Ohio Facts


Ohio Location In The US Ohio State Map

Ohio is known for:

  • American football
  • Rock and roll
  • Roller coasters
  • Corn
  • Steel and rubber production

Geography & Demographics

State Abbreviation OH
State Capital Columbus
State Size Total (Land + Water): 44,825 sq miles; Land Only: 40,948 sq miles
Number of Counties 88
Time Zone Eastern Time Zone
Bordering States Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia
Highest PointCampbell Hill, 1,549 feet
Tallest Building Key Tower in Cleveland, 947 feet
Largest StadiumOhio Stadium in Columbus, capacity 102,780
National ParksCuyahoga Valley National Park
State Population (2020)11,799,448
State Population Density288.2 people / square mile
Area Codes 216, 234, 283, 326, 330, 380, 419, 440, 513, 567, 614, 740, 937
Top 5 Cities (2020 population) Columbus (903,852)
Cleveland (378,589)
Cincinnati (304,548)
Toledo (271,455)
Akron (195,994)

Government & Legislature

Statehood March 1, 1803
Electoral Votes17
State Flag Ohio State Flag
GovernorOfficial Ohio Governor Website
U. S. SenatorsList of U. S. Senators From Ohio
U. S. RepresentativesList of U. S. Representatives From Ohio
State SenatorsList of Ohio State Senators
State RepresentativesList of Ohio State Representatives
State GovernmentOfficial Site
State ConstitutionOhio State Constitution
Same-Sex Marriage Legalization DateJune 26, 2015
Road ConditionsOhio Road Conditions
State Quarter Issue Date March 11, 2002

State Symbols

State AmphibianSpotted salamander
State ArtifactThe Adena Pipe
State BeverageTomato juice
State Bird Cardinal
State Bicentennial BridgeThe Blaine Hill Bridge
State Flower Scarlet carnation
State FossilIsotelus
State FrogBullfrog
State FruitTomato
State GemstoneOhio flint
State InsectLadybug
State MammalWhite-tailed deer
State Motto With God, all things are possible
State Native FruitPawpaw
State Nickname Buckeye State
State Prehistoric MonumentNewark Earthworks
State ReptileBlack racer snake
State Rock Song"Hang on Sloppy"
State Song"Beautiful Ohio"
State Tree Buckeye
State WildflowerWhite trillium

Sports Teams

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)

Table Tennis Clubs in Ohio

City Table Tennis Club
CincinnatiThe Cincinnati Table Tennis Club
ColumbusColumbus Table Tennis Club
ColumbusSpin & Smash
DaytonDayton Table Tennis Club
MasonTan's Table Tennis Training Club
StrongsvilleStrongsville Table Tennis

Popular Tourist Attractions

Festivals and Events

Top festivals and events in Ohio. They are listed in approximate order of when they take place during the year.

Festival / Event When Location
Cleveland International Film Festival April Cleveland
Cleveland Asian Festival May Cleveland
Ashland Ohio Balloonfest June Ashland
Columbus Arts Festival June Columbus
Cincinnati Music Festival July Cincinnati
Ohio State Fair Late July to early August Columbus
Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival July to August Canton
All Ohio Balloon Fest August Marysville
Dublin Irish Festival August Dublin
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati September Cincinnati
Ravenna Balloon A-Fair September Ravenna
Ohio Renaissance Festival September to October Waynesville
All-American Quarter Horse Congress October Columbus

Popular Iconic Ohio Foods

Ohio is famous for the following foods:

  • Buckeye Candy
  • Barberton Chicken
  • Cheese Coney Hot Dog
  • Goetta
  • 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

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

Famous Singers

  • 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.

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