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"The Queen City"

Cincinnati is a city in Hamilton County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after the Society of the Cincinnati, which was named after the Roman general Cincinnatus.

The latitude of Cincinnati is 39.161N. The longitude is -84.456W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 627 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 317,361.

Median household income
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Cincinnati demographic reports
Cincinnati is on the Ohio River, along the Mason Dixon Line.
Former and merged names include:
· Losantiville
The city grew with the steamboat trade; after the Civil War, it was the largest city west of Philadelphia.
German immigrants accounted for almost a third of the population during the boom years of the mid-19th century.
Public transportation: Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 3,643. The number of murders and homicides was 71. The violent crime rate was 11.2 per 1,000 people.
No. 3 in the ePodunk list of Most Misspelled Cities

Ranked No. 9 among big cities in the ePodunk College Town Index, 2002

Ranked No. 10 on America's Most Literate Cities list, compiled by the University of Wisconsin in 2003
Cincinnati received national attention for April 2001 riots, following the fatal police shooting of an unarmed teenager.
Local foods: chili (served on a plate of spaghetti, topped with cheddar cheese)
Filming location for:
· 1988 movie, "Rain Man"
· 2000 movie, "Traffic"
Well-known residents have included:
· President William Howard Taft
· Steven Spielberg, director
Local bands (past and present) have included Isley Brothers
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Gloria Jean's, Starbucks, Panera Bread
Local festivals include:
  • LaRosa's Balloon Glow - July 3, 2007
  • Oktobertfest - Sept. 22-23, 2007
  • Cincy Blues Fest - Aug. 3-4, 2007
  • May Festival - May 18-20, 25-26, 2007
Dates often change. Check Cincinnati web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati
Nearby parks & recreation: Eden Park, Ault Park, Mt. Echo Park, Sawyer Point, California Woods Nature Preserve
Cincinnati attractions: Cincinnati Zoo, Krohn Observatory, Newport Aquarium
Sports teams: Reds (NL), Marshals (arena football), Bengals (NFL), Kings (USL soccer)
Historic sites and museums: Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati Museum Center, William Howard Taft National Historic Site, Cincinnati Fire Museum, Stowe House, Cincinnati Art Museum, John Hauck House, Cinergy Children's Museum
Colleges and universities: University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, Union Institute, College of Mount St. Joseph, Art Academy of Cincinnati
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 107
Cincinnati is a beautiful city; cheerful, thriving, and animated. I have not often seen a place that commends itself so favorably and pleasantly to a stranger at first glance as this does.
-- American Notes
Charles Dickens

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Cincinnati demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Hamilton County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Cincinnati area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 45202 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

20% of Cincinnati residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Cincinnati ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Cincinnati was $19,962, compared with $21,587 nationally.


27% of Cincinnati residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

Fairs, festivals & other events
Cincinnati festival dates:

Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.

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Historic districts in Cincinnati include Betts-Longworth Historic District, Clifton Avenue Historic District, Dayton Street Historic District, Gilbert-Sinton Historic District, Laurel Homes Historic District, Lower Price Hill Historic District, Lytle Park Historic District, Mount Auburn Historic District, Ninth Street Historic District, Over-the-Rhine Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Cincinnati, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $392.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $961.


Libraries in Cincinnati include Anderson Branch Library, Avondale Branch Library, Bond Hill Branch Library, Cincinnati Historical Society Library, Clifton Branch Library, Cumminsville Branch Library, Delhi Hills Branch Library, Elmwood Place Branch Library, Green Township Regional Branch, Groesbeck Branch Library ... View libraries


Media outlets

Newspapers in Cincinnati include Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati Post

TV stations in Cincinnati include WCET, WCPO, WKRC, WLWT, WSTR.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WGUC., WVXU.

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Hamilton County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Cincinnati political report.

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Cincinnati restaurants taking online reservations include Andy's Mediterranean Grille, Bistro JeanRo, Jimmy D's Steakhouse, Nicola's Ristorante, Orchids at Palm Court Hilton Netherland Plaza, Pho Paris, The Melting Pot - Cincinnati, The Napa Grille, TRIO ... View restaurants


The average commute time for Cincinnati workers is 23 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 91 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Cincinnati between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.


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“ Cincinnati is a beautiful city; cheerful, thriving, and animated. I have not often seen a place that commends itself so favorably and pleasantly to a stranger at first glance as this does. ”
~ American Notes
Charles Dickens

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