The 10 Worst Cincinnati Suburbs For 2022


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

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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 Mariemont 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 75 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 2022:

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

What's the worst suburb of Cincinnati? Aurora ranks as the worst suburb of Cincinnati for 2022 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.

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The 10 Worst Cincinnati Suburbs To Live For 2022

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

And in the world of worst rankings, Aurora beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 6th worst in the Cincinnati area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 12th 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 Aurora.

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.

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 3,948
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Median Income: $36,676 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.6% (11th highest)
Median Home Value: $105,800 (12th lowest)
More on Aurora:  Data | Photos

Aurora, IN

Source: Public domain

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 14th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $43,867 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.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,534
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $43,867 (14th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 15.3% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $72,300 (3rd lowest)
More on New Miami:  Data | Photos

New Miami, OH

Source: Public domain

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Cincinnati suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Lockland 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.

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 3,439
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Income: $32,057 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.4% (6th highest)
Median Home Value: $85,300 (4th lowest)
More on Lockland:  Data | Photos

Lockland, OH

Source: Public domain

If you live in Bethel, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 5th lowest Cincinnati suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 13th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Cincinnati. Remember, we looked at 75 cities for this study.

Bethel is about 25.7 miles to downtown.

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 2,797
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $35,658 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.3% (13th highest)
Median Home Value: $104,900 (9th lowest)
More on Bethel:  Data | Photos

Bethel, OH

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

All snarkiness aside, Middletown has the 10th lowest home values in the metro Cincinnati area, where the median price is $105,100. To put that into perspective, in Mariemont, the median income is $176,563, which is the best in the area.

Middletown has an unemployment rate of 6.4% which ranks 22nd worst.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 48,765
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $42,290 (12th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.4% (22nd highest)
Median Home Value: $105,100 (10th lowest)
More on Middletown:  Data | Photos

Middletown, OH

Source: Public domain

Batavia has 2,266 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 32.131495227995764%.

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,266
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $50,804 (2lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 14.5% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $133,300 (29th lowest)
More on Batavia:  Data | Photos

Batavia, OH

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

It's the place with the 50th most out of work residents in the Cincinnati metro area (2.65%).

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,071
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $31,011 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 2.7% (50th highest)
Median Home Value: $51,800 (lowest)
More on Elmwood Place:  Data

Covington is a city about 7.3 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. Covington has the 9th most uninsured people, 16th worst incomes, and has the 20th highest unemployment rate (6.54%) in the entire Cincinnati metro area.

Homes only cost $120,100 for a reason. That's cheap for Cincinnati standards.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 40,466
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Income: $46,035 (16th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.5% (20th highest)
Median Home Value: $120,100 (20th lowest)
More on Covington:  Data | Photos

Covington, KY

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

About 4.16% of residents are out of work.

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,552
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $52,361 (24th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (32nd highest)
Median Home Value: $130,900 (26th lowest)
More on Williamsburg:  Data | Photos

Williamsburg, OH

Rounding out the ten worst Cincinnati suburbs to call home is Hamilton.

Located 17.8 miles outside the city, Hamiltons is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 19th highest unemployment rate (6.68%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 62,162
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $47,937 (19th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.7% (19th highest)
Median Home Value: $108,000 (13th lowest)
More on Hamilton:  Data | Photos

Hamilton, OH

Source: Public domain

Methodology: Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Cincinnati for 2022

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 2016-2020, 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 75 suburbs to evaluate around Cincinnati.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 75 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, Aurora. 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.

