2010: 296,943, #62 in U.S., #3 in Ohio

1950: 503,998, #18 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 2,130,151, #27 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 904,402, #15 in U.S.

Cincinnati was one of the 10 largest U.S. cities from 1830 through 1900.


Cincinnati was founded in 1788 on the north bank of the Ohio River, across the river from Kentucky. Sawyer Point Park is along the downtown waterfront. The "Purple People Bridge" is a pedestrian bridge connecting downtown Cincinnati with Newport, Kentucky. Smale Riverfront Park opened in 2012.


Tallest building: Great American Tower, 660 feet (2011)

List of tallest buildings

The Carew Tower (574 feet, 1931) was the tallest building in Cincinnati for almost 80 years. It has an observation deck on the 49th floor.


The Macy's store in downtown Cincinnati (in the former Lazarus store) closed in 2018. Tower Place (1991), a three-story enclosed mall, closed in 2013.


Amtrak’s Cardinal goes through Cincinnati in the middle of the night, westbound to Chicago and eastbound to Washington, D.C., and New York City.  Amtrak uses a small station within the huge Union Terminal (1933, northwest of downtown), which now houses the Cincinnati Museum Center.

The 3.6-mile Cincinnati Bell Connector downtown streetcar opened in 2016.

Downtown Cincinnati and Ohio River
(Photo by Kevin D. Hartwell)

The Contemporary Arts Center, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Taft Museum of Art, and the Fire Museum are downtown. The Cincinnati Art Museum is in Eden Park, east of downtown.


Cincinnati has no downtown movie theaters. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Opera play at the Music Hall (1878), just north of downtown. The Aronoff Center (1995) has touring Broadway shows and a variety of other events. The Ensemble Theatre, the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, and the Know Theatre are also downtown.


The Cincinnati Reds of the National League play at the Great American Ballpark (2003), located along the downtown waterfront. The Cincinnati Bengals play at Paul Brown Stadium (2000), also on the waterfront. The Cincinnati Cyclones of the East Coast Hockey League play at U.S. Bank Arena (1975), adjacent to the Great American Ballpark. 

Map of Downtown Cincinnati

Cincinnati Architecture