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Cincy is top city in Ohio for living an active lifestyle

Cincinnati has many attractions for those wishing to live a more active lifestyle: the Flying Pig Marathon, the Great Ohio River Swim, a number of bicycle clubs and miles and miles of trails.

A new study from WalletHub found that the Queen City is the best city in Ohio for an active lifestyle. WalletHub compared the 100 biggest U.S. cities on 34 key metrics, ranging from the average monthly fitness club fee to bike score to the number of physically inactive adults.

In Ohio, Cincinnati ranked no. 1, but nationally, it came in at no. 39. Chicago, Portland, San Francisco, San Diego and Seattle made ranked in the top five on the list.

Other numbers from the study:

  • Cincinnati (and Cleveland) have some of the most swimming pools per capita
  • Cincinnati was tied for first for the most public golf courses per capita
For more info regarding the study's findings, click here.

Cincinnati ranked fourth healthiest city in the U.S.

According to data compiled by Healthgrades Inc., Cincinnati is the fourth healthiest city in the country. It came in just behind the Twin Cities, Denver and Sacramento, and just head of Portland, Baltimore and Milwaukee.

Cincinnati ranks very high in access to high-quality hospitals, and it received grades near the national average for the overall health of its population and the ratio of doctors to the population, but fell short in the risky behaviors ranking.

Healthgrades’ new index is designed to help consumers make healthcare choices in their market. It was created by combining information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 2015 survey, the 2015 Association of American Medical Colleges Report and the Healthgrades 2018 hospital quality rankings.

To see how other cities stacked up, click here.

Two regional companies considered the best for working moms

Two local companies have been named among the best places for working moms by Working Mother Magazine.

The companies were ranked based on schedule flexibility, advancement programs and family support that allow working parents to be productive and satisfied.

According to Working Mother, new options for parents are making an impact on the workplace.

P&G, which ranked among the top 25 companies in the nation for working moms, has been among the top 100 best for 29 years. It provides an average of 16 paid weeks off for new moms and four paid weeks off for new dads; it also offers 16 paid weeks off for adoptive parents. P&G also has career counseling and backup childcare, plus telecommuting options for many of its employees.

TriHealth has been on the top 100 best list for the past 13 years, and offers an average of 12 paid weeks off for new moms. The healthcare provider offers subsidized backup childcare.

To see the full list of the top 100 workplaces for moms, click here.

The numbers don't lie: Cincinnatians know how to have a good time

According to a recent study from WalletHub, Cincinnati is the 13th most fun of the top 150 largest U.S. cities. The study examined 58 key metrics, including the number of fitness centers per capita to movie costs to the average open hours of breweries.

Here's how Cincinnati ranked in a few of these categories:
  • No. 9: Park playgrounds per capita
  • No. 15: Bar accessibility (have you been to Over-the-Rhine lately?)
  • No. 20: Festivals per capita (Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, Taste of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Food and Wine Classic, etc.)
  • No. 22: Restaurants per capita
  • No. 24: Average beer price (about $5 a pint)
  • No. 26: Fitness centers per capita
  • No 33: Number of attractions (Findlay Market, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Reds, Bengals, etc.)
  • No. 40: Parkland acres per capita
  • No. 61: Dance clubs per capita
  • No. 75: Movie costs
The full report is available here

Dog parks, patios and bars earn Cincinnati title of eighth most pet-friendly city

According to findings from WalletHub, there are about 85 million pet parents in the United States. And every owner wants to live in a city where their animals are accepted and their needs can be met, so WalletHub compiled a list of the most pet-friendly cities in the country.

The study looked at three areas: pet budget (vet costs, insurance, etc.); pet health and wellness (the number of vets per capita, the number of pet businesses per capita, the number of pet-friendly restaurants per capita, etc.); and outdoor pet-friendliness (the number of dog parks per capita, the number of pet-friendly trails per capita, etc.).

It's no surprise that Cincinnati ranked in the top 10 (no. 8, to be exact).

Many restaurants throughout the city have dog-friendly patios, including Arlin's in Clifton, The Littlefield in Northside and Eli's BBQ in the East End — just to name a few. Braxton Brewing allows dogs inside, and MadTree Brewing has a great patio that's dog-friendly; even the new Higher Gravity in Northside lets Fido come inside while you enjoy a beer or pick out a six-pack to take home.

There's also Yappy Hour at Washington Park at 6 p.m. on Thursdays; and of course, the dog park in Washington Park is always dog-friendly. 

