City and Region Information

With a population of 2.3 million residents, Cincinnati is the largest metropolitan area in Ohio and Kentucky and home to some of the most diverse and eclectic neighborhoods in the country. Cincinnati boasts a vibrant arts scene, hundreds of eating establishments and breweries, major league sports, and countless opportunities for personal and career growth, making it a choice destination to live, work, and play.

Quick Facts and Demographics about the Greater Cincinnati Region

A Thriving City

  • The Cincy region’s population of 2.3 million includes southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky, and southeastern Indiana, with diverse & eclectic neighborhoods from urban to rural.
  • 98% of Cincinnati's population growth between 2014-2017 was driven by immigrants. We are one of 31 metro areas in the US in which immigrants made up all growth in Main Street business ownership between 2000-2013.
  • Cincinnati is in the largest metropolitan area in Ohio and Kentucky.

The Arts

  • Cincinnati is one of 13 cities in the country to have its own symphony, opera, ballet, fine art, and theater companies.
  • Cincinnati is home to seven playhouses, two art museums, two contemporary art museums, the second oldest opera company in the U.S., the May Festival—the oldest continuous choral festival in the Western Hemisphere, a ballet company, and ArtWorks a public art non-profit.

Working and Studying in Cincinnati

  • Cincinnati has seven Fortune 500 companies, the 19th most of any metropolitan area. Ohio has 24, the fifth most of any state.
  • Cincinnati has the 27th largest GDP in the US, coming in at $153 billion. It is the largest GDP of any metropolitan area in Ohio or Kentucky.
  • Cincinnati has 1,081,867 jobs in its region, 47.7% of which pay more than $3,333 per month.
  • The Cincinnati Region has 22 colleges and universities, including the University of Cincinnati which contains the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).
  • CCM has more than 150 years of history with a total student population of more than 1,400. 100% of the graduates from the music education and arts administration department have found jobs in their chosen fields. U.S. News and World Report listed CCM sixth in the country for pursuing a graduate degree in music. The musical theatre program is widely considered one of the best in the country. For more information on CCM visit:


  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is the 6th busiest cargo airport.
  • Each day more than 180,000 workers commute into the region.

Top-of-the-Chart Moments

  • Travel + Leisure ranked Cincinnati No. 11 in top places to visit in 2021.
  • USA Today ranked Cincinnati Art Museum No. 4, Best Free Museum in The Country in 2021.
  • USA Today ranked the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center No. 2, Top History Museum in the Country in 2021.

For more about Cincinnati visit the Cincinnati Experience.