Next Generation Consulting has announced its “Next Cities” rankings – the best places to live and work for young professionals – in three population categories.  They studied cities based upon the assets important to Next Gen workers.  These were: earnings, learning, vitality, around town, after hours, cost of lifestyle, and social capital. 

The Next Gen worker is very savvy when choosing where they will live…quality of life even trumps income levels for them.  Cities that make this list typically become talent magnets, finding increased economic output and nearly nine in ten new patent innovations.

Cincinnati ranked as number 7 in the Midsized Magnets list, those are Next Cities with a population of $200,000-500,000.