Check out the other 99 cities that landed on WalletHub's list here.

Cincinnati Children's among best hospitals in the country

For the seventh year in a row, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center has come in third on U.S. News & World Report's list of best children's hospitals.

The top 50 hospitals were ranked in 10 specialities: pediatric cardiology and heart surgery, pediatric diabetes and endocrinology and pediatric orthopedics. Cincinnati Children's is ranked nationally in 10 pediatric specialities; it's a 589-bed hospital that sees about 19,000 admissions per year. 

According to U.S. News & World Report, Cincinnati Children's placed no. 3 in pediatric gastroenterology and GI surgery, pediatric nephrology, pediatric neurology and neurosurgery and pediatric urology; no. 4 in children's orthopedics and pediatric pulmonology; no. 5 in pediatric cancer; no. 6 in children's cardiology and heart surgery; no. 7 in children's diabetes and endocrinology; and no. 13 in neonatology.

To see the full list, click here.


Queen City ranks in top 10 best cities for recreation

Cincinnati is known locally and regionally for its interconnected trail system, but now it's getting some national attention too. According to WalletHub, Cincinnati ranked no. 6 for its recreation amentities.

The study didn't just look at parks and greenspace — it examined a wide range of indoor and outdoor leisure activities that require varying levels of physical exertion and contribute to a city's well-being.

Neighborhood parks help build community cohesion, boost property values, improve public health and reduce pollution. The study examined 100 of the largest U.S. cities and compared 44 key metrics that speak to the benefits of public spaces and recreational activities. For each city, WalletHub looked at basic living costs, the quality of parks, the accessibility of entertainment and recreational facilities and weather.

To learn more about the best and worst cities for recreation, click here.

Mosquito problems earn Cincinnati top 20 rating by Terminix

Cincinnati made another top 20 list, and this time as one of the cities where mosquitoes are a huge bother. It's no surprise, really, since Cincinnati is on the banks of a river.

According to customer data collected by pest-control company Terminix between April 2016 and April 2017, Cincinnati ranks no. 11 in mosquito-related customer complaints.

Terminix provides a number of DIY solutions to lessen the mosquito population around your home, including removing standing water from your property, cleaning out your gutters and replacing outdoor lighting with "bug bulbs."

To read more tips and see what other cities are bugging out over mosquitoes, click here.

Local startup makes list of top up-and-coming startups in the world

In 2009, market researcher Quid (then called YouNoodle) put together a list of the world's 50 most promising startups. Although a number of the companies named to that initial list don't exist anymore, others like Evernote and Spotify have increased exponentially in value.

Quid put together another list, and based its findings on these top three criteria:
  • Have the founders worked together before?
  • Is the business in a popular sector?
  • Has it raised funding quickly?
After researching 50,000 startups, it came up with a list that includes Cincinnati's own Eccrine Systems. It is developing a non-invasive, electronic wearable system that measures and transmits real-time data about human sweat; since its inception, the company has raised a total of $8.9 million.

To see Quid's full list of rising star startups, read this article from Bloomberg.

Cincinnati named 53rd best city to live in the U.S.

U.S. News & World Report did an in-depth study of American cities, and ranked the top 100 based on a number of criteria. Cincinnati came in at no. 53, and was the only city in Ohio to make the list.

To calculate the rankings, USN looked at the unemployment rate and the average salary of residents; the median cost of living and the annual cost of living in each city; the city's quality of life — the crime rate, the availability of quality healthcare, the quality of education, resident's overall satisfaction with living there and the average commute time; a desirability survey; and the net migration, or the number of births and deaths, in each city.

Cincinnati's overall score was a 6.5 — its quality of life score was a 6.5 and its value was a 7.7.

Check out how USN did the math.

See the top 100 best cities to live in the U.S. here.


New drug causing increase in drug overdoses in Cincinnati and beyond

Over the past few weeks, Cincinnati has made headlines for the number of drug overdoses occurring within Hamilton County. While many of these overdoses have been attributed to heroin, a number of them have been caused by something even more dangerous: carfentanil.

Carfentanil is the world's most powerful commercial opioid, and is 100 times more potent than the similar drug fentanyl, which is a controlled prescription painkiller, and is 50 times stronger than heroin. Carfentanil is an animal tranquilizer that was never intended for human use, and isn't widely popular among American veterinarians or zoos.

So why are people using it? How is it getting to the United States?

Read the full story, "How America Gets Its Deadliest New Drug," on Fast Company's website.

