Explorers headed to Fort Thomas in Northern Kentucky will discover the warmth and hospitality of supportive communities, historic neighborhoods, and the best of Kentucky culture combined with the benefits of Cincinnati’s thriving metro area. Professional sports, major arts and cultural institutions, and nationally-recognized restaurants, craft beer and live music scenes are just a 10-minute drive across the Ohio River.
Fort Thomas sits along the banks of the Ohio River across from Cincinnati, a big city with a small-town feel. A suburban community, Fort Thomas offers Explorers plenty of green space and a slower pace compared to its neighbor across the river. Explorers will enjoy four distinct seasons, with average highs only reaching 40.6 F in January (the coldest month) and average highs of 86.9 F in July, the warmest month.
There are several highly-ranked medical facilities in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area. U.S. News & World Report ranks Christ Hospital No. 1 in the area and High Performing in 4 specialties and 14 procedures and conditions. St. Elizabeth Healthcare Edgewood-Covington Hospitals, Bethesda North Hospital, and University of Cincinnati Medical Center round out the top 4.
Quality of Life
- Cost of Living: .7 percent below the national rate
- Population: 93,000 based on the 2020 Census estimates
- Median Home Sale Price: $409,250
- Average Rent: $1,136
- Median Household Income: $65,580
- Per Capita Income: $38,404
- Live below the poverty line: 11.1 percent
- Median Age: 38.1 years
- Average commute time: 23.7 minutes
Explorers can enroll younger family members in the Fort Thomas Independent Schools District.
- Overall grade: A (niche.com)
- Student-Teacher ratio: 19 to 1
- Serving: 3,125 students in Pre-K, K through high school
Explorers wishing to further their education or a family member looking to take classes will find several colleges and universities in the Northern Kentucky area, including Northern Kentucky University, Thomas More University, Beckfield College, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, and Mount St. Joseph University.
Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) serves all of Northern Kentucky, including Campbell County, with routes through Fort Thomas and into Cincinnati and direct service to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport CVG has non-stop flights to destinations across the country such as San Francisco, Orange County, and Jacksonville, and to London, England.
Sports Fans can head out to Great American Ball Park and take in a Cincinnati Reds doubleheader from April through October or bundle up for some head-on action at Paycor Stadium to watch the NFL Bengals play from September through January.
Smale Riverfront Park Located at one end of the Cincinnati Riverwalk, Smale Riverfront Park covers 45 acres on the Ohio River Trail, from the Great American Ball Park to Paycor Stadium. The park features landscaped gardens, water play areas, a playground, and plenty of picnic space.
Riverboat Cruise Get a great view of the Cincinnati skyline from the bow of one of the stunning riverboats that tour up and down the waterway daily.
Carew Tower If you’re looking for the best panoramic views of Cincinnati, take the elevator to the observation deck of the city’s second-tallest building.
Northern Kentucky University Explorers can visit several museums, bookstores, and restaurants on the campus or attend special lectures and events.
Riverbend Music Center From Post Malone and Charlie Puth to Red, White & Boom on July 4th, the Riverside Music Center is the venue for outdoor entertainment.
Fort Thomas Landmark Tree Trail This nearly mile-long loop is a popular trail for hiking. Leashed dogs are welcome. The trail has narrow paths and moderate elevation in winds among 25 different tree species.
Cincinnati Art Museum With more than 73,000 works of art spanning 6,000 years, the Cincinnati Art Museum also hosts several national and international traveling exhibitions each year.
Shopping From vintage shops in the Westend and Uptown, designer goods at Cincy’s best malls, or curated collections at boutiques, Explorers can meet all their shopping needs in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
Findlay Market Over one million visitors shop at Ohio’s oldest public market annually. Blocks from downtown, in Over-The-Rhine, the market features farm fresh, locally sourced, artisanal and specialty foods, crafts and jewelry pieces, flowers, and great people-watching.
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