Ohio is known for:
- American football
- Rock and roll
- Roller coasters
- Steel and rubber production
Geography & Demographics
||Total (Land + Water): 44,825 sq miles; Land Only: 40,948 sq miles|
|Number of Counties
||Eastern Time Zone|
||Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia|
|Highest Point||Campbell Hill, 1,549 feet|
|Tallest Building|| Key Tower in Cleveland, 947 feet |
|Largest Stadium||Ohio Stadium in Columbus, capacity 102,780 |
|National Parks||Cuyahoga Valley National Park|
|State Population (2020)||11,799,448|
|State Population Density||288.2 people / square mile|
||216, 234, 283, 326, 330, 380, 419, 440, 513, 567, 614, 740, 937|
|Top 5 Cities (2020 population)
Government & Legislature
|State Amphibian||Spotted salamander|
|State Artifact||The Adena Pipe|
|State Beverage||Tomato juice|
|State Bicentennial Bridge||The Blaine Hill Bridge|
||Scarlet carnation |
|State Gemstone||Ohio flint|
|State Mammal||White-tailed deer|
||With God, all things are possible|
|State Native Fruit||Pawpaw|
|State Prehistoric Monument||Newark Earthworks|
|State Reptile||Black racer snake|
|State Rock Song||"Hang on Sloppy"|
|State Song||"Beautiful Ohio"|
|State Wildflower||White trillium|
|Major Sports Teams
||MLB: Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds|
NFL: Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals
NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers
NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets
MLS: Columbus Crew, FC Cincinnati
|NCAA Division I Schools
University of Akron (Mid-American)
Bowling Green State University (Mid-American)
University of Cincinnati (Big 12)
Cleveland State University (Horizon)
University of Dayton (Atlantic 10)
Kent State University (Mid-American)
Miami University (Mid-American)
Ohio University (Mid-American)
Ohio State University (Big Ten)
University of Toledo (Mid-American)
Wright State University (Horizon)
Xavier University (Big East)
Youngstown State University (Horizon)
Popular Tourist Attractions
- Akron Zoo: Zoo in Akron, Ohio.
- Cedar Point: Amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio.
- Cincinnati Museum Center: A group of three museums in the same building in Cincinnati, Ohio.
- Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden: Zoo and botanical garden in Cincinnati, Ohio.
- Cleveland Museum of Art: Art museum in Cleveland, Ohio.
- Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: Zoo and aquarium in Columbus, Ohio.
- Easton Town Center: Shopping complex in Cleveland, Ohio.
- Franklin Park Conservatory: Botanical garden in Columbus, Ohio.
- Hocking Hills State Park: State park in Logan, Ohio.
- Kings Island: Amusement park and water park in Mason, Ohio.
- Mad River Mountain: Ski resort in Valley Hi, Ohio.
- Mohican State Park: State park in Loudonville, Ohio.
- Playhouse Square: Theater in Cleveland, Ohio.
- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.
- The Wilds: Safari park in Cumberland, Ohio.
- Toledo Zoo and Aquarium: Zoo and aquarium in Toledo, Ohio.
- Top Thrill Dragster: Roller coast in the Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio.
- Zoombezi Bay: Water park in Powell, Ohio, near Columbus.
Festivals and Events
Top festivals and events in Ohio. They are listed in approximate order of when they take place during the year.
