Queen City

Located in Southern Ohio, along the Ohio River, Cincinnati is Ohio’s third largest city. Early beginnings as an American boomtown provided the region with a robust culture that is unique to its identity. Whether you’re taking in a concert at the newly renovated Music Hall, exploring the spectacular public art murals downtown, or visiting the Contemporary Arts Center, there is something for everyone and always more to explore in the Cincinnati region.

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Music & Design

The creative economy generates $6.1 billion in the Cincinnati MSA (metropolitan statistical area). It supports 38,659 jobs and supplies more than $2 billion in wages and proprietor income. Advertising and public relations lead the creative industries. The sector is responsible for $996 million dollars and supports 4,534 jobs in the Cincinnati MSA.

Independent artists, writers, and performers have a strong employment influence in the MSA supporting 3,248 jobs annually. The participation in the industry must be fairly small operations as they did not make the top fifteen list in terms of output. The same is true for museums. They support 1,196 jobs annually but also failed to make the top fifteen in terms of output. The top output producers were advertising, book publishing, and radio and television broadcasting. The region does excel in the architectural and building areas with strong custom architectural woodwork and ornamental and architectural metal work manufacturing.

Top 15 Creative Industries in Cincinnati by Output

The creative economy generates $6.1 billion in the Cincinnati MSA and supports 38,659 jobs. Here’s how the top 15 breakdowns.

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photo of the Henry Holtgrewe Strongman Mural, on the side of a building in Cincinnati Ohio

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“The legacy that this city developed over the centuries of love and support for the arts, you can feel it. You have an opera, a ballet, a symphony and theater, and it says something about a community. It’s a canary in the cage that tells you whether the mine is healthy.”

Jonathan Martin, President, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

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