July 5, 2022

Cincinnati is a city in southwestern Ohio in the United States. The city is located in the Rust Belt on the Ohio River and had a population of 296,293 within the city limits according to the 2010 census, making it the third largest city in Ohio. However, the metropolitan area, which spans parts of the states of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, is much larger and has a population of two million.


The city was founded in 1788 as Losantville, and was named "Cincinnati" in 1790 after the "Cincinnati Society," an association of former American Revolutionary War officers who had returned to their civilian careers after the war ended. In that respect they followed the example of the Roman dictator Cincinnatus, who immediately rejoined the plow after a campaign led by him. The ex-officers regarded their former commander George Washington as a modern Cincinnatus, because, like the Roman, he had no lust for power and therefore behaved in an exemplary manner. After the construction of the Miami-en-Erie Canal, which connected the city to the Great Lakes, it quickly became a major center of shipping on the Ohio River. In 1850 the city already had 115,000 inhabitants, making it one of the two largest cities west of the Appalachians. Before the abolition of slavery, Cincinnati was an important way station for the Underground Railroad, which helped runaway slaves.


The population, of which 12.3% is older than 65 years, consists of 42.8% of single-person households. Unemployment stands at 5.1 % (2000 census figures). About 1.3% of Cincinnati's population is Hispanic and Hispanic, 42.9% of African origin and 1.5% of Asian origin. The number of inhabitants decreased from 364,553 in 1990 to 331,285 in 2000. In 2018 the number was estimated at 302,605.


Cincinnati is on the railroad that connects New York to Chicago, where Amtrak's Cardinal served as passenger traffic. The city's major train station, Cincinnati Union Terminal, is a silent witness to its historic train past and has since been converted into a multifunctional building that houses museums in addition to the transport hub. The city is located on Interstate highways I-71, I-74 and I-75 and has a major 134 km long ring road that runs through the three states, Interstate 275 around the metropolitan area. The main airport in the area is the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport located across the Ohio, in northern Kentucky.


Cincinnati has a representative in the AFC North division of the NFL, namely the Cincinnati Bengals. In addition, the Cincinnati Reds (MLB) have their home base in Cincinnati. Football club FC Cincinnati has been playing in Major League Soccer since 2019. Cincinnati also has an annual tennis tournament for both the ATP and the WTA, called The Western & Southern Open.


In January the average temperature is -1.2 °C, in July it is 24.7 °C. Annual average precipitation is 1033.8 mm (data based on the measurement period 1961-1990).

City twinning

Munich (Germany) Nancy (France) Kharkiv (Ukraine) Harare (Zimbabwe) New Taipei (Taiwan) Liuzhou (People's Republic of China) Gifu (Japan) Mysore (India) Amman (Jordan)

Nearby places

The figure below shows nearby places within 5 miles of Cincinnati.

Born in Cincinnati

William Howard Taft (1857-1930), 27th President of the United States (1909-1913) Harry Ward Leonard (1861-1915), electrical engineer & inventor Joseph B. Strauss (1870-1938), engineer and designer William DeHart Hubbard (1903-1976), athlete John Anderson (1907-1948), athlete Joseph Rauh (1911-1992), human rights lawyer Roy Rogers (1911–1998), singer and cowboy actor