Low-Cost Living In Covington KY - Commute to Cincinnati and Save Money

The Roebling Suspension Bridge over the Ohio River from Covington to Cincinnati, with the Mike Fink restaurant paddlewheeler at the lower right.
The Roebling Suspension Bridge over the Ohio River from Covington to Cincinnati, with the Mike Fink restaurant paddlewheeler at the lower right. | Source

The Covington Advantage

Cincinnati, Ohio is located at the Southwestern tip of the growing Ohio Space Corridor that ranges from Fairborn to the Ohio River and the city is increasing in jobs and economic wealth. However, its cost of living is a bit high - 91 compared to the 100 national average by Sperling's Best Places . Fortunately, we have an excellent alternative straight across the Ohio River in Kentucky.

Many workers are moving to Covington, Kentucky across the Ohio River and saving money by commuting to their Queen City jobs. from city center to city center, the distance between these sister cities is only 3 miles. Kiplinger Magazine recently found that Covington is the 8th Cheapest Place to Live in America. A continuously improving city, Covington offers an Arts District, the Historic Downtown area, and an upcoming Wedding District for planning and implementing affordable weddings.place to live, considering economy.

Cost of living is lower, while earnings are higher than national averages in the Covington KY Area.

Travel and Leisure Magazine names the Covington-Cincinnati Metro Area's Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport the Best Regional Airport in North America in 2011 and Number One in Customer Service by SkyTrax at the World Airport Awards. Finally, it was named the Safest Airport In America. Especially for travelers and convention interests, the Covington bed tax for hotels/motels is far cheaper than in Cincinnati.

The Cost of Living Index for Covington is 85 per Kiplinger Magazine and 83 according to Sperling's . Property taxes are lower in Covington than the national average and median home cost is lower, at $98,700 per Sperling's .

At the same time, the largest cohort of earners in Covington makes $100,000 to $149,999 per year. This is a larger cohort by over 10% than the national average.

Workers earning sums of $40,000 to $99,999 annually also outnumber national averages by 2 to 3 times. Thus, cost of living is lower, while earnings are higher. Covington may be a perfect place to live, considering economy.

The Covington-Cincinnati Metro Area's Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport has been recognized as the Best Regional Airport in North America and Number One in Customer Service.

Attractions are Great on Both Sides of the Ohio River

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A markerGreat American Ball Park -
Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202-4109, USA
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B markerThe Mike Fink Offices -
100 Greenup St, Covington, KY 41011, USA
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The Mike Fink Riverboat and RestaurantCincinnati, across the Ohio River.
The Mike Fink Riverboat and Restaurant
The Mike Fink Riverboat and Restaurant | Source
Cincinnati, across the Ohio River.
Cincinnati, across the Ohio River. | Source

Historic Mike Fink

Mike Fink's Seafood Restaurant Paddlewheeler

The famous Mike Fink's was a fine dining restaurant specializing in seafood on the Ohio River on the Covington side.A new investment group is refurbishing and plans to reopen the historic facilities.

Originally an oil hauler, it was refurbished for restaurant duty and renamed after the notorious Mike Fink of the Ohio River.

This character was a man that hauled keelboats from the Ohio all the way to Lake Erie and was known as a practical joker and accurate marksman, going so far to perform shooting tricks. Born at Fort Pitt, he was also a contemporary of Davey Crockett, and not one to confront or insult.

Although it was refurbished in 2012, the restaurant on a boat has been a hit with visitors for decades and soon to reopen to greet them again with the best in seafood.

In the mid-1980s, this was my first experience with a raw bar and I came away quite pleased. The menu included meat, seafood, and pasta entrees in addition to the raw bar and was always more popular than the McDonald's riverboat restaurant on the Cincinnati side of the river. People crossed the bridge to Mike Fink's.

Mike Fink's is still here on the Ohio River and the fast-food paddle-wheeler is long gone. Fink's moved a couple of miles east along the river to the owners' collection of other riverboats, a site for guided tours and dinner cruises at BB Riverboats in Newport near the riverfront aquarium.

