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In order to distinguish how the region is positioned nationally, this dashboard has identified comparable peer regions and measures the Cincinnati region’s successes, opportunities, and challenges based on 33 different performance indicators.

Most of the regions are similarly sized to Cincinnati, but not all. Each region has its own unique opportunities and challenges.

Over time, the Center for Research and Data will continue to add to the peer cities, including by adding more aspirational and non-geographically similar cities.


Indicators include:
Total Population
Population Growth
Working Age Population

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Indicators Include:
Gross Domestic Product
Fortune 500 Companies
Total Job Growth
Job Growth
Labor Force Participation Rate
Regional Exports

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Indicators Include:
Medium Household Income
Cost of Living Index
Child Poverty Rate
Violent Crime Rate
Property Crime Rate
Educational Attainment
Degree Completions
Life Expectancy
Food Insecurity

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Indicators Include:
Building Permits
Net Migration
Median Home Value
Housing Permit Change
Median Gross Rent
Housing Cost Burden

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Indicators Include:
Tech Jobs
Tech Job Growth
Manufacturing Jobs
Manufacturing Job Growth

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Indicators Include:
Workforce Diversity
C-Suite Diversity
Racial Income Gap
Racial Unemployment Gap
Black/White Educational Attainment

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The Cincinnati Chamber’s Center for Research & Data is an initiative to deliver data-driven analysis regarding vital regional indicators and outcomes. The Center helps regional leaders, community partners, and policymakers make informed decisions around priorities like talent attraction, inclusive economic growth, and community-wide goals. We provide actionable insights to support the mission and vision of the Chamber.

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Summer 2023 Labor Market Analysis Report

This Summer 2023 Cincinnati Region Labor Market Analysis report provides a comprehensive overview of the current labor market dynamics in our region, defined as the Cincinnati OH-KY-IN Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). The statistics included here are for the 16-county MSA, which is centered on the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County – an area we refer to as the Cincinnati region.

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State of the Region

As the region continues grow, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber believes it is paramount to benchmark progress and begin establishing a wide- range of key indicators that will inform business leaders and decision makers. Cincinnati’s State of the Region Report highlights areas of strength, as well as opportunities for growth.

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BLINK Economic Impact Report

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, in partnership with AGAR, the Haile Foundation, Artworks, Cincy Nice, and ish recently released a report detailing the profound economic impact BLINK®, illuminated by ArtsWave, had on the Cincinnati region.

In October 2022, the nowhere-else BLINK experience attracted over 2 million attendees across the 4-day event, resulting in a direct economic impact of $126 million dollars. Additionally, the event directly supported or created 1,687 jobs, and generated $1.5 million dollars in direct artist commissions, honorariums, and art fees.

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Diversity Equity & Inclusion in the Cincinnati Region

This data-driven report identifies the Cincinnati region’s positioning in diversity, equity, and inclusion compared to other peer regions. The data demonstrates areas of progress and opportunity, but also shows that the region has work to do. We hope the data will help you learn about DEI in the region and inspire you to act

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Embracing Growth

The housing challenges the Cincinnati region faces are numerous and complex. The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber is leaning into this effort by framing the issue broadly, with key insights from inside and outside the region, and in a way that is directly connected to the overall economic success of the entire region. We believe that the Cincinnati region has a unique opportunity to improve our regional housing stock, and this report will offer eight critical principles, backed by data, that can help our community thrive and tackle an issue that is, rightly, a top priority for so many.

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