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Cincinnati is a bit of an overachiever. It made our list for one of the best cities to raise a family due partly to Indian Hill Exempted Village School District being ranked ninth in the nation by school district analysis site Niche, and Mariemont City Schools coming in at a still-respectable 93rd. It also scored three honorable mentions, including…

  • Budget-friendly. Cincinnati's aggregate rankings put it among the cheapest cities on our list. A report by Forbes says the Queen City is the best place for recent college grads, thanks to its strong job opportunities and reasonable living costs.
  • Comeback story. Startups are on the rise in Cincinnati: it was among the five metro areas with the biggest startup activity increases in 2016 compared with 2015, according to a report by the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship.
  • Foodies. WalletHub ranked Cincinnati the sixth best city for foodies in the United States. Check out some of the Hot Spots for Foodies on the Cincinnati USA website to see where those in the know are dining.

So basically if you're a tech entrepreneur with a family who loves eating out and living in a city pulling itself up by its bootstraps, then Cincinnati is probably your dream locale!

Cincinnati is also attracting national attention for its tech-focused culture (including this 2013 article from Entrepreneur). Helping to fuel some of that growth are startup accelerators and incubators like Mortar, Cintrifuse, UpTech, and Brandery (which was recently ranked among the top 15 accelerator programs in the country). Another great resource for those in the tech community is software development and technology innovation studio Differential.

"We help companies envision and launch software that disrupts the status quo," says Tim Metzner, founder and partner at Differential, and board member of OCEAN Accelerator, a faith-based business accelerator. "We also provide a very attractive environment / culture for talented developers interested in working on the latest technologies."

According to Metzner, Cincinnati has something for everyone.

"Cincinnati is big enough to provide tons of opportunity, but small and friendly enough that you can reach just about anyone in town," says Metzner. "It's a great place to be young and single AND to settle down and raise a family. It's full of some of the world's greatest Fortune 500 organizations, and one of the fastest-growing startup communities."

Another place to get plugged in is StartupCincy, which maintains an exhaustive list of upcoming networking, education, accelerator, and developer events in the city.

Thomas Dalziel, Ph.D., is the executive director of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Commercialization (CEC) at the University of Cincinnati and very involved in the Cincinnati tech scene.

"Cincinnati is a friendly Midwestern town where all of these individual players recognize the value that they can add by working together under the StartupCincy banner," says Dalziel. "It's that friendly, Midwestern supportive group of people that view each other as collaborators."