Special Report

COVID-19: How Cases in the Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN Metro Area Compare to Other Major Metros

The U.S. reported over 665,000 new cases of coronavirus over the seven days ending June 26, bringing the total count to more than 85.6 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 1,005,000 COVID-19-related deaths — the highest death toll of any country.

New cases continue to rise, albeit at a slowing rate. In the past week, there were an average of 26.4 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Americans — a decrease from the week prior, when there were an average of 32.0 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people.

While new data shows that the risk of contracting COVID-19 is high in almost every part of the country, cities continue to be the sites of major outbreaks and superspreader events. Experts agree that the virus is more likely to spread in group settings where large numbers of people routinely have close contact with one another, such as colleges, nursing homes, bars, and restaurants. Metropolitan areas with a high degree of connectivity between different neighborhoods and a large population may be particularly at-risk.

In the 50 largest metro areas, the incidence of COVID-19 grew at an average rate of 29.3 new cases a day per 100,000 residents in the past week — 14.3% greater than the case growth in all counties outside of metro areas.

The Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN metro area consists of Hamilton County, Butler County, Warren County, and 13 other counties. As of June 26, there were 25,724.6 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 Cincinnati residents, roughly in line with the national rate. For comparison, the U.S. has so far reported 26,532.2 cases per 100,000 Americans nationwide.

The incidence of coronavirus cases depends on a variety of factors and can vary even between neighboring counties. Within the Cincinnati metro area, Grant County has the highest incidence of COVID-19 cases. As of June 26, there were 30,539.9 cases per 100,000 residents in Grant County, the most of any county in Cincinnati, and far greater than the county with the lowest incidence. In Franklin County, there were 19,544.2 cases per 100,000 residents — the least of any county in Cincinnati.

In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, city and county governments have ordered the closure of thousands of consumer-facing businesses. These measures have led to widespread job loss and record unemployment. In the Cincinnati metro area, unemployment peaked at 14.5% in April 2020. As of November 2021, the metro area’s unemployment rate was 4.1%.

To determine how the incidence of COVID-19 in the Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN metro area compares to the rest of the country, 24/7 Wall St. compiled and reviewed data from state and local health departments. We ranked metro areas based on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.To estimate the incidence of COVID-19 at the metropolitan level, we aggregated data from the county level using boundary definitions from the U.S. Census Bureau. Population data used to adjust case and death totals came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey and are five-year estimates. Unemployment data is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and is seasonally adjusted.

These are all the counties in Ohio where COVID-19 is slowing (and where it’s still getting worse).

FIPS MSA Population Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of June 26 Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of June 26 per 100,000 residents Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of June 26 Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of June 26 per 100,000 residents
30620 Lima, OH 103,175 28,179 27,311.8 479 464.3
31900 Mansfield, OH 121,100 32,584 26,906.7 512 422.8
44220 Springfield, OH 134,726 36,125 26,813.7 587 435.7
17140 Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 2,201,741 566,390 25,724.6 5,912 268.5
45780 Toledo, OH 644,137 160,133 24,860.1 2,096 325.4
19430 Dayton-Kettering, OH 803,543 197,500 24,578.6 3,025 376.5
18140 Columbus, OH 2,077,761 507,502 24,425.4 4,619 222.3
49660 Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 541,846 124,009 22,886.4 2,543 469.3
17460 Cleveland-Elyria, OH 2,056,898 469,671 22,833.9 6,308 306.7
10420 Akron, OH 703,845 156,383 22,218.4 2,165 307.6
15940 Canton-Massillon, OH 399,736 88,711 22,192.4 1,846 461.8

Sponsored: Tips for Investing

A financial advisor can help you understand the advantages and disadvantages of investment properties. Finding a qualified financial advisor doesn’t have to be hard. SmartAsset’s free tool matches you with up to three financial advisors who serve your area, and you can interview your advisor matches at no cost to decide which one is right for you. If you’re ready to find an advisor who can help you achieve your financial goals, get started now.

Investing in real estate can diversify your portfolio. But expanding your horizons may add additional costs. If you’re an investor looking to minimize expenses, consider checking out online brokerages. They often offer low investment fees, helping you maximize your profit.