Easterners love Cincinnati more than Westerners


CINCINNATI — East Side residents like living in Cincinnati more than West Side residents, according to residents surveyed in a recent study.

Nearly 1,500 people were surveyed by the ETC Institute on a range of topics covering everything from public safety, quality of life and cost of living.

Over 50% of survey participants said they had lived in the city for over 30 years.

The survey consisted of 11 sections with dozens of questions in each. Some sections were rated on a five-point scale ranging from very dissatisfied to very satisfied, poor to excellent, and some questions required yes or no answers.

Other survey themes include high ratings for fire and EMS services, low ratings for police, and most people think city leaders need to do more.

Let’s dive into the study:

Quality of life

Most people have rated Cincinnati as a good or great place to live, but there is a noticeable difference between the east and west sides of the city.

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The majority of people gave the city positive marks when it comes to work-life balance, but when it comes to raising children, those who live in the east paint a very different picture. the western one.

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When asked “How does Cincinnati rank as a place where I feel welcome” the majority of people gave a positive rating, but it again came down to where the respondents.

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Based on survey responses, West Side residents said they had less access to affordable housing, affordable food, and overall economic opportunities.

The west side of town said it felt less safe in its neighborhoods than the east side of town, with overall mixed ratings on the matter.

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Overall, Cincinnati’s fire and EMS rescue teams and their response times received a large majority of positive ratings, but CPD did not receive the same treatment.

Most people didn’t think the police were working hard enough to work with the public to address their concerns. In fact, only 52% of people say they are satisfied with the effectiveness of police protection where they live. Again, the experience of those on the east side is different from those on the west, especially when it comes to evaluating the attitude and behavior of officers toward citizens in Cincinnati neighborhoods.

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Although the East Side ranked their experience with the police higher than the West Side, those on the West Side reported having a better experience with the city’s 911 service than those living in the East.

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According to the study, more than 30% of people do not think the city is safe, even though only 16% of those polled identified themselves as victims of crime.

Overall, questions about municipal government received low marks. In fact, all 12 questions in the Communication and Community Engagement section of the survey and all 7 questions in the Leadership section received positive ratings of less than 40%.

Only 39% of people said the city’s efforts are good or excellent when it comes to supporting diversity by serving people equally, regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity, their age, abilities, sexual orientation or gender identity. Areas near the city center and areas in the far east of the city gave slightly more positive responses than those in other parts of the city.


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Overall, the city could do better with infrastructure, according to survey takers.

Less than 50% of residents citywide gave positive ratings to accessibility for people with disabilities, the adequacy of street lighting, the condition of sidewalks and the maintenance of city streets .

Respondents on the east side were more positive about the flow of traffic than those on the west side.

Most people had nothing positive to say about the cleanliness and appearance of the city, but the majority of Cincinnatians were happy with their garbage collection and recycling services. Those who live closer to the city center gave the lowest ratings.

What does the city do with all this information?

The ETC Institute took all of this information and created an “investment priority” page that ranks the importance of each topic to give the city an idea of ​​what should be “fixed” first.

Below is an example of what the institute sees as a top investment priority in public safety perception:

You can read the full study here.

Survey demographics


  • 0.3% identified as Native American/Eskimo only, non-Hispanic
  • 1.8% identified as Asian/Pacific Islander only, non-Hispanic
  • 42.0% identified as Black/African American alone, non-Hispanic
  • 4.3% identified as Hispanic, any race.
  • 0.7% identified as mixed race, non-Hispanic
  • 0.4% identified as other, non-Hispanic
  • 50.5% identified as single white, non-Hispanic

Annual revenue:

  • 24% said they earn less than $30,000 a year.
  • 26.6% reported earning between $30,000 and $59,000 per year.
  • 25% said they earn between $60,000 and $99,999 a year.
  • 24.5% reported earning $100,000 or more per year.

Further information

  • 76% of respondents said they were owners.
  • 97.6% of people are over 25 years old.
  • 49.3% of those who responded identified themselves as women.
  • 50.0% of those who responded identified themselves as men.
  • 0.7% preferred not to describe themselves.

What is the ETC Institute?
The ETC Institute was founded in 1982 by Dr. Elaine Tatham to help local government organizations collect data from residents to improve community planning, according to the institute’s website. The former one-man business is now a huge national corporation. According to its website, the institute has completed thousands of research projects and surveys for clients in 49 states. Since 2010, more than 2 million people have been surveyed in 1,000 cities.

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