The 10 Worst Cincinnati Suburbs For 2021


We used science and data to determine which Cincinnati suburbs are the real pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the worst suburbs around Cincinnati.

Not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Cincinnati.

So the question arises, do the suburbs maintain a semblance of the larger-than-life appeal of their more famous neighbor?

Today, we'll use science and data to determine which Cincinnati 'burbs need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the Cincinnati area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the suburbs to live up to Cincinnati proper, although Wyoming certainly tries.

Of course, not all suburbs of Cincinnati are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones..

We examined the 76 biggest suburbs of Cincinnati to find out the worst places to live. And while you won't necessarily find them on the worst places to live in ohio lists, these ten places are a little too far downwind of Cincinnati in terms of quality of life.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Cincinnati for 2021:

  1. Lockland
  2. New Miami
  3. Middletown
  4. Aurora
  5. Bethel
  6. Covington
  7. Elmwood Place
  8. Williamsburg
  9. Hamilton
  10. North College Hill

What's the worst suburb of Cincinnati? Lockland ranks as the worst suburb of Cincinnati for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Cincinnati that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don't blame the messenger.

Or, if you're thinking of moving to elsewhere in ohio check out the best places in ohio overall or the worst.

And remember, there are some good places to live around Cincinnati too.

Editor's Note: If you see a slight difference between the worst in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it's because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

For more Ohio reading, check out:

The 10 Worst Cincinnati Suburbs To Live For 2021

Lockland, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 3,450
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $28,542 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 12.0% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $86,400 (5th lowest)
More on Lockland:  Data | Photos

We'll get the ball rolling with Lockland, the absolute worst place to live around Cincinnati according to the data.

And in the world of worst rankings, Lockland beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 3rd worst in the Cincinnati area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 5th worst when it comes to home values.

But hey, at least it's cheap to live there. But there's a reason for that... it's Lockland.

You won't feel bad about not having a great income for the area, there aren't a bunch of places to spend your money anyway.

New Miami, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,410
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Income: $44,009 (13th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.7% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $69,300 (2nd lowest)
More on New Miami:  Data | Photos

Welcome to New Miami. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 20.2 miles to Cincinnati. Income levels here are the 13th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $44,009 a year, which doesn't go a long ways even on a shoestring budget.

But on the bright side, there are a lot of fast food joints in the area.

Middletown, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 48,621
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $40,347 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.4% (6th highest)
Median Home Value: $97,700 (10th lowest)
More on Middletown:  Data | Photos

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Cincinnati suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Middletown on here. While the cost of living is low, your entertainment and work options are limited. And that's an understatement.

In terms of numbers, it's in the worst 15% for insurance, and the adult high school drop out rate is poor compared to other Cincinnati suburbs.

But at least there are nice parks to bring the kids during the day.

Aurora, IN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 3,995
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 3)
Median Income: $45,281 (14th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.5% (5th highest)
Median Home Value: $115,000 (2lowest)
More on Aurora:  Data | Photos

If you live in Aurora, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 14th lowest Cincinnati suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 5th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Cincinnati. Remember, we looked at 76 cities for this study.

Aurora is about 21.9 miles to downtown.

Bethel, OH

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 2,783
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $38,179 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.0% (15th highest)
Median Home Value: $95,900 (9th lowest)
More on Bethel:  Data | Photos

Bethel has the distinction of being a Cincinnati suburb. Which means that's about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Bethel has the 9th lowest home values in the metro Cincinnati area, where the median price is $95,900. To put that into perspective, in Wyoming, the median income is $175,000, which is the best in the area.

Bethel has an unemployment rate of 5.97% which ranks 15th worst.

Covington, KY

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 40,548
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $43,437 (12th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.9% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $111,500 (18th lowest)
More on Covington:  Data | Photos

Covington has 40,548 residents that probably know it's a pretty crummy place to live when you look at the data. (Or, if you've ever been there, you don't need to look at the data.)

Incomes are towards the bottom and the poverty rate sits at 23.107407783761808%.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,052
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $27,045 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 2.2% (60th highest)
Median Home Value: $53,000 (lowest)
More on Elmwood Place:  Data

Ah, Elmwood Place. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Cincinnati.

It's the place with the 60th most out of work residents in the Cincinnati metro area (2.19%).

Williamsburg, OH

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,550
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Income: $50,833 (23rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 3.9% (32nd highest)
Median Home Value: $123,000 (24th lowest)
More on Williamsburg:  Data | Photos

Williamsburg is a city about 25.3 miles from Cincinnati, but Cincinnati probably wishes it was further away. It ranks as the 8th worst burb for 2018.

You'd be hard pressed to find a worse place to live. Williamsburg has the 2most uninsured people, 23rd worst incomes, and has the 32nd highest unemployment rate (3.92%) in the entire Cincinnati metro area.

Homes only cost $123,000 for a reason. That's cheap for Cincinnati standards.

Hamilton, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 62,182
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $47,064 (18th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.6% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $107,200 (15th lowest)
More on Hamilton:  Data | Photos

If you absolutely have to live near Cincinnati, then Hamilton might be a place for you to consider as it's only the 9th worst Cincinnati suburb.

About 6.64% of residents are out of work.

North College Hill, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,335
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $45,769 (16th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.6% (9th highest)
Median Home Value: $82,700 (4th lowest)
More on North College Hill:  Data | Photos

Rounding out the ten worst Cincinnati suburbs to call home is North College Hill.

