Ah, the burbs. Those lovely neighborhoods with green lawns and homes with character and style, with easy access to highways and within walking distance of some of the area’s best amenities.

It’s images like those that set the top suburbs in the Greater Cincinnati area apart from the others.

Communities such as Amberley Village, Aurora, Fort Thomas, Glendale, Indian Hill, Madeira, Mariemont, Terrace Park and Wyoming have the homes where few look alike.

Other suburbs in the Tristate — from Lebanon to Richwood, from Pierce Township to Hidden Valley — offer newer, often bigger homes with a greater array of custom features.

Welcome to our second annual special report, Rating the Burbs, which examines and ranks our standout communities. In part, it’s a unique kind of relocation guide to help answer this question: Where would you most want to live if you were an outsider moving in, or an insider just itching to make a move?

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