Cincinnati, Ohio Population 2020

302,605

Cincinnati is Ohio's third largest city and the 66th largest city in the United States. The city sits on the border of Ohio and Kentucky at the meeting of the Ohio River and the Licking River. Cincinnati's population is slowly declining. The population of Cincinnati is estimated at 302,605.

Cincinnati has had a steadily declining population for several decades. Between 2000 and 2010, the population dropped from 331,300 to 296,900. While the worst of the decline seems to be over, Cincinnati still has not recovered its previous population.

Population Size and Population Density

The population of Cincinnati is estimated at 301,301 with a population density of 3,810 Cincinnatians per square mile. The urban population is estimated at 1.5 million, while the metropolitan area has about 2.12 million residents.

Strained Racial Relations in Cincinnati

Cincinnati has historically been predominantly white, with a 1940 white population accounting for 88% of the population. Cincinnati has dealt with strained race relations for much of its history, however. Due to its location on the Ohio River, the city was a border town between Kentucky, a slave state, and Ohio, with many residents playing a role in abolitionism. Many fugitive slaves also crossed at Cincinnati to escape North, and it had several stations on the Underground Railroad.

There have been many race riots in Cincinnati. The earliest occurred in 1829 when a riot broke out as anti-abolitionists attacked black people in the city, with other riots happening in 1836 and 1841.

One of the most recent racially-charged riots occurred in 2001 when police shot and killed a black man during a foot pursuit. Racial agitation again reared its head with the case of a university officer named Ray Tensing and his actions in the death of Samuel DuBose, which lead to some protests and two mistrials in court as juries became deadlocked and could not reach an agreement.

Cincinnati History

Cincinnati was founded in 1788. The original surveyor of the area, John Filson, originally named the settlement Losantiville, which combines four terms from different languages to mean "the town opposite the mouth of the Licking River." The agreement was renamed Cincinnati in 1790 by Arthur St. Clair to honor the Society of the Cincinnati, which honored General George Washington, who was considered a latter-day Cincinnatus.

By 1819, the city was incorporated. The introduction of steam navigation on the Ohio River helped Cincinnati grow to 115,000 people by 1850, and the area began to multiply. In its early history, Cincinnati depended heavily on trade with slave states to the south and African Americans began to settle the area in growing numbers. This led to tensions and racially-fueled riots.

Cincinnati later played a significant role in the Civil War, serving as a source for troops and supplies for the Union Army. While Cincinnati later made it through the Great Depression better than most large cities in the United States, it was devastated not long afterward by the flood of 1937, one of the worst floods in the history of the country.

Cincinnati was a major boomtown in the heart of the United States for the early part of the 19th century, but by the end of the city, as the country moved from steamboats to railroads, the city was surpassed in importance and population by other cities like Chicago.

Cincinnati Population Growth

Like many other large industrial cities, Cincinnati recorded a peak population in 1950 and it has steadily lost people since. Cincinnati has lost 43% of its peak population, while its metropolitan area has doubled in population.

Municipal boundaries have remained unchanged since 1950, yet thousands of pre-war homes and apartments have now been replaced by non-residential structures, including expressways, hospitals, and universities.

Cincinnati is in a tight position, as increasing the population in the city proper would now require higher rents, increased traffic and most likely the demolition of many historic buildings for the construction of high-rise apartments.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently rated the U.S. metropolitan areas with the highest and lowest projected job growth. Cincinnati was ranked as one of the bottom ten urban areas for job growth, which does not bode well for increased population in the near future.

Cincinnati Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Cincinnati was:

  • White: 50.28%
  • Black or African American: 42.72%
  • Two or more races: 3.57%
  • Asian: 2.01%
  • Other race: 1.22%
  • Native American: 0.11%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.08%

How Many People Live in Cincinnati, Ohio?