Walkable neighborhoods in U.S. cities are both wealthier and more highly educated

Urbanist Richard Florida writes in CityLab about a new report from the George Washington University School of Business regarding the effects of walkable places on the wealth and equity of U.S. metro areas. Cincinnati is rated #18 of the 30 metros studied and is ranked in the "lower-middle walkable urbanism" grouping, the second lowest of four tiers.

Florida explains that the report ranks walkability for America’s 30 largest metros using data on 619 walkable urban neighborhoods based on their high walk scores and large concentrations of office and/or retail space. It then examines the connection between metro walkability and factors like economic development (based on GDP per capita), educational attainment (the share of adults with college degrees) and social equity (based on housing and transportation costs, as well as the number of jobs near a given residence).

"While walkable neighborhoods occupy only one percent of land mass across the 30 largest metros, they account for the majority of office and multi-family rental development," Florida writes. "Between 2010 and 2015, the market shares of walkable urban places increased in all 30 metros, with 27 metros seeing their growth double since 2010."

The top-ranked tier of walkable cities includes (in order) New York City; Washington, D.C.; Boston; Chicago; San Francisco; and Seattle. Other cities ranked in the same tier as Cincinnati are Cleveland, Detriot, Houston, Miami, Los Angeles, Kansas City and St. Louis.

Read the full CityLab story here.

Want a bike-friendly city? Get ready to fail until it works, says Wired

Here's a fascinating article from Wired about building a bike-friendly culture in cities. Although it doesn't specifically mention Cincinnati, its findings and recommendations definitely apply to us.

"Building any infrastructure, anywhere, is a pain in the neck," writes Aarian Marshall. "You've got to find exactly the right government agencies, community groups, funding sources and contractors. And then you've got to figure out the logistics of construction and worry about the inevitable delays and cost overruns."

But Marshall then says not to despair, that there's good news for our soon-to-be bicycling-loving cities. "Across the country, usually stodgy governments are trying quick and dirty pilot projects, putting down cheap and temporary bicycle infrastructure and giving it a literal test drive (well, ride) before committing to the big stuff."

Like bike-only lanes along Central Parkway?

"Laying down temporary infrastructure before ginning up anything permanent also provides an opportunity to convince skeptics about the upsides of bike travel," Marshall writes. "Demonstration projects go a long way in terms of alleviating fears. Once residents see bicycle infrastructure in action, he says, they (usually) decide it doesn’t take up too much room or cost too much money. That makes it politically easier to build permanent protected lanes, bike boxes and signals."

Read the full Wired story here.

Cincinnati ranked #4 healthiest U.S. city thanks to "highly rated" doctors

The Better Doctors website ranks the best doctors across the U.S. via a data-driven algorithm that accounts for a doctor's education, experience and referral network, and occasionally the site uses its data to tell related stories.

Last week the site ranked the 50 largest U.S. cities according to four criteria: the American Fitness Index of residents' fitness and general health, the percentage of residents with health coverage, the number of physicians per 1,000 residents and (the secret sauce) the percentage of doctors in each city "that are highly rated according to Better Doctor's comprehensive, seven-variable algorithm."

Cincinnati is ranked #4, up from #10 last year "with a large increase in highly rated doctors and relatively high ranking in all other categories," according to the story. The top three ranked cities are Minneapolis, Washington D.C. and Boston.

Better Doctors says it obtained data from the American Fitness Index, U.S. Census and its own proprietary data, coming up with a score for each city that weighted AFI at 40% of the overall score, the percentage of highly rated doctors at 20%, the number of primary care physicians per 1,000 residents at 20% and the percentage of residents with health insurance at 20%.

Read the full Better Doctor ratings here.

Artfully rebuilding in Covington

The national website of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has a section called "Our Stories" to share examples of successful community-building efforts from its 30-plus offices across the U.S. The local story featured last week was "Rebuilding, Artfully, in Kentucky" and covered the amazing work LISC Cincinnati has done in Covington in partnership with the Center for Great Neighborhoods.

"More and more, community developers are using arts and culture, so integral to the character and identity of a flourishing place, to catalyze neighborhood renewal," national writer Alina Tugend says in her introduction. "In Covington, Ky., this kind of creative placemaking has helped brighten and invigorate communities that have struggled with blight, crime and abandonment, particularly the city’s Westside area. Today, Covington has more welcoming public spaces, affordable homes and new businesses than since its 20th-century heyday as the iron fence capital of the world."

Read the full story on the LISC national website here.
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