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Below is a sample of Cincinnati USA’s most recent designations:

Spot for the Country’s Top Ice Cream As part of National Ice Cream Month, Fodor’s combed the country for the best ice cream and Cincinnati’s very own Graeter’s came in third among the 10 shops featured, citing their smorgasbord of chip flavors for every taste.

Best Walking City Cincinnati USA was named the Best Walking City in Ohio and ranked 10th in the nation, according to Prevention magazine and the American Podiatric Medical Association. The study ranked more than 500 cities in the United States on a list of 14 criteria ranging from the number of walking commuters and green space, to street safety and air quality.

Best for New Business Site Selection Magazine ranked Cincinnati among the top 10 metro areas for new and expanding businesses. Coming in at No. 5 in the nation, Cincinnati had 93 businesses that met the magazine’s ranking criteria. Cincinnati also earned marks from Expansion Magazine, which ranked it among the hottest 50 cities according to site location consultants.

Best City for Seniors With low cost of living and affordable housing, coupled with a variety of cultural attractions, Sperling’s BestPlaces named Cincinnati USA the third best city for senior citizens. The study analyzed nearly 50 categories such as various senior living facilities, comprehensive medical care, specialized transportation services, and a significant senior population.

Healthiest City Men’s Health Magazine named Cincinnati among the fittest cities in the country for children (Ranked No. 3, only Seattle and New York rank higher than Cincinnati). Rankings included how frequently adults are physically active; the percentage of overweight of obese adults; the number of children’s sport camps; and the number of fast-food restaurants per capita.

Cincinnati Rising Described as a “town of best-kept secrets” author Ted Lee takes Travel + Leisure magazine readers on a thrill ride of discovery as he explores Cincinnati’s modern approach to architecture, food and attitude. Attractions, hotels and restaurants such as the Taft Museum of Art, the Contemporary Arts Center, the Cincinnatian and the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, and Jean-Robert at Pigall’s, Aioli, and Graeter’s are showcased. Also included is the shopping scene at Jungle Jim’s and St. Theresa Textile Trove.

Worth the Trip Endorsed by the first lady of daytime talk, O, The Oprah Magazine, calls attention to Cincinnati’s “urban renewal” citing such attractions as the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, the Cincinnati Opera, the Cesar Pelli-designed Aronoff Center for the Arts and the nation’s latest gem, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The JeanRo Bistro is noted for its renowned chef, Jean-Robert de Cavel and Rookwood Pottery Restaurant (now known as Porkopolis) for its ambiance.

America’s Most Livable Communities Bestowed by the non-profit organization Partners for Livable Communities, Cincinnati was listed as one of 30 cities across the nation whose innovations have brought vitality and growth to their regions and improved quality of life. Cincinnati is the only Midwestern city and one of the nine large markets nationwide to be named to the list.

AmericanStyle Magazine In its August 2004 issue, AmericanStyle magazine ranked Cincinnati No. 5 among its list of 26 top arts destinations, recognizing three of Cincinnati’s arts venues: the Contemporary Arts Center, the Cincinnati Art Museum’s recently opened Cincinnati Wing and the renovated Taft Museum of Art.

Zagat Survey Cincinnati’s attractions were recognized as top vacation spots for families, in the Zagat Survey’s U.S. Family Travel Guide, in association Parenting Magazine. Numerous Cincinnati attractions top rankings among a list of over 1,000 sites and attractions in the United States.

  • Newport Aquarium was named the No. 1 aquarium in the Midwest and one of the 25 top rated attractions in the country.
  • Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden ranked 13th of 50 national attractions.
  • Cincinnati Art Museum tied with four museums, including the Metropolitan Art Museum in New York and the Art Institute in Chicago for best art museum.
  • Paramount’s Kings Island ranked 4th overall in “child appeal” category
  • Newport on the Levee topped the national list of malls and shopping centers.
  • Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal and Great American Ball Park received top rankings as well.

Cities that Rock Esquire Magazine ranks Cincinnati as seventh on its top 10 list of “Cities that Rock”. Cities were chosen based on the talent in their music scenes, venues and record stores. Cincinnati’s musical history includes Syd Nathan’s King Records, which produced tracks from James Brown, John Lee Hooker, the Stanley Brothers and Hank Ballard in the 1940s and ‘50s to Bootsy Collins, Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs) and Peter Frampton.

Most Literate Cincinnati is the fifth most literate city in the country out of 79 with populations of 200,000 or more, according to a study by Jack Miller, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Miller’s finding is based on library resources, newspaper circulation, publication of local magazines and journals and Census and Education Department data. . Most Innovative Cincinnati ranks among the most innovative cities in the country, according to Visa’s Innovation Index which ranked the 50 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas based on measures of community support, entrepreneurialism and creativity. Factors such as the average number of new business, expansions and new divisions, the percentage of people employed by social organizations or the percentage of adults employed in occupations that are classified as “creative” were among the variables measured.

Best Kid’s Area Amusement Today readers also awarded Paramount’s Kings Island with the prestigious 2005 Golden Ticket Award for Best Kid’s Area in the world. The areas rewarded include both Nickelodeon™ Central and Hanna-Barbera™ Land. Between the two areas, the park boasts more than 20 attractions and more kids’ coasters than any other theme park in the world. Along with the Best Kid’s Area award, three other Paramount’s Kings Island attractions received top honors. The world’s longest wooden roller coaster, The Beast®, was voted one of the top ten wooden roller coasters in the world, while the park’s newest coaster, THE ITALIAN JOBTM: Stunt Track, was ranked third for “Best New Ride.” Beyond rides, the park was also recognized for having the second-best games in the world.

2004 Regional Theatre Tony Award One of the most coveted awards in the entertainment industry, the Regional Theatre Tony Award recognized Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park for its continued artistic achievement.

USA TODAY The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal was chosen as one of the “10 great places to cherish choo-choo heritage.” Completed in 1933 as a busy Midwestern rail hub and later restored in 1991, the 10-story art deco structure continues to amaze visitors to this day.

USA TODAY Listed as one of the “10 great beer festivals” in the summer, Okotberfest-Zinzinnati is recognized as the world’s second-largest authentic Oktoberfest. In fact, the mayor of Munich annually decrees Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati as the largest in the world outside of his domain.