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Best Cities 2010: Cincinnati, OH

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Best Cities 2010: Cincinnati, OH

Visit Cincy, Ohio for one of the most kid-friendly zoos in America

City: Cincinnati


State: Ohio


Best Cities Overall Rank: 82


About Cincinnati:


Famous folks from Cincinnati include Steven Spielberg, Ted Turner, Carmen Electra, and William Howard Taft, the 27th President of the United States.


The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is considered one of the top zoos in the nation and one of the very best for kids. More than 1.2 million people visit the zoo’s award-winning exhibits, 500 animals, and 3,000 plant species annually.


County: Hamilton


Population: 333,336


Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitors’ bureau website


Newspaper with the largest circulation: Cincinnati Enquirer


Cincinnati blogs:


Cincinatti Blog
Urban Cincy
Mom Corps Cincinatti


Cincinnati‘s Facebook page: Follow Cincinnati on Facebook


Cincinnati‘s Twitter page: Follow Cincinatti on Twitter


 


Education rank: 15


High School graduation rate 2008: 82.90%


Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 18


Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 5.40


NEAYC-accredited preschools: 19


NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 5.70


NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 269


Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 18.40


Total Expenditures Per Student: $15,534


 


Health rank: 44


Quality children’s hospitals: 2


Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.60


Quality Pediatricians: 0


Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0


Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 1


 


Safety rank: 96


Violent Crimes, 2008: 4,204


Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 1,261.19


Sex Offenders: 1,289


Sex Offenders per 100,000: 386.70


 


Economy rank: 80


Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 21.70


Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 10.80


Best Performing Cities Job Index: 1,164.09


Median Home Sale Price: $134,500



5-Year Home Value Index: -2.87%


Percent of homes sold for a loss: 43.41%



Recreation Rank: 43


Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 4,874


Parkland per 100,000: 1,462.19


 


Photo courtesy of Kabir Bakie