Summary: The areas around Cincinnati where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2022

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

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

  • Mariemont
  • Wyoming
  • Terrace Park

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Detailed List Of The Worst Cincinnati Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Aurora 3,948 $36,676 $105,800
2 New Miami 2,534 $43,867 $72,300
3 Lockland 3,439 $32,057 $85,300
4 Bethel 2,797 $35,658 $104,900
5 Middletown 48,765 $42,290 $105,100
6 Batavia 2,266 $50,804 $133,300
7 Elmwood Place 2,071 $31,011 $51,800
8 Covington 40,466 $46,035 $120,100
9 Williamsburg 2,552 $52,361 $130,900
10 Hamilton 62,162 $47,937 $108,000
11 North College Hill 9,310 $49,564 $85,500
12 Silverton 4,768 $43,445 $131,800
13 Rising Sun 2,108 $41,000 $105,100
14 Mount Healthy 6,845 $41,847 $90,000
15 Lincoln Heights 3,359 $15,417 $70,400
16 Springdale 11,201 $56,474 $133,600
17 Lawrenceburg 5,009 $26,729 $132,200
18 Norwood 19,843 $45,541 $146,800
19 Crittenden 3,893 $58,516 $149,100
20 New Richmond 2,684 $68,600 $173,100
21 Cheviot 8,241 $46,799 $99,000
22 Elsmere 8,617 $55,916 $117,500
23 Dayton 5,550 $53,345 $112,000
24 Newport 15,045 $39,335 $162,000
25 Forest Park 18,632 $57,394 $122,100
26 Highland Heights 7,372 $41,324 $121,700
27 Reading 10,287 $52,345 $135,800
28 Milford 6,840 $59,012 $165,600
29 Cleves 3,371 $76,734 $127,000
30 Woodlawn 3,367 $51,224 $114,500
31 Wilder 3,083 $58,563 $109,400
32 Golf Manor 3,566 $46,250 $99,700
33 Greendale 3,903 $66,275 $129,200
34 Oxford 23,192 $39,840 $195,200
35 Walton 4,343 $73,750 $165,500
36 Florence 32,721 $60,018 $154,900
37 Southgate 3,957 $60,167 $151,600
38 Fairfield 42,623 $63,655 $166,000
39 Erlanger 19,106 $70,589 $140,300
40 Sharonville 14,659 $66,896 $152,800
41 Taylor Mill 6,805 $70,952 $164,700
42 Lebanon 20,781 $65,960 $192,800
43 Ludlow 4,532 $54,551 $119,600
44 Greenhills 3,581 $67,568 $124,400
45 St. Bernard 4,353 $64,798 $112,100
46 Independence 28,119 $79,929 $179,700
47 Park Hills 2,993 $62,750 $198,900
48 Alexandria 9,600 $83,923 $186,700
49 Trenton 13,046 $82,123 $143,700
50 Deer Park 5,561 $65,192 $141,600
51 Bellevue 5,786 $68,819 $135,900
52 South Lebanon 5,885 $113,558 $207,000
53 Crestview Hills 3,310 $74,189 $219,300
54 Loveland 13,911 $69,978 $220,100
55 Glendale 2,240 $96,563 $292,400
56 Harrison 12,763 $75,625 $158,900
57 Monroe 14,061 $90,952 $192,900
58 Cold Spring 6,481 $72,756 $190,000
59 Fort Mitchell 8,278 $72,376 $279,400
60 Crescent Springs 4,062 $70,568 $236,200
61 Fort Wright 5,766 $86,208 $215,000
62 Fort Thomas 16,335 $80,549 $230,300
63 Villa Hills 7,475 $91,166 $218,500
64 Mason 33,592 $104,462 $313,400
65 Blue Ash 12,417 $97,192 $300,300
66 Lakeside Park 2,758 $92,703 $188,000
67 Evendale 2,709 $161,964 $334,600
68 Amberley 3,532 $135,739 $342,600
69 Edgewood 8,779 $105,714 $225,500
70 Madeira 9,211 $134,565 $342,400
71 Union 5,988 $123,630 $279,400
72 Montgomery 10,818 $118,977 $384,400
73 Terrace Park 2,254 $176,563 $498,800
74 Wyoming 8,540 $127,952 $332,000
75 Mariemont 3,445 $104,828 $422,200

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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 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the worst suburbs around Cincinnati.

About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.