Cincinnati in all its glory (or at least some of it).

Cincinnati doesn’t get a lot of love when compared to larger cities in the country. But as the United States’ former boomtown, the Queen City of the West was the “first major inland city in the country” in the 19th century.

I love this place, its food, its sports, its fantastic architecture, its friendly people, and—probably most importantly—its gorgeous and largely unrivaled geographical makeup. If you’re unsure of why I’m doing what I’m doing, I’m here to share all of these with you.

Quick Hits

Nicknames: Losantiville, The Queen City, Porkopolis
Population: 300,000 within the city limits; nearly 2.5 million in the metro area.
Number of neighborhoods within the city limits: 52
Famous Festivals: Oktoberfest; Cincinnati Reds Opening Day and Parade; Bockfest; Midwest Black Family Reunion; MidPoint Music Festival; Taste of Cincinnati; Tall Stacks

Some stats about this great city

  • Cincinnati is our state’s third-largest city (Ohio is the 7th largest state by population in the country), and the 27th most populous metropolitan area in the United States.
  • The Queen City boasts more Fortune 500 companies per capita than even the largest cities in the country (including New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles)
  • Cincinnati is one of only 13 U.S. cities that features all five of the arts: ballet, fine art, opera, the symphony, and theatre.
  • With regard to historic architecture, Over-the-Rhine is home to the largest collection of Italianate architecture (rivaling neighborhoods in NYC, Munich, and Vienna), while Columbia Tusculum is noted for its extensive collection of Victorian era homes known as Painted Ladies (see also: the really famous row houses from the intro to Full House).
  • Speaking of Over-the-Rhine, OTR is one of the largest districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and was once the center of life for German immigrants for many years. Oktoberfest says “danke” for the heritage.
  • Did you know that, in the late 1800s, Cincinnati was commonly referred to as “Paris of America”? We can thank our significant architectural projects in Music Hall, Cincinnatian Hotel, and Shillito’s for that nickname.
  • Many residents of Cincinnati were major players in abolitionism and housed numerous stations on the Underground Railroad. Abe, who?
  • Cincinnati is home to “Ohio’s oldest continuously-operated public market”.

For everyone who thinks there is nothing to do in this great city, I challenge you to get out and prove yourselves wrong. Cincinnati is just bursting at the seams with cultural and historical gems dispersed intermittently throughout this great cityscape.

A lot of this information can be found on Cincinnati’s wikipedia page.

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