – Best high schools in the nation 

March 2017

moveBuddha – Top 10 alternative cities for young professionals 


World Airport Awards

  • Best North America regional airport
  • Best world airport serving 5-10 million passengers


College Choice – Miami University #7 software engineering program in nation 

April 2017

GoodCall – #2 best city for a green career


JetSetter – Taste of Cincinnati among 10 best U.S. food festivals 


USAToday – Newport Aquarium among 10 best aquariums in the country


GoodCall – #2 city for green jobs


GoodCall – #13 best city for new grads


Truven Health Analytics – Mercy Health-Cincinnati & Kettering Health Network Top 15 health systems nationally

May 2017

CNBC – #7 city where you can live really well on $60K


WalletHub – Top U.S. cities for summer jobs


Business Facilities magazine

  • Top 10 for startup growth leaders
  • Top 10 for logistics leaders (air cargo)

June 2017

SmartAsset – Best city for college grads (second consecutive year as #1)


Inc. – Three of the Top 50 workplaces 


Our Town America – #12 fastest-growing city

July 2017 – #12 most-affordable homes for millennials 


WalletHub – #6 best cities for recreation 

August 2017

WalletHub – #8 best cities for pet lovers


Architectural Digest – Top five travel destinations for 2017

September 2017

Cleveland Fed Report

  • Cincinnati metro area’s unemployment rate is lower than both state and national averages
  • Since 2009, the Cincinnati metro’s real GDP has risen faster than the nation’s average for every year except 2013
  • In 2016, financial activities experienced the highest year-over-year percentage change in employment, increasing 5.9 percent
  • Income per capita has been rising steadily since 2013
  • The Cincinnati metro area’s population has increased 1.8 percent since 2010


Glassdoor – #8 in U.S. for jobs (up from #23 in 2016)


WalletHub – #1 best city to celebrate Oktoberfest 

October 2017

Site Selection magazine – 1st metro for sustainability 


Brookings Institute: University of Cincinnati among 33 colleges and universities having the most impact 


WalletHub – #8 best baseball cities

November 2017

BEA – Fastest-growing economy in the Midwest 

December 2017

Huffington Post – 10 up & coming cities to visit now 


Huffington Post – 10 best cities to relocate to in the U.S. 


New York Times – Top 10 bargain destinations for 2018


Niche – Best places to live in America, 2017


Stay tuned to the blog for more Greater Cincinnati milestones in 2018 and beyond!