Located 5.9 miles outside the city, North College Hills is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 9th highest unemployment rate (6.65%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Cincinnati for 2021

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent American Community Survey data from 2015-2019, this is the criteria we used:

  • High unemployment rate
  • Low median household incomes
  • Low population density (no things to do)
  • Low home values
  • A lot of high school drop outs
  • High poverty
  • High rate of uninsured families

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 "worst".

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

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

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

The areas around Cincinnati where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2021

Well there you have it -- the worst of the 'burbs surrounding Cincinnati with Lockland casting itself ahead of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Cincinnati aren't all bad. Wyoming takes the cake as the best place to live around Cincinnati.

  • Wyoming
  • Mariemont
  • Montgomery

For more Ohio reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Cincinnati Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Lockland 3,450 $28,542 $86,400
2 New Miami 2,410 $44,009 $69,300
3 Middletown 48,621 $40,347 $97,700
4 Aurora 3,995 $45,281 $115,000
5 Bethel 2,783 $38,179 $95,900
6 Covington 40,548 $43,437 $111,500
7 Elmwood Place 2,052 $27,045 $53,000
8 Williamsburg 2,550 $50,833 $123,000
9 Hamilton 62,182 $47,064 $107,200
10 North College Hill 9,335 $45,769 $82,700
11 Silverton 4,760 $39,172 $119,100
12 Lincoln Heights 3,354 $24,396 $75,600
13 Springdale 11,217 $56,789 $128,700
14 New Richmond 2,679 $62,569 $161,900
15 Elsmere 8,567 $54,602 $111,400
16 Lawrenceburg 4,981 $29,525 $140,900
17 Newport 15,123 $37,435 $144,000
18 Mount Healthy 6,767 $35,743 $88,600
19 Norwood 19,883 $45,581 $135,200
20 Highland Heights 7,149 $46,979 $108,900
21 Rising Sun 2,099 $40,329 $100,200
22 Dayton 5,496 $52,515 $107,000
23 Forest Park 18,657 $55,694 $112,400
24 Morrow 2,005 $66,563 $156,100
25 Cheviot 8,254 $50,094 $95,600
26 Reading 10,353 $56,137 $129,400
27 Golf Manor 3,573 $47,423 $97,900
28 Milford 6,878 $51,385 $161,200
29 Crittenden 3,857 $49,564 $127,400
30 St. Bernard 4,361 $64,231 $106,100
31 Woodlawn 3,365 $55,997 $89,100
32 Greendale 4,279 $61,484 $131,900
33 Park Hills 2,987 $50,000 $198,900
34 Ludlow 4,530 $56,393 $112,000
35 Wilder 3,088 $66,190 $140,000
36 Erlanger 18,967 $64,460 $136,100
37 Walton 4,268 $67,132 $159,900
38 Taylor Mill 6,763 $68,031 $163,100
39 Florence 32,369 $57,348 $153,700
40 Oxford 22,700 $31,546 $217,100
41 Southgate 3,920 $57,458 $127,400
42 Sharonville 14,133 $61,378 $157,600
43 Cleves 3,359 $73,250 $163,300
44 Fairfield 42,634 $60,340 $159,300
45 Amelia 4,757 $71,755 $147,900
46 Trenton 12,901 $77,739 $136,900
47 South Lebanon 4,337 $87,188 $237,800
48 Lebanon 20,642 $65,477 $183,500
49 Greenhills 3,573 $64,236 $121,400
50 Alexandria 9,425 $81,159 $179,700
51 Deer Park 5,599 $64,915 $134,500
52 Bellevue 5,804 $63,415 $136,400
53 Independence 27,683 $81,657 $173,300
54 Monroe 14,211 $86,935 $180,800
55 Loveland 13,485 $71,405 $201,000
56 Harrison 12,006 $61,731 $143,800
57 Fort Mitchell 8,257 $67,745 $272,200
58 Cold Spring 6,401 $77,774 $196,200
59 Crescent Springs 4,036 $70,414 $220,500
60 Glendale 2,145 $103,500 $281,000
61 Villa Hills 7,449 $90,929 $220,200
62 Fort Thomas 16,308 $78,972 $227,600
63 Fort Wright 5,745 $85,794 $201,900
64 Blue Ash 12,252 $91,563 $284,700
65 Evendale 2,730 $131,979 $295,500
66 Crestview Hills 3,300 $87,500 $215,400
67 Mason 33,224 $100,594 $267,300
68 Lakeside Park 2,762 $90,379 $253,200
69 Edgewood 8,745 $104,912 $225,600
70 Amberley 3,540 $140,515 $342,100
71 Madeira 9,147 $117,944 $294,400
72 Terrace Park 2,294 $175,000 $527,500
73 Union 5,910 $125,051 $263,200
74 Montgomery 10,782 $131,111 $374,000
75 Mariemont 3,513 $97,143 $395,100
76 Wyoming 8,548 $124,963 $329,900

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One thought on “The 10 Worst Cincinnati Suburbs For 2021

  1. I love numbers and appreciate your ability to compile them in this manner, but the uninformed opinion and snarky comments you add to each listing is unnecessary and de-legitimizes your data. It appears as though your assessment of each area was written by some college sophomore clickbait-writing intern trying to be clever.

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