Located about nine miles north of downtown Cincinnati, Wyoming is a nearly three square mile city inside the I-275 loop. Just driving through it, Wyoming might only appear like a neighborhood, but it is actually a small city with a population of about 8,500 people. Wyoming is in the north-central metropolitan area of Cincinnati near exits 10 through 12 on I-75 and the Galbraith Road exits on the crosstown Ronald Reagan Highway.
I am not a Cincinnati native. As of this writing, I have lived in Cincinnati seventeen years and in Wyoming for the last eight years. I offer here a vignette based on my experience living in Wyoming and what I hope is some useful information about the city.
Wyoming is for Families
First and foremost, Wyoming is a place to raise a family. Most people move to Wyoming because of it’s highly-rated schools system -there are three primary schools that feed one middle school and one high school. My wife and I moved here during our oldest’s last year of preschool so that he could start kindergarten in Wyoming. We now have three kids in the Wyoming school system. I can attest that the schools have so far lived up to their reputation. All of my kids’ teachers have been top-notch. The staff and administration are easily accessible and wiling to work with parents and students. The Wyoming City Schools offer many resources for students and there are lots of parent volunteers that help make Wyoming City Schools a nurturing environment.
Once your children are plugged into the school system, Wyoming’s small-town atmosphere really starts to come alive. You see the same faces at school pick up, the bakery, the library, the pool, the park, and the many festivals and events Wyoming offers throughout the year. Because practically everyone in Wyoming is here to raise a family, there is a strong sense of a community with a common purpose. Avoiding a cliche, we all do help look out for each other’s children. Unlike a rural small town, you might not know all your neighbors, but you get to know practically everyone with kids in the same grade as yours.
Wyoming also offers opportunities outside of school for kids. The Wyoming Recreation Department oversees the Rec Center that houses youth sports, summer camps, an adult fitness facility, gymnasiums, exercise class, and the Wyoming Family Aquatic Center. The Recreation Department maintains the city’s parks and hike/bike trail – there are a lot of walkers, runners, and bicyclists in Wyoming. Wyoming is also dog-friendly, although we do not yet have a dog park.
Also under the purview of the Recreation Department is the Wyoming Civic Center. The Civic Center is an public event space that can also be rented for private events. The Civic Center has a large hall upstairs that has a stage. There is also a big “corral” room in the basement. The basement also houses a candlepin bowling alley that is opened to the public occasionally and can be rented by residents (a popular birthday party activity).
For summer swimming, you have your choice between the Wyoming Family Aquatic Center and the Wyoming Swim Club. Both offer a summer swim team. Both will have familiar faces of friends and neighbors. There is also a pool at the Wyoming Golf Club, but I think it’s just a side benefit for the members who enjoy its 9-hole golf course.
The Wyoming Fine Arts Center, located on Wyoming Ave., offers lessons and classes in music, art, and dance for kids and adults. Some of the programs at the fine arts center are affiliated with or taught by graduates of CCM. I have enrolled my kids in piano classes, toddler art class, hip hop dance, and currently in the Suzuki violin program with which I am very pleased. My kids have also participated one of the many summer programs offered at the Fine Arts Center.
Located just outside the western border of Wyoming on Winton Road is the Powel Crosley YMCA which many families also use for its youth programs and fitness facilities.
Wyoming Has . . .
Within the 2.8 mile-or-so city limits of Wyoming, there are a variety of styles of homes from colonial to mid-century modern to ranch. There are a few churches and one synagogue in Wyoming. Wyoming has a small-but-popular branch location of the Cincinnati Public Library. There are the schools, the Civic Center, the Rec Center, and the Swim Club. There is the golf course. There are a few parks, the best parks baing at the bottom of the hill east of Springfield Pike – there is one park in the Hilltop area, but it only has a baseball field and it is does not have a parking lot or easy access.
Wyoming has, by my count, five restaurants, a coffee shop, a bakery, and a deli. The restaurants are Half-Day Cafe (sit-down breakfast and lunch), Gabby’s Cafe (family friendly pub-style restaurant), Tela (gastropub), CWC (comfort food restaurant with a foodie flair), and a Subway. The owners of CWC, who are very Wyoming/civic-minded, will be opening a barbecue restaurant in a building on Wyoming Avenue next to the Village Green.
The Wyoming Pastry Shop is a popular spot with donuts, cookies, cakes, coffee, tea, sodas, and of course pastries. Wyoming Community Coffee (also known as Wycoco) is just what the name implies. It’s a coffee shop and popular meeting place. They offer light foods and gelato as well as a comprehensive menu of coffees and teas. Wycoco hosts regular events such as trivia nights and open mics. The Wyoming Meat Market is a full service deli offering meats, cheeses, and prepared foods. On some weekends, the Meat Market grills hamburgers, brats, and hot dogs on the sidewalk for walk-up orders.
Wyoming Florist is a good place to order flowers for local delivery or even to get a last minute bouquet. It is located on Wyoming Avenue across from the Village Green.
One of my favorite things about Wyoming is the many community events throughout the year. Among the annual events are the Fall Festival (October), Light Up Wyoming (December), Wyoming Exotic Wheels and Wine (September), and the Wyoming Art Fair (May). Probably the most popular event is May Fete. A fundraiser for the Wyoming Parent School Association, May Fete is a full-fledged carnival on Wyoming Avenue and the Village Green. There are a variety of carnival rides and games. It includes an indoor area, away from the noise and action, with games for young children. There is also food, of course. Wyoming kids love May Fete. A lot of the adults love it, too.
Wyoming Does Not Have . . .
There are no gas stations or grocery stores in Wyoming, although there are gas stations and grocery stores just outside the city limits. Wyoming doesn’t offer as much shopping as I would like. Wyoming Avenue has some retail (see the Business Listings on the city website). I’m always hoping that we’ll see more boutiques, or record store, or used book store, but that hasn’t happened yet.
Why I Like Living in Wyoming
As a father, I like Wyoming for its family-first community and its top-notch schools. I like being able to live in a small-town environment. It suites me to see familiar faces and share friendly greetings. I like the festivals, the locally-owned bakery, florist, cafes, and restaurants. I also like that it is easy to talk to City of Wyoming. The police department, the fire department, and even the mayors office are all accessible by all the citizens of Wyoming. I like that I can enjoy small-town living while at the same time being minutes away from Music Hall or a Reds game. For me, Wyoming is all about community.