Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi once asked, “If winning isn’t everything, why do they keep score?” Yes, it’s that time of year again: time for “Rating the Burbs.” Where does your neighborhood stack up? Find out in this issue.
Last year was the first time we set out to rate each neighborhood by crime, home value, education, and many other factors to find out the best of the best. We launched this feature after getting out in the Tristate and finding that there was nothing that assessed local communities. We felt that as business professionals, our readers deserved more: something that had measured results.

We found out soon enough that the fact-finding was no small feat, and it took months for the Cincy staff to gather all the data from the different community and governmental agencies. I give kudos to Greg Loomis, our editor, who led the charge again this year, and with help from the leadership in many of your communities, whipped this project into shape.

After “Rating the Burbs” hit the streets last year, we got a lot of feedback about the rankings. It’s been said that home is where the heart is, and no doubt some heart strings were pulled. Readers gave a lot of positive, and some not so positive, feedback about where communities placed.

So are we gluttons for punishment to repeat this again? I think it was because of your tremendous outpouring of opinions that we felt this was a feature that could resonate for years. The fact is that all communities on our chart are doing well. Their home values remained strong enough to qualify them for inclusion despite the current housing market, and that is a testament to hard work by their residents, schools, and governments.
A lot of your input from last year was taken and implemented in this year’s rankings. We are very open to look at ways we can improve, and please go online at www.cincymagazine.com to offer your thoughts.

So can you walk around and high-five the neighbors, or is there still work to be done? Just remember that bragging rights don’t last forever, and there is always next year. Either way, the party goes on, just don’t tell the coach or we are all in trouble!