Cincinnati maintains a Midwestern charm with the fun of a big city.

Active adults looking to downsize and stay near family in Southwest Ohio have several good options in the Cincinnati area. The metropolitan area is thriving and is one of the strongest in the Midwest.

According to Cincinnati.com, it had the fastest-growing economy in the Midwest in 2016. U.S. News ranked Cincinnati as the 49th best place to live and 54th-best place to retire in America. This ranking was achieved due to Cincinnati’s low cost of living, job market, and an excellent public school system.

One reason so many active adults like to stay in the Cincinnati area is its ability to maintain a Midwestern charm while hosting the attractions of a large metropolitan area. Residents will be hard pressed to run out of things to do in the area. Cincinnati boasts a wealth of entertainment, dining and shopping options.

Residents can enjoy a steak at upscale Boca in Downtown Cincinnati, while Primavista offers fine Italian dining. The Cincinnati Dinner Train offers a unique dining experience in a 1940s style train. Of course, there is plenty else to do other than dining. Catch a show at the Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati or head to the Cincinnati Zoo for a day out with family. Cincinnati also features a few professional sports teams: the Cincinnati Reds play baseball at Great American Ballpark, the Bengals play football at Paul Brown Stadium, and FC Cincinnati will join Major League Soccer in 2019.

The area is also home to several 55+ communities great for downsizing. Here are a few to check out.

Liberty Grand - Liberty Township, OH

Low $300s - Low $400s

Liberty Grand is an active-adult community in Liberty Township just northeast of Cincinnati. The community features 100 single family and attached homes. There are four floor plans available ranging in size from 1,554 to 2,600 square feet. A clubhouse features a catering kitchen and social areas. Outdoors, there is a patio area and heated pool. The community also features a fitness center open 24 hours a day. Other amenities include walking trails and scenic, natural outdoor spaces.

The Woods on Wilkens - Mason, OH

High $200s - High $300s

A low-maintenance community located northeast of Cincinnati, The Woods on Wilkens features 102 attached homes for resale only. Construction was completed in 2015 by the popular Epcon Communities. The clubhouse is a stand out feature. It includes an exercise room, a multi-purpose room, and a kitchen. Outside, residents can relax at the patio or take a dip in the pool in the summer months. The Woods on Wilkens also features a picturesque pond, beautiful natural spaces, and walking trails.

The Villas at Hamilton West - Hamilton, OH

High $100s - High $200s

The Villas at Hamilton West is an active lifestyle community in Hamilton just outside Cincinnati. This community features 84 attached homes for resale only. Epcon Communities completed construction of the community in 2013. There are three floor plans available ranging in size from 1,240 to 1,686 square feet. Each floor plan features a master suite and spacious bathrooms. The Villas features a clubhouse with an exercise room, multi-purpose room, and catering kitchen. Outdoors, residents can relax at the patio or pool. A scenic pond is also a great place to relax with neighbors.