Popular Iconic Ohio Foods
Ohio is famous for the following foods:
- Buckeye Candy
- Barberton Chicken
- Cheese Coney Hot Dog
- Polish Boy
- Cincinnati Chili
- The Thurmanator
- The 3-Way
- Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream
- Buckeye State Apple Pie
- Lake Erie Perch Sandwich
Famous People Born In Ohio
Nobel Prize Winners
- Charles G. Dawes (Peace, 1925)
- Arthur H. Compton (Physics, 1927)
- Donald A. Glaser (Physics, 1960)
- William Lipscomb (Chemistry, 1976)
- Toni Morrison (Literature, 1993)
- F. Sherwood Rowland (Chemistry, 1995)
- Richard E. Smalley (Chemistry, 1996)
- Paul C. Lauterbur (Physiology or Medicine, 2003)
- Joshua D. Angrist (Economic Sciences, 2021)
- Louis Brus (Chemistry, 2023)
United States Presidents
- Ulysses S. Grant (18th President)
- Rutherford B. Hayes (19th President)
- James A. Garfield (20th President)
- Benjamin Harrison (23rd President)
- William McKinley (25th President)
- William H. Taft (27th President)
- Warren G. Harding (29th President)
Pro Football Hall Of Fame Members
- Joseph Carr (Team Owner, NFL President, NFL co-organizer. Inducted in 1963)
- Pete Henry (Tackle, Kicker, Punter. Inducted in 1963)
- Clarke Hinkle (Fullback, Linebacker, Defensive Back. Inducted in 1964)
- Paul Brown (Coach, General Manager, Team Owner. Inducted in 1967)
- Cliff Battles (Halfback, Defensive Back. Inducted in 1968)
- Lou Groza (Offensive Tackle, Kicker. Inducted in 1974)
- Dante Lavelli (Offensive End. Inducted in 1975)
- Bill Willis (Defensive Tackle. Inducted in 1977)
- Paul Warfield (Wide Receiver. Inducted in 1983)
- Roger Staubach (Quarterback. Inducted in 1985)
- Larry Csonka (Fullback. Inducted in 1987)
- Len Dawson (Quarterback. Inducted in 1987)
- Alan Page (Defensive Tackle. Inducted in 1988)
- Jack Lambert (Linebacker. Inducted in 1990)
- Chuck Noll (Coach. Inducted in 1993)
- Dan Dierdorf (Offensive Tackle. Inducted in 1996)
- Don Shula (Coach. Inducted in 1997)
- Tom Mack (Offensive Guard, Offensive Tackle. Inducted in 1999)
- Bob Brown (Offensive Tackle. Inducted in 2004)
- Benny Friedman (Quarterback. Inducted in 2005)
- Ralph C. Wilson (Team Owner, Team Founder, AFL Co-Founder. Inducted in 2009)
- Dick LeBeau (Cornerback. Inducted in 2010)
- Cris Carter (Wide Receiver. Inducted in 2013)
- Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr. (Team Owner. Inducted in 2016)
- Orlando Pace (Offensive Tackle. Inducted in 2016)
- Bobby Beathard (Contributor. Inducted in 2018)
- Charles Woodson (Cornerback. Inducted in 2021)
Baseball Hall Of Fame Players
- Cy Young (Pitcher. Inducted in 1937)
- George Sisler (First Baseman. Inducted in 1939)
- Buck Ewing (Catcher. Inducted in 1939)
- Roger Bresnahan (Catcher. Inducted in 1945)
- Ed Delahanty (Left Fielder. Inducted in 1945)
- Elmer Flick (Right Fielder. Inducted in 1963)
- Jesse Haines (Pitcher. Inducted in 1970)
- Rube Marquard (Pitcher. Inducted in 1971)
- Rollie Fingers (Pitcher. Inducted in 1992)
- Mike Schmidt (Third Baseman. Inducted in 1995)
- Phil Niekro (Pitcher. Inducted in 1997)
- Ray Brown (Pitcher. Inducted in 2006)
- Barry Larkin (Shortstop. Inducted in 2012)
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame Players
- Jerry Lucas (Center-Forward. Inducted in 1980)
- John Havlicek (Guard-Forward. Inducted in 1984)
- Nate Thurmond (Center-Forward. Inducted in 1985)
- Neil Johnston (Center. Inducted in 1990)
- Gus Johnson (Forward. Inducted in 2010)
- Katie Smith (Guard-Forward. Inducted in 2018)
Famous Actors And Actresses
- Warner Baxter
- Halle Berry
- Clark Gable
- Paul Newman
- Anita Baker
- Tracy Chapman
- Chrissie Hynde
- James Ingram
- Bobby Womack
Famous People In Other Fields
- Neil Armstrong (Astronaut)
- Thomas Edison (Inventor)
- John Glenn (Astronaut)
- Jim Lovell (Astronaut)
- Orville and Wilbur Wright (Inventor)
Ohio Fun Facts
- The state of Ohio was named after the river 'Ohio'. The Ohio river was named for the Iroquois word ohi-yo', meaning "great river."
- Ohio is nicknamed the Buckeye State because of the buckeye trees commonly found throughout the Ohio River Valley.
- Ohio's swallowtail flag is the only non-rectangular U.S. state flag.
- Founded in 1869, Cincinnati Red Stockings was the first professional baseball team. In its tour it went 57-0, and won the first game 45-9.
- The first speeding ticket for an automobile driver was given by a policeman in Dayton, Ohio, in 1904, to Harry Myers for going 12 miles per hour on West Third Street.
- On August 5, 1914, the American Traffic Signal Company installed the first traffic signal system in the United States on the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio.
- Cleveland is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
- The Pro Football Hall of Fame is located in Canton, Ohio.
- Columbus Crew Stadium is the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States.
- In Ohio, it is illegal to get a fish drunk.
This page was last updated on October 14, 2023.