Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Cincinnati ranked 44th of U.S. cities

By Gregory Korte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

The Partnership for Livable Communities says Cincinnati is one of the most livable cities in America. Forbes magazine ranks us next to last in singles life.

Cincinnati ranked 44th overall among American cities in the National Policy Research Council's compendium of 50 city rankings, released Tuesday. By category, Cincinnati ranked:

14th in business climate

19th in infrastructure

26th in economic dynamism

48th in quality of life

50th in government

So what are Cincinnatians to make of the constant barrage of sometimes-contradictory rankings from national magazines and think tanks? It averages out to Cincinnati ranking 44th (of 50) in the nation in everything - between Hartford, Conn., and Fresno, Calif.

That's according to the National Policy Research Council, whose "Gold Guide" rankings were published Tuesday.

The Washington, D.C., group says its rankings are the first to combine hundreds of city rankings by other groups into one index.

Cincinnati has been ranked on everything from the quality of life for women (Ladies' Home Journal, 37th) to the quality of our sports fans (The Sporting News, 32nd.)

Throw in a few other measures, and Cincinnati averages a 48th ranking in its quality of life. Its business climate, however, ranks a robust 14th.

Nick Vehr, vice president of marketing and communications for the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, spends a lot of time looking at various rankings. "I do think the rating game is, at some level, just that. But I think there's real information there. And for organizations that bother to take a close look at Cincinnati, they're usually impressed," Vehr said.

The top five cities, in order, are: Denver; San Diego; Austin, Texas; Boston and Dallas.


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