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Live in Covington, Commute to Cincinnati and Save Money

Updated on November 18, 2019
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Ms. Inglish is successful at employment & training, with regional records of tens of thousands placed and retained in gainful employment.

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

Queen of the Ohio River, Cincinnati, Ohio is located at the Southwestern tip of the growing Ohio Space Corridor that ranges up through the Ohio River Valley to Dayton and even Columbus.

Cincinnati shows increasing job listings and economic wealth since the mid 2000s. However, its cost of living is a bit high: a 91 index compared to the 100 national average, according to Sperling's Best Places online. Fortunately, we have an excellent alternative straight across the river in Kentucky.

Many workers are moving to Covington, Kentucky across the 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, and even a Wedding District for planning and implementing affordable to live, considering economy.

Kiplinger Magazine recently found that Covington is the 8th Cheapest Place to Live in America.

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

Great American Ball Park:
Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202-4109, USA

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The 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

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

BB Riverboats and Mike Fink's, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, KY 41071:
101 Riverboat Row, Newport, KY 41071, USA

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New home of the Mike Fink.

Mike Fink's (1968 - 2014) former dock; 1 Ben Berstein Pl, Covington, KY 41011:
1 Ben Bernstein Pl, Covington, KY 41011, USA

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Cincinnati as seen from Newport, Kentucky, just east of Covington.
Cincinnati as seen from Newport, Kentucky, just east of Covington. | Source

Labor Market and Employment Trends

Numbers of job listings in the Cincinnati-Covington Metro Area increased from a low point in the Great Recession up to 26,000+ in early 2017.

Numbers of listings reached high points in 2010 and 2011, fluctuated, and began a new upward trend during Autumn 2011. This increase in jobs advertised continued 2012 - 2014 and surged again through the beginning of 2019.

IT and Aerospace related jobs, especially at GE Aviation, increased most rapidly..

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

Aerospace manufacturing is increasing.
Aerospace manufacturing is increasing. | Source

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. friends of mine have worked for years at Cincinnati GE installations and have been more than satisfied with salaries and benefits.
  2. Fifth/Third Bank
  3. Deloitte
  4. Pizza Hut: Management, drivers, and crew.
  5. Belcan
  6. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. The children;'s burn unit in this hospital is known all over the world for innovative healing procedures. A colleague of mine used hypnosis to keep a particular child's burned arms elevated in the air, this avoiding heavy bandages, much of the usual pain, and bed sores.
  7. Telereach Corporate
  8. Barr-nunn Transportation
  9. Cintas

Companies That Need Bilingual Workers in Spanish-English

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

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

Top 15 Largest Employers in Cincinnati-Covington Market

  1. Kroger Company (Grocery, pharmacy, housewares, home and beauty). The Kroger set of phone apps makes grocery and retail products easy to purchase bia pick-up, delivery, and shipping.
  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 Education
  11. Citigroup
  12. Cintas
  13. Delta Air Lines
  14. Northern Kentucky University
  15. Schwan’s Global Supply Chain: Frozen food manufacturing and route delivery services.

Living In Covington

Covington Cultural and Arts District:
2 W Pike St, Covington, KY 41011, USA

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Pulse Lofts:
118 W 5th St, Covington, KY 41011, USA

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Carnegie Covington:
1028 Scott St, Covington, KY 41011, USA

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Behringer Crawford:
1600 Montague Rd, Covington, KY 41011, USA

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Apartment Life in Covington

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

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Patty Inglish MS


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