The 10 Best Cincinnati Suburbs To Live For 2021


We analyzed over 74 places around Cincinnati to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best Cincinnati suburbs.

Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Cincinnati are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

Here are the 10 best suburbs to live around Cincinnati for 2021:

  1. Wyoming
  2. Montgomery
  3. Mariemont
  4. Union
  5. Terrace Park
  6. Madeira
  7. Amberley
  8. Edgewood
  9. Lakeside Park
  10. Mason

What's the best suburb of Cincinnati? Wyoming ranks as the best suburb of Cincinnati for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Wyoming, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Cincinnati 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.

Feel free to check out some more reading about Ohio:

The 10 Best Cincinnati Suburbs To Live For 2021

Wyoming, OH

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 8,548
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $124,963
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.2%
More on Wyoming: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wyoming is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Cincinnati area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Wyoming."

Everyone here is rich; families average $124,963 a year, which is the 6th highest in the Cincinnati region. And only 3.26% are out of work. Homes average more than $329,900 each.

Montgomery, OH

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 10,782
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Income: $131,111
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
More on Montgomery: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Montgomery is the second best 'burb we looked at near Cincinnati for 2021.

It ranks 4th for incomes in the area and only 0.58% of residents lack insurance, good for 3rd best.

Mariemont, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 3,513
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $97,143
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
More on Mariemont: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Mariemont, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Cincinnati metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Mariemont.

Union, KY

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,910
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Median Income: $125,051
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Poverty Rate: 0.9%
More on Union: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Union ranks as the 4th best suburb of Cincinnati for 2021.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Union and the schools are some of the best around.

Terrace Park, OH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,294
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Income: $175,000
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
More on Terrace Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Terrace Park.

Terrace Park gets kudos for having the most expensive homes in the Cincinnati area, where houses sell for an average of $527,500. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Madeira, OH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,147
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $117,944
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.3%
More on Madeira: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Madeira is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 3.21% which is 3best in the area.

According to online reports, Madeira is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Cincinnati area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Amberley, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 3,540
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $140,515
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.0%
More on Amberley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Amberley.

Amberley schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 6.0 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Edgewood, KY

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,745
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Income: $104,912
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 2.2%
More on Edgewood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Edgewood is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 1.39% of people lack insurance, good for 9th in the area.

Lakeside Park, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,762
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 6)
Median Income: $90,379
Unemployment Rate: 0.0%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
More on Lakeside Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Lakeside Park?'

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Mason, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 33,224
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $100,594
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 2.8%
More on Mason: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Mason.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Cincinnati for 2021

Figuring out the best suburbs around Cincinnati was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2015-2019 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Cincinnati.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 76 suburbs to evaluate around Cincinnati.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 76 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Cincinnati." We're lookin' at you, Wyoming. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Welcome to the Best Cincinnati 'Burbs of 2021

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Cincinnati, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more Ohio reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cincinnati Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Wyoming, OH 8,548 $124,963
2 Montgomery, OH 10,782 $131,111
3 Mariemont, OH 3,513 $97,143
4 Union, OH 5,910 $125,051
5 Terrace Park, OH 2,294 $175,000
6 Madeira, OH 9,147 $117,944
7 Amberley, OH 3,540 $140,515
8 Edgewood, OH 8,745 $104,912
9 Lakeside Park, OH 2,762 $90,379
10 Mason, OH 33,224 $100,594
11 Crestview Hills, OH 3,300 $87,500
12 Evendale, OH 2,730 $131,979
13 Blue Ash, OH 12,252 $91,563
14 Fort Wright, OH 5,745 $85,794
15 Fort Thomas, OH 16,308 $78,972
16 Villa Hills, OH 7,449 $90,929
17 Glendale, OH 2,145 $103,500
18 Crescent Springs, OH 4,036 $70,414
19 Cold Spring, OH 6,401 $77,774
20 Fort Mitchell, OH 8,257 $67,745
21 Harrison, OH 12,006 $61,731
22 Loveland, OH 13,485 $71,405
23 Monroe, OH 14,211 $86,935
24 Independence, OH 27,683 $81,657
25 Bellevue, OH 5,804 $63,415
26 Deer Park, OH 5,599 $64,915
27 Alexandria, OH 9,425 $81,159
28 Greenhills, OH 3,573 $64,236
29 Lebanon, OH 20,642 $65,477
30 South Lebanon, OH 4,337 $87,188
31 Trenton, OH 12,901 $77,739
32 Amelia, OH 4,757 $71,755
33 Fairfield, OH 42,634 $60,340
34 Cleves, OH 3,359 $73,250
35 Sharonville, OH 14,133 $61,378
36 Southgate, OH 3,920 $57,458
37 Oxford, OH 22,700 $31,546
38 Florence, OH 32,369 $57,348
39 Taylor Mill, OH 6,763 $68,031
40 Walton, OH 4,268 $67,132
41 Erlanger, OH 18,967 $64,460
42 Wilder, OH 3,088 $66,190
43 Ludlow, OH 4,530 $56,393
44 Park Hills, OH 2,987 $50,000
45 Greendale, OH 4,279 $61,484
46 Woodlawn, OH 3,365 $55,997
47 St. Bernard, OH 4,361 $64,231
48 Crittenden, OH 3,857 $49,564
49 Milford, OH 6,878 $51,385
50 Golf Manor, OH 3,573 $47,423
51 Reading, OH 10,353 $56,137
52 Cheviot, OH 8,254 $50,094
53 Morrow, OH 2,005 $66,563
54 Forest Park, OH 18,657 $55,694
55 Dayton, OH 5,496 $52,515
56 Rising Sun, OH 2,099 $40,329
57 Highland Heights, OH 7,149 $46,979
58 Norwood, OH 19,883 $45,581
59 Mount Healthy, OH 6,767 $35,743
60 Newport, OH 15,123 $37,435
61 Lawrenceburg, OH 4,981 $29,525
62 Elsmere, OH 8,567 $54,602
63 New Richmond, OH 2,679 $62,569
64 Springdale, OH 11,217 $56,789
65 Lincoln Heights, OH 3,354 $24,396
66 Silverton, OH 4,760 $39,172
67 North College Hill, OH 9,335 $45,769
68 Hamilton, OH 62,182 $47,064
69 Williamsburg, OH 2,550 $50,833
70 Elmwood Place, OH 2,052 $27,045
71 Covington, OH 40,548 $43,437
72 Bethel, OH 2,783 $38,179
73 Aurora, OH 3,995 $45,281
74 Middletown, OH 48,621 $40,347
75 New Miami, OH 2,410 $44,009
76 Lockland, OH 3,450 $28,542

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.