How Safe Is Cincinnati for Travel?

Cincinnati, United States
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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, 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

How Does Cincinnati Compare?

CitySafety Index
Washington DC56
New York City67
Calgary (Canada)82
Buenos Aires (Argentina)60
Vancouver (Canada)82

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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24 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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          Blossoms says:


          Hummm. Understanding is paramount. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Black people cannot be racist. Before you reply to this… stop, research the definition and think clearly about the statement.

          1. They are capable of hate!!!!!!

        2. REBUTTAL

          PEOPLE CAN’T BE
          AND MORE THAN
          WHITE PEOPLE

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        Anthony says:

        why did you guys not just stick to talking about the city. People come on here for real information, not to see two people bicker back and forth. This is the world we live in now, even on A topic like this somehow someway its directed by rACE. The way you too conversed with each other could have been way different. Id like to know more about the city from anyone on here that isnt looking to internet argue.

    2. You deserve Clifton.

      Haha. Clifton is such a shitbox.

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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.

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      Actual Natal says:

      The entire west side is a dump? Why, cause its predominantly black? The entire east side is nothing but trumpliKKKan trash. Hows that generality for you?

  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.

  6. S
    Savannah says:

    The Actuality of Cincinnati

    Cincinnati is the worst place to live, there are no growth opportunities. It’s best for people who are already established with families. Most of the jobs are minimum wage oriented. The higher paying jobs are generally in factories or warehouses. If you are college educated, the likelihood of finding a job within your career field is slim. The drug issue is everywhere, it absolutely extends into the suburbs outside of cincinnati. Gentrification is at its prime here, with the building of boutiques and cafe style restaurants to pushing people out of their neighborhoods with the recent building of the West End Stadium. There is a lot of racism and prejudice here. The people here are rude, and quite selfish. You will definitely notice the classism as you tour neighborhoods. The seasons are either hot dry heat in the summer, rainy cold weather towards the fall with the possibility of snow, the winter is freezing and generally wet and lasts until at least April with the spring being allergy inducing and mud is everywhere. You don’t have that many restaurant varieties as everyone serves the same style of food. Cincinnati lacks the embrace of diversity. As far as crime goes, it is everywhere. There are a lot of car thefts by gunpoint, a lot of petty theft, a lot of assaults. There are apps that will let you know what’s going on in your area and it’s something new every hour. There has been more gun violence towards women in 2020 than ever before. Cincinnati is dirty, there is a lot of construction all of the time & the roads are very hit or miss with how they are constructed and maintained. It is quite rare for popular music artists to visit Cincinnati, it’s mainly Columbus. Therefore, if you’re looking for entertainment you either have to go to a bar or be a sports fan. Cincinnati is really a city that if you don’t leave while you are able to then you will be stuck here forever. Everyone I know that has lived in Cincinnati that has since moved away says they do not regret it or miss it at all. It’s good if you’re just passing through, or are wanting to visit somewhere historical; there are many other cooler and more friendly places for travel I can assure you.

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      I love Cincinnati says:

      I wonder what made you so bitter?? YIKES!

    2. I appreciate your candor Savannah. I grew up in Cincinnati (lived in Clermont Co. and went to school in Hamilton Co.), and worked in Clifton after high school when I attended XU. I left when I was 20 and would never move back. My family remains in the area, so we come back to visit every year and I’ve stayed in touch with friends who never moved away. Cincinnati will always be a part of me, but your comment hits the nail on the head in terms of its systemic issues. I’d also add that environmental pollution is awful and industry has destroyed the Ohio River.

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    Anonymous says:

    Lovely Cincinnati

    Hmmm…have lived in Cincinnati my whole life and not aware of any restaurants, bars, schools, that are white or black only. I thought that was outlawed. many years ago??? Would be interested in knowing where these places exist because this is the first time I have ever heard this. Whoever wrote this sounds very bitter.

    I love my city. There is always plenty of things to do. There’s a ton of great bars, breweries, and restaurant here. The people here are very KIND. Go up north to Detroit and you’ll see a big difference.

