Carthage is a cool neighborhood of 2,733 people located on the north side of Cincinnati, between Winton Hills and Roselawn.
Carthage is in an interesting location of the city because it’s surrounded by several suburbs, along with three Cincinnati neighborhoods. because of this, i think my brain always considered Carthage to be an independent village and not an actual part of Cincinnati. i didn’t realize Carthage was a part of Cincinnati until about two months ago, so it has been pretty cool getting to learn about it since then.
when i visited Westwood and Pleasant Ridge, i talked a bit about how it seemed like neighborhoods that were further away from the center of the city faced different issues than the ones neighborhoods closer to downtown did, like Avondale and Walnut Hills. Carthage is unique because even though it is on the northern outskirts of town, a lot of its demographics and challenges mirror southern neighborhoods. for instance, during the demographic shift of the 20th century, Carthage gained a lot of residents from Appalachia, just like Lower Price Hill. a substantial amount of Carthage’s residents also live below the poverty line. for a long time, Carthage was a blue collar, middle class neighborhood with a tight community and small town feel. it also still has a lot of residents who have lived in Carthage for most of their lives.
around the 90’s the demographics in Carthage began to change yet again. a lot of older residents started to leave and were replaced with younger Cincinnatians with children. even today Carthage has residents from all different age groups, something i think is really cool. one of my favorite things about Carthage is that it also has a large Latinx population and several spanish speaking churches.
i like Carthage because it feels hidden. sometimes when i need to get to the northern parts of the city and don’t want to take the highway, i’ll take Spring Grove Avenue to Vine Street. after passing by tons of industrial buildings in Camp Washington and St. Bernard, Carthage always emerges as a friendly, inviting place with its cute business district and beautiful mural welcoming people to the neighborhood.