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Downtown Cincinnati

A Cincinnati Neighborhood


Downtown Cincinnati, aka the Central Business District, is just across the Ohio River from northern Kentucky. The bustling riverfront, which is home to the stadiums for both the Reds and the Bengals, was recently renovated with walking paths, gardens and fountains, for a refreshing walk just feet from the heart of Cincinnati. The downtown area is also where several international companies set up headquarters, such as Macy’s, Procter & Gamble, and Kroger. As the most walkable neighborhood, downtown Cincinnati is very walkable and is flush with award-winning restaurants, diverse bars, and arts venues, including the Aronoff Center for the Arts and Fountain Square, where some of the city’s largest cultural events are held.

If you want riverfront views, an active social scene, and easy access to some of Cincinnati’s largest cultural institutions, center your apartment search downtown. The options are a bit more limited and generally pricier than apartments in outlying neighborhoods, but — especially considering the streetcar system opening in 2016 — you can’t beat the convenience.


If you're not sure how much an apartment will cost, the table below shows the average price by size.

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May Rent Report

Welcome to the May 2022 Cincinnati Apartment Report. In this assessment of the local rental market, Rentable data scientists and rental experts break down the May 2022 key findings and figures for the Cincinnati rental landscape.

Our experts analyze the pricing trends — one-bedroom, two-bedroom, year-over-year and month-over-month — in Cincinnati and surrounding areas and provide comparisons to the entire metro area, nearby cities and some of the most desirable and expensive cities in the United States. Take a look at the last 12 months of Cincinnati average rent prices in the chart below.

Monthly Rent Report

Cincinnati Rent Prices Decrease From April to May

Cincinnati rent prices decreased over the last month. From April to May, the city experienced a -1.36% decrease for the price of a one-bedroom apartment. The rent price for a Cincinnati one-bedroom apartments currently stands at $1,019.0.

When we take a look at the two-bedroom comparison from April to May, Cincinnati experienced a 0.53% increase for the price of a two-bedroom apartment. The rent price for a Cincinnati two-bedroom apartments currently stands at $1,319.0.

May Prices: Cincinnati vs. Surrounding Areas

Rent Prices in Cincinnati and Surrounding Areas

Rent prices have decreased in Cincinnati over the last month. But how have the surrounding areas fared when it comes to the recent volatility in apartment prices? Rent prices in 4 of the Cincinnati suburbs increased last month. On the other hand, 3 local areas experienced a decrease in the price of a one-bedroom apartment.

More key findings include:

  • Rent increased in Florence, KY, Liberty Township, OH, West Chester, OH, Loveland, OH .

  • Rent decreased in Fairfield, OH, Covington, KY, Batavia, OH.

  • 6 suburbs are currently priced higher than the city of Cincinnati.

  • 1 suburb is currently priced lower than the city of Cincinnati.

May 2022 Pricing Trends: Cincinnati vs. National Comparisons

Cincinnati Rent Prices More Affordable Than Major Cities

Rent growth in Cincinnati over the past year has been declining. When compared to major cities nearby, along with some of the most expensive cities in the country, Cincinnati average rent prices appear to be relatively affordable for local residents.

The price for a Cincinnati one-bedroom apartment remains vastly more affordable than four of the largest cities in the United States — New York City, Washington, D.C. San Francisco and Los Angeles. And pricing compares quite similarly to nearby Midwest cities.

You can view the full rundown of Rentable's May 2022 National Apartment Report and data set here.

For more information about Cincinnati and surrounding area rent prices, take a look at the complete data set below.

Data set for Cincinnati and suburbs

1 BR May 1 BR M/M % Change 2 BR May 2 BR M/M % Change
Cincinnati, OH $1,033.0 -2.73% $1,312.0 1.23%
Florence, KY $1,066.0 2.50% $1,395.0 3.64%
Fairfield, OH $1,031.0 -2.28% $1,286.0 0.16%
Liberty Township, OH $1,462.0 3.76% $1,724.0 2.86%
Covington, KY $1,781.0 -16.27% $2,351.0 -10.34%
West Chester, OH $1,616.0 3.26% $1,892.0 8.61%
Batavia, OH $918.0 0.00% $1,075.0 0.66%
Loveland, OH $1,501.0 2.11% $1,680.0 -1.35%


Each month, using over 1 million Rentable listings across the United States, we calculate the median 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom rent prices by city, state, and nation, and track the month-over-month percent change. To avoid small sample sizes, we restrict the analysis for our reports to cities meeting minimum population and property count thresholds.