    The only thing I don’t like about Cincinnati is the weather in the winter. You can easily go a week or longer without seeing the sun.

    There are plenty of safe neighborhoods around here. The fact that Hyde Park is mentioned as the only safe neighborhood make me laugh. It’s a great city to raise a family.

    It’s funny how everyone is so quick to throw the race card. Just come here and form your own opinion.

  8. We rock

    Our city rocks!!! Has everything and if you don’t like it, leave it!

  9. Awful, just awful

    Cincinnati is awful. First, as the reviews above have probably already shown you, racism is a huge problem there. The city’s signature dish is a variety of “chili” that looks, smells, and tastes like diarrhea. The infrastructure is crumbling. Traffic is terrible. The weather is oppressive. The smell of the place ranges from rotting fish and sewage by the river to industrial waste as you move further north. Homeless people and heroin addicts are everywhere, and are constantly harassed by the police. If you’re not white, the police may shake you down, and if you are white, other white people will invariably say racist things around you. If you need a blanket description of the people there, it would be “belligerent stupidity”. If you’re at a point in your life where you’re considering going on vacation to Cincinnati, you need to seriously re-evaluate your life choices.

  10. What about Cincinnati

    Cincinnati is no different than anywhere else in the US in terms of it’s violence and racism. You can’t blame the city for the drugs people like to do, if it’s not heroin it will be alcohol or something else….I lived in the South West and I worried everyday about my car being stolen, here, they just cut the pipes and catalytic converter oh and break into your cars. And racism, that’s everywhere too. You don’t have to look for it. Some people are nice and some people are evil and ugly and that’s just the way it is..

  11. Not a bad place.

    I grew up in Finneytown. I left Cincinnati in 1990. I live out in Kansas now and lived a few other places like KC. When I go back to Cincy to visit family I noticed how much the city has changed and for the better. If you all think Cincy is bad you should go live other places. Compared to KC and Wichita ks Cincy is great and cheaper to live. I am looking to try and move back to the city. Only thing that sucks in the city is the Bengals. lol

  12. S
    S.Mthuli jr says:

    I lived in Cincinnati great place with lot of diversity I can assure that cinci is similar to every city interms of crime, racism and so forth, either than that it’s nice place to be in. I can urge tourist to experience the great Cincinnati.

  13. It's ok

    While I was here a bank robbery took place and it was pretty exciting from my point of view. The city is quite interesting, with some decent places to see, from a tourists’ point of view. The prices here are quite low compared to other cities from what I saw.

  14. Great place to unwind

    I visited Downtown Cincinnati two and a half years ago for a family wedding. Liked it, even got some trekking in.

    High crime is usually more frequent in certain neighborhoods, from what the locals said. Also, speaking of local advice, I got warned to be on the lookout for muggers but this wasn’t the case for me. I even managed to score a ticket to a Bengals game. I expected things to be kinda heated around the stadium but everyone minded their own business.

    Cincinnati is very walkable with tons of activities to do. Mt Adams was my absolute favorite neighborhood to visit, with a lot of hippy dippy places and a ton of museums and art galleries. If you’re a fan like me, I highly recommend visiting the Cincinnati Art Museum, its exhibits often have new pieces in. Expect to spend a few hours here, the museum is way bigger than it looks.

    As a general rule, I never stay glued to my phone when exploring new places because: 1. Someone could swipe my phone 2. I could bump into unsavory characters that I would otherwise avoid at all costs. Also, if you spot bars on windows I would change direction asap, this is neve a good sign.

    On another note, a lot of places I’ve visited were LGBT friendly, to my surprise. I’m not gay but I saw quite a lot of gay couples sharing pda and no one seemed bothered in the slightest which is a huge contrast to my hometown.

    Apart from the usual racism that seems to be a theme all around the US I wouldn’t worry about anything else, at least not from a tourists’ point of view.

    Cost wise I would say it’s way cheaper than I thought, even in the fancy restaurants.

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