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Metropolitan area leaders will want to pay special attention to Chapters 10 and 11.


Local advocacy groups are encouraged to consider our findings in needs assessments, planning and policy development.


Cincinnati Community


                                                                    September 15, 2004


Dear Readers:


We are pleased to announce the publication of The Social Areas of Cincinnati: An Analysis of Social Needs, Fourth Edition.  The first two editions, published by the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission in 1974 and 1986, have been widely used by local government departments, health and social service agencies, community groups, and a wide variety of others.

The Third Edition, co-authored by Dr. Janet Buelow, was published by the School of Planning of the University of Cincinnati in 1997.  This Fourth Edition updates the 1974, 1986 and 1997 studies and measures the changes that have taken place in thirty years.  While the majority of our analysis focuses on Cincinnati city, we have provided some analysis of Cincinnati's metropolitan area.  Metropolitan area leaders will want to pay special attention to Chapters 10 and 11.  This edition adds an examination of vulnerable populations in Cincinnati – minorities, Appalachians, seniors, children, and the unemployed and underemployed.

Local advocacy groups are encouraged to consider our findings in needs assessments, planning, and policy development.  Past editions have been used in planning the location of a senior center, a recreation center, health programs and various public and private community projects.  Also, information from previous editions has been used in numerous grant applications and by neighborhood organizations to advocate for public works.

Citizens of Cincinnati neighborhoods should note that our studies refer to the statistical neighborhoods as defined by the City Planning Commission.  The statistical neighborhood boundaries vary somewhat from the functional neighborhoods as they define themselves.  Our neighborhood list has only 48 neighborhoods.  A map of the functional neighborhood boundaries can be obtained from the City Planning Commission.

Readers are welcome to contact the authors for advice on how to utilize this report in planning, proposal writing, or advocacy.  Those who feel that the data in this report are in error or misinterpreted should contact the authors.  Any serious errors will be corrected in future printings or through errata sheets.


Michael Maloney and Christopher Auffrey



Project Funding

This project was supported by grants from the Urban University Program of the University of Cincinnati and the Knowledgeworks Foundation. 


Supporting Organizations

The Urban Appalachian Council provided grant administration and moral support.  Catholic Social Services and the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio provided in-kind support in the form some of Michael Maloney's time.

Special Thanks

Dev Seggar of the City of Cincinnati Planning Department, Dr. Phillip Obermiller, a visiting scholar at the University of Cincinnati School of Planning, and William K. Woods of Applied Information Resources.

Project Staff

Writer and Editor                                              Michael Maloney, AICP

Principal Investigator                             Dr. Christopher Auffrey, AICP

Map Graphics                                                              Stephen Sizemore

Statistical Analysis                                                      Stephen Sizemore

Text Editing                                                           Dr. Phillip Obermiller

                                                                                        Dr. John Bryant

Word Processing and Design                                                 Jeffrey Dey


All correspondence regarding this report should be given to:

Mike Maloney

Michael Maloney and Associates

5829 Wyatt Avenue

Cincinnati, Ohio 45213

Tel: 513.531.8799

Fax: 513.531.3899

Email: meamon@aol.com



1.     Early Work in Social Area Analysis

2.     The Social Areas of Cincinnati

3.     The Census Tract Map Method

4.     Poverty, Race and Gender in Cincinnati

5.     Appalachian Cincinnati

6.     Education in Cincinnati

7.     The Elderly and Children

8.     Unemployment and Joblessness

9.     The Neighborhoods 1970 – 1990 Comparisons

10.  Cincinnati as a Metropolis

11.  Summary of Findings and Policy Recommendations

12.  Appendix I – References

13.  Appendix II – SES Index and Variables for Cincinnati City Census Tracts

14.  Appendix III – Neighborhood Changes 1970 - 2000

15.  Appendix IV – SES Index and Variables for Metropolitan Census Tracts

16.  Appendix V – Definition of Variables

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