Moving to Cincinnati

Expats moving to Cincinnati will find a compact city with a growing economy and a diverse range of job opportunities. Indeed, the outlook for the Great Cincinnati area is very positive, as it recorded one of the fastest-growing economies in the entire American Midwest region in 2015.

The city of Cincinnati, fondly referred to as ‘Cincy’ by its residents, is located within the Greater Cincinnati Metropolitan area, which straddles the Midwestern states of Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky along the Ohio River. Expats moving to Cincinnati will find that the city and the broader area offer an excellent standard of living especially for those who want to raise a family.

The expat population of Cincinnati is relatively small, especially in comparison to American metropolises such as New York City, Boston or Chicago. Therefore those used to living in more cosmopolitan destinations might experience some elements of culture shock.  

Expats will find that a strong German influence permeates life in Cincinnati, with its annual Oktoberfest that celebrates Bavarian heritage, thought to be the largest of its kind outside Munich. There are also a handful of social clubs and ethnic organisations that support the city's small Korean, Chinese, Irish, Italian and Hispanic.

There is plenty of choice when it comes to accommodation in Cincinnati, whether one is looking for a luxury condo close to the city centre or a humble home suitable for a large family. Each of the areas and suburbs in Cincinnati has its own unique charm.

Unfortunately, infrastructure for public transport in Cincinnati is not quite as extensive as one would find in bigger US cities. Buses and taxis are good options for getting around, but owning a car does make life far easier for most residents and expats alike.

As is the case when moving anywhere in the USA, expats must ensure that they have adequate medical insurance in Cincinnati. Expats will find a number of good hospitals in Cincinnati.

Those looking to escape the fast pace of city living will appreciate the fact that residents of the Greater Cincinnati area pride themselves in taking the time to enjoy leisure activities and a good quality of life. Expats will find that locals are very family-oriented and many prominent community events that are tailored to accommodate children. While there are no specific international schools, there are a number of good public and private schools in in Cincinnati, some of which offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme.  

Depending on one’s lifestyle preferences, expats will find there is lots of choice when it comes to lifestyle in Cincinnati. With bars, restaurants and nightclubs as well as a lively theatre scene and exciting shopping opportunities, new arrivals will be spoilt for choice when it comes to what to do in one’s spare time.