An atmospheric melting pot filled with vibrant energy, blossoming and established businesses, creative minds, an abundance of city pride, and a rich appreciation for heritage, Cincinnati captures the essence of a true American city.
Founded in 1788, Cincinnati boasts the title for the first major inland city in the USA. Taking advantage of its prime location along two major waterways in the early 19th century, and capitalizing on the introduction of the steamboat, Cincinnati grew rapidly in population and prosperity, duly earning its nickname as the Queen City. Nowadays, Cincinnati is flourishing with corporate and independent businesses. It was listed fourth on CNN's Top-10 Cities for New Grads in 2008, and the highest rated city in Ohio and 18th in the nation on the Forbes Magazine's list for Best Cities for Young Professionals. Nine Fortune 500 companies have headquarters in Cincinnati, and of the Fortune Global 500 companies, three can be found here. Despite this big-business world and wealth of prominent companies, Cincinnati was ranked fifth on Forbes' list of America's Most Affordable Cities.
In regard to the old saying "work hard, play hard," Cincinnati is no exception. Take a break after work and indulge in a refreshing cocktail with other young professionals at the Righteous Room, or delight in a fine glass of wine and the view over Fountain Square on the upstairs terrace of Via Vite. Enjoy a performance at the Aronoff Center for the Arts downtown, followed by a drink at any of the neighboring bars on the block, or attend a concert at Music Hall. Dinner options are endless, with various offerings of Italian, Mexican, Asian, and American cuisines found throughout the city. Many downtown bars are open solely on weekends, such as Betty Bar at Mainstay, a pin-up model themed bar (one of only three in the nation) where you can relive the pin-up era and sip on a specialty champagne cocktail. Dance the night away at Lunar Nightclub, or try your hand at a bar crawl through Mt. Adams, where you can find nearly a dozen bars atop the hill. After a long weekend, start your Monday morning with a fresh cup of joe from one of the local neighborhood coffee shops, such as Coffee Emporium downtown, Sidewinder in Northside, or Bow Tie Café in Mt. Adams. With a cornucopia of dining and entertainment options, there is no shortage of ways to spend your time or hard-earned money.
If you prefer to bask in the great outdoors, you're in luck. Home to a park system currently ranked fourth in the nation, Cincinnati has parks and green spaces in every one of its neighborhoods. Make use of the many trails found around the city, whether it be hiking through Mt. Airy Forest, horseback riding along one of the bridle trails, biking along the Little Miami River, or utilizing the fitness trail at Sharon Woods. For the nine-to-fivers, take a break from the day and get reacquainted with the neighborhood by strolling down one of three walking routes placed downtown. Take in the view over the city from one of the hilltop parks, or head to Sawyer Point and enjoy the scenery from both sides of the Ohio River by walking to Newport via the Purple People Bridge. Cincinnati's outdoor appeal is vast and doesn't stop at its natural landscapes.
Throughout the year, outdoor concerts, festivals, and events are held in various locations. Spring is famed baseball season and catching a Reds game is a must. Kicking off the beginning of warmer weather is Ohio's largest performing arts festival, the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, where 12 days are dedicated to celebrating theater, film, music, and fine arts in Over-the-Rhine. In honor of Cincinnati's rich German Heritage, Oktoberfest is celebrated downtown each autumn. With plenty of beer, pretzels, and sauerkraut to make our ancestors proud, it is the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the nation. Over the winter months, dedicate your Sundays to tailgating and cheering on the Bengals, Cincinnati's NFL team. Year-round activities continue indoors, where a day can be well-spent at any of the countless museums, such as the Natural History Museum or one of the art museums.
Cincinnati blends its many qualities and offerings harmoniously, combining a booming metropolis with lush cityscapes, a bustling inner-city with relaxed suburban life, and endless creativity with timeless traditions. Providing a multitude of opportunities for your professional, social, and personal life, come see what Cincinnati has for you.