It may come as a surprise to many non-natives of Cincinnati that the Greater Cincinnati Area is comprised of areas from Ohio, Southeast Indiana, and Northern Kentucky. One can still easily call themselves a Cincinnatian if they were raised south of the Ohio River. Here are some of our favorite reasons to consider yourself a Cincy native from Kentucky.
- We still say Who Dey, Go Redlegs, and Let’s Go FC Cincinnati! From as far north as Dayton to as south as Lexington, you’ll find most sports fans cheering for Cincinnati’s major sports teams (although they all differ in persuasion when it comes to their college teams). We still consider FCC, the Reds, and the Bengals to be our hometown teams and we represent them in their respective seasons.
- CVG Airport is Actually “Covington Airport”- That’s right. If you are a first-timer to the Queen City, it may surprise you when you find yourself flying into Northern Kentucky instead of Ohio when boarding a plane into Cincinnati. The CVG airport is actually in Boone County, Kentucky- miles away from any Ohio zip code. It’s humorous when landing at CVG to hear passengers from out-of-town ask why the plane is landing in Kentucky.
- The Housing Market is More Price-Friendly- Real estate in Northern Kentucky can often be more appealing on the sticker than real estate in Ohio. This, of course, depends heavily still on school-districts and communities, as there are still plenty of high-priced neighborhoods in Kentucky. However, when comparing similar areas, Kentucky is the more affordable state to live in.
- We Have All the Great Cincinnati Restaurants- Even though you’ve crossed the river into Kentucky, we still have all the best Cincinnati restaurants over here. There is an abundance of Graeter’s, Buskin Bakery, LaRosa’s, Dewey’s Pizza, Izzy’s, and Skyline (or Goldstar- depending on your preference). In addition to Cincy favorites, Kentucky boasts several of its own wonderful and locally-owned restaurants.
- We Have Some Good School Districts, Too!- While Kentucky does tend to drag behind most other states as far as public education is concerned, Northern KY still has some great schools. Fort Thomas, Campbell County, Beechwood Independent, Boone County, Kenton County, Ludlow Independent, Pikeville Independent, and Walton-Verona Independent all rank within the top 50 districts in the state of Kentucky.
- There are Booming Neighborhoods Along the River- Some of the most beautiful views of the actual City of Cincinnati can be caught from Northern Kentucky’s riverfront. Ludlow, Covington, Newport, Belview and Dayton (KY) all offer beautiful neighborhoods, many up and coming. You can find an old-fashioned Main Street through several, and all sit on or near the Ohio River. There are also several historic districts scattered throughout and a revival of old architecture in those districts. Sprinkle in a few trendy eateries, some small hip businesses and even a brewery or two and you have the makings of some very attractive communities to call home.
If you are anxious for living that exists somewhere between small-town and big-city, Northern Kentucky has it all. And we are still 100% Cincinnatians.