You may have seen or heard about a recent study that rated Cincinnati one of America’s least favorite cities. Nationally, it got plenty of play on the radio.

I don’t know about you, but when I see something like this, I get suspicious, and when I get the facts, I usually get angry.

This study is a case in point. Done by the Pew Research Center, the highly publicized study was in reality a telephone survey of 2,260 adults across the country asking: If you could live anywhere in the U.S., where would you choose to live?

As you might guess, half wanted to move somewhere other than they presently lived. They chose the places you would expect: Seven of the Top 10 favorite cities were in the West, three in the South. As one New York Times columnist said about the study, it proved no matter how bad the economy, Americans still like to think the grass is always greener somewhere else.

I’ve never seen a study rating cities by the quality of their people, but isn’t that what really makes a city or region worth living in? Cincy is unique because of its people. Just like our river in springtime, Cincy overflows with interesting individuals making a difference, many who will never be recognized.

So we decided we’d do something of our own to call attention to Cincy’s greatest asset. We are pleased to introduce our first class of Most Interesting People. They were chosen from your nominations — over 100 — because they are interesting people engaged in fascinating and worthwhile pursuits.

A big thank you to all who nominated someone. We hope you enjoy seeing their stories in print as much as we enjoyed meeting them.

Perhaps a town made interesting by its people will never perform well in national opinion polls. But it doesn’t matter to us. Since we had too many people nominated to include them all this year, it guarantees we will feature more Most Interesting People next year. They are the reason we are proud to call Cincy home.