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Best Cities 2010: Cincinnati, OH

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

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