Are we more like Columbus or Cleveland?

Posted at 6:36 AM, Sep 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-29 06:36:57-04

When it comes to national recognition, Cincinnati is often shadowed by Cleveland and Columbus.

True, those other “Big C” Ohio cities are bigger, in terms of population. The 2014 U.S. Census American Community Survey, released early Thursday, makes that clear.

Columbus is the state’s largest city with an estimated population is 836,293, while Cleveland’s head count stands at 389,524.

Cincinnati’s estimated population is 298,162.

But demographically, the new census data show Cincinnati might be more like Cleveland or Columbus than you might think.

The quiz below, developed from the new census data, gives you the chance to guess which “Big C” city is most like Cincinnati in several demographic areas.

Let's see how well you know your "Big Cs."


Answer details:
1. Non-white population: Cincinnati (51.3%); Cleveland (68%), Columbus (42.5%).
2. English-speaking only households: Cincinnati (93.8%); Cleveland (87.7%), Cleveland (85.4%).
3. Median age: Cincinnati (33.0 years); Cleveland (34.8 years), Columbus (31.9 years).
4. Renter-occupied homes: Cincinnati (64.1%); Cleveland (60.5%), Columbus (55.9%).
5. Median household income: Cincinnati ($32,688); Cleveland ($24,701), Columbus ($46,481).
6. Poverty rate: Cincinnati (30.0%); Cleveland (39.2%), Columbus (21.5%).
7. High school graduation rate: Cincinnati (86.9%), Cleveland (76.7%), Columbus (88.1%).
8. Commuting outside the county: Cincinnati (8.9%); Cleveland (7.5%), Columbus (11.1%).