College Hill, Ohio, settled in 1813, is today one of the most vibrant of Cincinnati’s 52 neighborhoods. College Hill’s 16,000 residents live within 3.4 square miles on the northern edge of Cincinnati. The neighborhood is home to a diverse mix of families and singles, young and old. Situated atop a hill, this is a diverse community of tidy homes, tree lined streets, and loyal residents.

College Hill exhibits characteristics of a quiet, early 20th century suburb with tree-lined streets, but also those of an active urban village filled with eclectic businesses and restaurants, surrounded by varied and desirable housing of distinctive architecture. These features, along with strong public and private educational institutions, a library, churches, parks and green spaces, make College Hill a destination for families, couples, and singles of all ages who desire urban convenience, great dining, community gatherings, and engaged residents.

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Great Location and Transportation:

One of most appealing aspects of College Hill is its convenient proximity to downtown Cincinnati, and ease of transport to all Cincinnati communities via regular north-south and east-west bus routes.

College Hill is served by two major Metro bus lines that run north and south to Downtown (#17 Buses), east and west to other neighborhoods (#43 Buses). Hamilton Avenue has been identified as a prime corridor for future bus rapid transit (BRT), which will further enhance connections to surrounding communities as well as the major employment areas Downtown and in Clifton. At present 10% of employed College Hill residents use public transportation for their daily commute.

Profile of Our Residents:

residents have lived in College Hill 6+ years 41.5%
College Hill households are families 56.5%
residents have educational attainment some college or above 58.6%
residents are in the age range 20 – 55 45.1%
working residents are employed in White Collar Professions 60.9%


Median Family income in College Hill

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Distance: Hamilton/North
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WHY COLLEGE HILL? College Hill History

In her book, Images of America: College Hill, author and College Hill resident Gail Deibler Finke describes College Hill this way:

College Hill, Cincinnati’s fourth largest and most diverse neighborhood, owes much of its character to the nineteenth-century colleges that gave the neighborhood its name. Though Farmers’ College and the Ohio Female College are long gone, their bucolic campuses left a legacy of park-like streets.

The abolitionist sympathies of the area’s early families and college faculty began a tradition of racial integration well before the Civil War.

Large retirement homes, several more than a century old, make the neighborhood a haven for elderly people, while an abundance of cottage-style homes attract young families, and neat apartments, many dating from the 1920s, accommodate renters.

From its earliest days, when settlers dreamed of educating a new generation of American pioneers, College Hill has remained a welcoming home to people of all ages, races, and classes. It is truly a country village within city limits.

Images of America: College Hill (2004), by Gail Deibler Finke, was published by Arcadia Publishing, Charleston SC.

Another interesting history of College Hill is Old College Hill (1982), published by the Cincinnati Historical Society, and reprinted by permission by the College Hill Historical Society in June 1988.

Find more historical information about College Hill at our Historical Society site.