The August 2009 issue of Outside Magazine praised Cincinnati’s low cost of living and resilient and well-balanced blend of industries, everything from aerospace to advertising.  In their rankings, Cincinnati topped the charts for best economy.  They remarked upon the downtown as very urban and completely walkable and mentioned the outstanding parks and green spaces.  They were excited to hear about long-term planning related to the streetcar line in the urban core, the cycling complex in the works and the groundbreaking for the Banks.

Outstanding architecture, awesome restaurants, neighborhoods with eclectic, affordable housing were all influential.  Even Oktoberfest was featured. It’s location within driving distance of such outdoor spaces as Kentucky’s Red River Gorge and whitewater rafting in West Virginia was mentioned.

Other cities in the ranking were Charlotte, Minneapolis, Portland, Albuquerque, Boston, Atlanta, Austin, Seattle and Colorado Springs at number one.