302,605
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018302,6059570.32%
2017301,6481,9410.65%
2016299,7073690.12%
2015299,3388290.28%
2014298,5097340.25%
2013297,7751,0170.34%
2012296,7587380.25%
2011296,020-817-0.28%
2010296,837-34,448-1.09%
2000331,285-32,755-0.94%
1990364,040-21,369-0.57%
1980385,409-68,105-1.61%
1970453,514-49,036-1.02%
1960502,550-1,448-0.03%
1950503,99848,3881.01%
1940455,6104,4500.10%
1930451,16049,9131.18%
1920401,24737,6560.99%
1910363,59137,6891.10%
1900325,90228,9940.94%
1890296,90841,7691.53%
1880255,13938,9001.67%
1870216,23955,1952.99%
1860161,04445,6093.39%
1850115,43569,0979.56%
184046,33821,5076.44%
183024,83115,1899.92%
18209,6427,10214.27%
18102,5400.00%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20182,190,20910,3510.47%
20172,179,85811,6250.53%
20162,168,23310,5930.49%
20152,157,6409,4510.44%
20142,148,18910,1950.47%
20132,137,9949,6610.45%
20122,128,3335,8880.28%
20112,122,4454,7670.22%
20102,117,6780.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White151,02250.28%
Black or African American128,31542.72%
Two or More Races10,7293.57%
Asian6,0512.01%
Some Other Race3,6701.22%
American Indian and Alaska Native3320.11%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander2380.08%

Cincinnati Population Pyramid 2020

Cincinnati Median Age

32.4


Total

31.5


Male

33.4


Female

Cincinnati Adults

There are 234,692 adults, (36,513 of whom are seniors) in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Age Dependency

51.6

Age Dependency Ratio

18.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Cincinnati Sex Ratio

Female

155,531

51.78%

Male

144,826

48.22%

Cincinnati Households and Families

Cincinnati Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Cincinnati Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married73.2%26.8%
All37.8%62.2%
Male31.6%68.4%
Non Family27.1%72.9%
Female26.7%73.3%

37.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All137,2812.0937.8
Non Family75,5051.2627.1
Married31,585373.2
Female24,4233.2426.7
Male5,7683.1231.6

3

Average Family Size

2.09

Average Household Size

6.6%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Cincinnati Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6,1383.15%
9th to 12th Grade18,0469.27%
High School Graduate47,97824.64%
Some College37,72119.38%
Associates Degree14,4987.45%
Bachelors Degree40,71620.91%
Graduate Degree29,58715.20%

Cincinnati Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White102,28094,02752,751
Black79,12165,31511,030
Hispanic5,3713,8841,783
Asian4,1313,8483,380
Multiple Races4,0233,5761,437
Other Race1,692944360
Native American23923044
Islander157157101

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 81.82%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,228$38,017$31,920
Less Than High School$16,422$18,128$14,949
High School Grad$25,061$27,324$22,451
Some College$29,250$31,632$26,741
Bachelors Degree$48,778$52,724$43,622
Graduate Degree$60,907$71,254$55,466

$35,228

Average Earnings

$38,017

Average Male

$31,920

Average Female

Cincinnati Language

Cincinnati Language by Age

Cincinnati Language

91.87% of Cincinnati residents speak only English, while 8.13% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 2.94% of the population.

Cincinnati Poverty

Cincinnati Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black125,63246,54537.05%
White137,16723,44317.09%
Multiple10,2973,92438.11%
Hispanic10,7383,78335.23%
Asian5,6731,47726.04%
Other3,5941,28335.70%
Native3284714.33%

27.24%

Overall Poverty Rate

25.85%

Male Poverty Rate

28.52%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Cincinnati

The race most likely to be in poverty in Cincinnati is Multiple, with 38.11% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Cincinnati is Native, with 14.33% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.35%. Among those working part-time, it was 34.34%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 39.94%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School44.40%
High School27.37%
Some College20.93%
Bachelors or Greater6.21%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed59.11%
Male Unemployed49.50%
Female Employed15.65%
Male Employed10.57%

Cincinnati Income

Cincinnati Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$38,542$61,937
Families$52,193$80,895
Married Families$88,925$120,054
Non Families$28,970$44,850

Cincinnati Marital Status

Cincinnati Marital Status

Marriage Rates

28.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

29.4%

Male Marriage Rate

26.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Cincinnati Married by Age and Sex

Cincinnati Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Cincinnati Marital Status by Race

Cincinnati Veterans

12,722

Number of Veterans

11,783

Male Veterans

939

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam4,591
First Gulf War1,608
Second Gulf War1,520
Korea1,162
World War II682

Cincinnati Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White6,7785.28%
Black5,5015.95%
2 or More3245.71%
Hispanic2743.99%
Asian571.04%
Indian3614.46%
Other261.17%

Cincinnati Veterans by Education

16.36%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.92%

Veteran Disability Rate

Cincinnati Employment Status

65.9%

Labor Force Participation

59.8%

Employment Rate

9.2%

Unemployment Rate

Cincinnati Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

70.69%

Born in Ohio

94.34%

Native Born

5.66%

Foreign Born

3.59%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

94.34% of Cincinnati residents were born in the United States, with 70.69% having been born in Ohio. 3.59% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.