Situated in the southeast corner of Ohio, Hamilton County is the third-most populous county in the state, encompassing 413 square miles of land. The county is composed of 13 townships containing 21 cities, 17 villages and two unincorporated communities. The county seat of Hamilton County is Cincinnati, a major metropolis with many attractions, from renowned restaurants to art museums. Founded in 1790, Hamilton County is named for the first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton.
The county lies in a region of rolling hills formed by the slopes of the Ohio River valley, the Great Miami River, the Little Miami River, and Mill Creek. Nestled along the Ohio River, which divides the states of Ohio and Kentucky, Cincinnati is a lively city with plenty for residents of the county to enjoy. The city has a number of artsy neighborhoods with historic architecture and is known for its famous Cincinnati chili. Cincinnati hosts a number of popular attractions, including the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Findlay Market, the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, and the Great American Ball Park, home of MLB’s Cincinnati Reds. There are three major man-made lakes in Hamilton County, the largest of which is Winton Woods Lake, covering 188 surface acres.
Hamilton County is home to 21 public school districts and a number of private schools, providing an array of options for education. Additionally, there are several institutions for higher learning in the county, including the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Christian University, Xavier University, Mount St. Joseph University, and more. Healthcare facilities in Hamilton County include Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Mercy Health, and more.