How Safe Is Cincinnati for Travel?

Cincinnati, United States
Safety Index:
48

Cincinnati is the third-largest city and the largest metro region in the American state of Ohio.

Cincinnati is known for its flourishing local industrial economy and is home to many world-wide known businesses and companies like General Electric, Procter and Gamble, Fifth Third Bank, Milacron, Kroger, Federated Department Stores/Macy’s, and the American Financial Group.

As for the Greater Cincinnati culture and vibe, there are some things most everyone can agree about.

This is a very cheap place to live, where housing, food, living essentials, and entertainment can be had at prices you won’t find in Chicago, New York or even Cleveland.

Warnings & Dangers in Cincinnati

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Overall, Cincinnati is safe to visit if you avoid some parts of the country. Still, exercise caution as petty and violent crimes do exist although they aren't too common.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Transportation is mostly safe in Cincinnati. You might encounter a reckless driver here and there and pickpockets in trains and bus stations, but no more than in any other city.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

Petty theft is the most prominent form of crime in Cincinnati. This mostly includes pickpockets and shoplifting but not muggings, and the most likely crime you'll suffer is having your car broken into.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

Ohio is susceptible to natural disasters of all kinds: whether it's floodings, wildfires, tornadoes, tsunamis or heavy snow natural disasters - all these have happened in Ohio and have cost people their homes. However, they're not too common.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : LOW

Violent crimes aren't an issue in Cincinnati. You can relax and walk around the city carefree and not think about violent crime. Still, avoid dark streets and remote areas that you wouldn't go into even in your city.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Excluding isolated mass shootings, Cincinnati hasn't been the target of any terrorist attacks recently, but the attacks shouldn't be ruled out. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

There is the issue of scams in Cincinnati, but it isn't any bigger of an issue than in any other city. Always negotiate everything in advance, double check your change and never pay anything upfront. Never accept drinks from strange people or leave your drink unattended.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Cincinnati is safe for female solo travelers. Following basic precaution measures should completely minimize the chances of anything going wrong.

So... How Safe Is Cincinnati Really?

Cincinnati is a safe city to visit, but with several neighborhoods that should be avoided.

First of all, one of the flaws of this city is the fact that it’s consistently in the top 10 most segregated cities in America.

There are not just black and white neighborhoods, but bars, restaurants, schools, movie theaters. It’s not official, but it’s widely known.

And while in some ways this city is somewhat progressive, overall it has very serious systemic issues.

As for crime, it isn’t too big of an issue for the most part, but it happens from time to time.

Similar to this, the Heroine epidemic is really bad in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Hamilton Ohio ( just 20 miles North).

This violence and drug activity is concentrated in about 4 or 5 neighborhoods in the city and is virtually nonexistent in the suburbs.

This is why you should be cautious when it comes to certain areas and neighborhoods.

As for safe areas in Cincinnati, Hyde Park is a great place to live and it’s relatively safe.

They do have a high number of petty crimes like car break-ins and a bank robbery about once a year; however, overall crime is low.

Useful Information

  • Visas - The US is famous for its harsh policy for acquiring a tourist, let alone a resident visa. The US embassies usually ask for interviews before granting tourist visas, and tourists usually have to pay up to 160 USD to get a visa. If you are not sure about your visa status, contact your local US embassy for further information.
  • Currency - The United States dollar is the official currency in Cincinnati. Credit and debit cards are accepted nearly everywhere, and ATMs are widely available. The prices vary but you can plan on spending about 100 dollars per day.
  • Weather - Cincinnati has four distinct seasons, with winters ranging from harsh to mild, and summers/autumns being hot and humid. Cincinnati is a city with a significant amount of precipitation.
  • Airports - Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is a public international airport located in Hebron, Kentucky. The airport serves the Greater Cincinnati metropolitan area.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Cincinnati, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Cincinnati Weather Averages (Temperatures)

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Average High/Low Temperature

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7 Reviews on Cincinnati

  1. 5
    5Cincy1Made3 says:

    The REAL Cincinnati

    Whomever wrote this is a flat-out racist, fanning the flame. First, the Heroin epidemic is largely
    Due to the fact that Cincinnati, NKY, and Indiana all sit on the Ohio River & I-75. Because these are two of the largest through ways for commerce to travel, it’s obvious that drugs would follow. That’s not to say it’s not an issue, but places like NYC, LA, Chicago, etc still have higher numbers per capita.
    The OP states “Similar to this, the Heroine epidemic is really bad in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Hamilton Ohio ( just 20 miles North).
    This violence and drug activity is concentrated in about 4 or 5 neighborhoods in the city and is virtually nonexistent in the suburbs.”
    FLAT OUT LIE. The heroine issues are far greater in the suburbs (Hamilton, Oh being a predominately White, racist neighborhood outside of the city proper). As far as Hyde Park being the “best”, that’s a flat out lie, as well. I, of mixed race and law enforcement parents, grew up in that neighborhood and we watched how we were treated by our white, elitist, racist neighbors. The behavior hasn’t changed to this day and I wouldn’t raise my kids here if you paid me. A good, diverse, safe neighborhood to ease a family would be Northside, Kennedy Heights, Clifton, Pleasant Ridge. Take it from me, a Cincinnati native of color.
    The OP boasts many lies to make only certain areas shine when they, in fact, are dullards. I love my city and the only way we become better is through the truth and more diversity.
    To the OP: before you choose to blast another thing negative about Cincinnati, PLEASE get your facts right and learn how to spell.

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      Anonymous says:

      I’ll tell you what you white hateing piece of shit. You apparently only want to spew your own dislikes of the city. Boo hooh. It’s apparent you have some serious white people problems. Every one of the places that you named as being good diverse communities to live in is true , if your black.
      They are the prominent face that you’ll see in those neighborhoods’.

      1. And if you want to see why Cincinnati is pretty much a bunch of racist white people and racist black people thrown into a city together, simply read the review page here

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    Anonymous says:

    The only flaw in this article is the heroin epidemic. As a former dispatcher and now medical personnel, I will tell you, it’s everywhere. Heroin doesn’t care what your zip code or occupation is.
    As for the neighborhoods, both of the previous reviewers are right. The first person probably did experience racism in Hyde park. But, as a white person growing up around north side, I experienced the same things due to being white.
    Racism is like heroin, it doesn’t matter what color you are or what neighborhood you live in, people of all races (especially in lower socioeconomic areas) experience it do to being the minority in that area.

  3. M
    Michael Manor says:

    Cincinnati is a Great City

    Cincinnati is a great city. Not perfect. There are rough spots and moral inconsistencies as is true of all cities, but it’s great because it’s good. I’m sixty-one-years-old and have lived here my entire life. I cannot imagine living anywhere else.

  4. hamilton County is horrid, there are some spots that are ok, but mostly a bunch of thug, wannabe gang members (both white and black) is a travesty how bad Cincinnati is. If you are right downtown you are ok. Stay clear of the west side at all cost. It’s a dump.

  5. Cincinnati resident

    Cincinnati has gotten alot better than it used to be about 20 plus years ago. There are still a number of bad neighborhoods and it’s been named one of the most dangerous cities for its size unfortunately. The inner city neighborhoods has more violent crimes than this article is making it out to be. They obviously never lived in such parts. Avondale, Bond Hill, Mt. Auburn, Evanston, West End, Price Hill, Over The Rhine as well as parts of Kennedy Heights and Madisonville. Hamilton is drug infested, that’s their main problem. With that being said, it’s a far cry from what it used to be. The change has been for the better and I love it here.

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