Some of the items I enjoyed on the raw bar at Fink's have included Alaskan King crab, South American prawns, Blue Point oysters, Gulf shrimp, and Cherrystone clams.

Open since 1968, the Mike Fink was included on the National Historic Register of Buildings and Places in 1981.

Mike Fink's Relocated to Newport KY in 2014

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A markerBB Riverboats, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, KY 41071 -
101 Riverboat Row, Newport, KY 41071, USA
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New home of the Mike Fink.

B markerMike Fink's (1968 - 2014)1 Ben Berstein Pl, Covington, KY 41011 -
1 Ben Bernstein Pl, Covington, KY 41011, USA
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Aerospace manufacturing is increasing.
Aerospace manufacturing is increasing. | Source

Labor Market and Employment Trends

Numbers of job listings in the Cincinnati-Covington Metro Area and especially in Covington were at a low point in 2008, but began to increase in 2009.

Numbers of listings reached highpoints in 2010 and 2011, fluctuated, and began a new upward trend during Autumn 2011. This increase in jobs advertised continued through 2012 to the end of 2013 as well. IT and Aerospace related jobs, especially at GE Aviation, increased most rapidly..

Healthcare, Transportation, and Manufacturing in Autos, Aerospace, and Foods Industries continue on the increase.

High Demand Jobs

Highest Demand Jobs in Covington KY, Cincinnati OH and Loveland OH

  1. Engineers - IT, Aerospace, Manufacturing, Mechanical, Electrical. This area is in Ohio's Space Corridor, with jobs set to increase further in the upcoming decades.
  2. Engineering Technicians
  3. Company Truck Drivers
  4. Automotive Technicians
  5. Physical Therapists and Assistants
  6. Sales Representatives
  7. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  8. Pharmacy Technicians
  9. Owner Operator Truck Drivers
  10. Managers and Assistant Managers
  11. Pharmacists
  12. Physicians
  13. Occupational Therapists
  14. Merchandisers
  15. Administrative Assistants
  16. Project Managers
  17. Sales Management Trainees - several companies
  18. Dental Assistants
  19. Assistant Professors - both states
  20. Insurance Agents

Largest Advertisers Of Local Jobs

  1. GE - General Electric
  2. Fifth Third Bank
  3. Deloitte
  4. Pizza Hut - Management and crew.
  5. Belcan
  6. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  7. Telereach Corporate
  8. Barr-nunn Transportation
  9. Cintas

Companies That Often Need Bilingual Workers, Spanish-English

In the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati Labor Market Area, look for jobs at the following companies who can use bilingual workers:

  • Delta
  • Greater Cincinnati Airport
  • Mazak
  • Omnicare
  • Toyota

Top 15 Largest Employers in Cincinnati-Covington Market

  1. Kroger Company (grocery, pharmacy, housewares, home and beauty) - At least 110 stores in Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana.
  2. Procter & Gamble
  3. ABX Air Inc.
  4. Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing - approximately 8,500 employees in manufacturing and operations. Manufacturing is increasing in Ohio/Kentucky.
  5. GE Aviation
  6. St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
  7. Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  8. Fidelity Investments
  10. Boone County Board of Edu.
  11. Citigroup
  12. Cintas
  13. Delta Air Lines
  14. Northern Kentucky University
  15. Schwan’s Global Supply Chain - Frozen food manufacturing.

Living In Covington

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Covington, KY, USA
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Finding a Place to Live: Apartment Life

General Apartment Guide for Covington, Kentucky.

The Pulse Lofts

Covington Cultural and Arts District - Business, the arts, and residences. The Covington Cultural District includes four cornerstone organizations: Artisan Enterprise Center, Carnegie Center for Performing and Visual Arts, Baker Hunt Arts and Cultural Center, Behringer Crawford, the city’s oldest museum.

Tugboat on the Ohio River
Tugboat on the Ohio River | Source

© 2012 Patty Inglish

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