Cincinnati just took home some distinguished dessert honors in a national list of "Best Ice Cream Cities" — and it's not just because we're finally getting a Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream.
Clever, a self-proclaimed "real estate data company," just released its 2022 rankings of the best cities for ice cream in America and Cincinnati is at No. 12.
The company compared the 50 "most-populous U.S. metro areas" using metrics like how many ice cream parlors there are per 100,000 residents, how often people are googling ice cream and the average annual temperature.
Oklahoma City was ranked No. 1 and Jacksonville, Florida was rated the worst.
According to the results, Cincinnati has 2.9 spots to grab ice cream per 100,000 residents and it ranked No. 4 in Google Trends for the term "ice cream floats."
Clever's write-up also says, "Cincinnati has sensationally cheap ice cream. At $4.03 for a cone, locals spend less than residents of the average city on our list, who pay $4.50."
The full Cincinnati write-up reads:
It's fitting that the city sits on the Ohio River, as residents have an affinity for ice cream floats. Cincinnati ranks fourth in search interest for the popular ice cream beverage.Clever doesn't mention 152-year-old ice cream chain Graeter's, which has already seen its share of national attention from the likes of Newsweek, Barstool Pizza Review and many, many others. Nor does it mention other favorite local spots, like Hello Honey, which just opened a new ice cream parlor in Northern Kentucky. And it doesn't even being to touch our creamy whips.
Web searches for general ice cream terms are especially common in Cincinnati, earning the city an interest score of 92.6 out of 100 — better than the typical score of 79.1.
Some of Ohio's highest-quality ice cream can be found in the city, as evidenced by the handmade ice cream and Italian Ice at Aglamesis Bro's and first-rate rolled ice cream at Simply Rolled.
Regardless, hitting No. 12 is a pretty sweet accomplishment.
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