Midwestern cities struggling to improve public perceptions about them

New research shows that all of those studies constantly released about the best and worst cities for (fill in the blank) may actually have an impact on people’s perceptions of those places. The analysis finds that people throughout the United States have poor perceptions of the Midwest and cities like Cincinnati, St. Louis, Cleveland, Detroit and Milwaukee. More from The Atlantic:

What we found is that our initial perceptions about cities are in fact often grounded in statistical reality. The positive or negative opinions of our survey respondents were correlated, often quite strongly, with such metrics as change in population, housing prices, and cost of living, and inversely correlated with measures like crime and unemployment. On the other hand, measures such as sales tax and traffic congestion appear to have little influence on people’s perceptions of different cities.

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  • Greg

    Until I visited Cincinnati I thought that it was a rusting and uninteresting city…boy was I wrong. I’m not sure what y’all can do to counter that perception, especially from people in fast growing newer parts of the country, short of having them come and visit for themselves.

    • Those fast-growing and new parts of the country aren’t so fast-growing and new anymore. That helps to explain the modestly improved demographics of Cincinnati in the last five years.

    • One of the biggest things that I think Cincy can do is market. MidPoint Music Festival (which has gotten tons of praise from the bands from outside areas) for instance should be doing better outreach to the music enthusiast community outside of Cincinnati.

      It seems like one of Cincy’s biggest issues is getting outside the force field that surrounds the city, where it feels like outside ideas have a hard time getting in and marketing has a hard time getting out. There has been great strides in this area, but there needs to be more work.