Welcome to Ohio
"The Buckeye State"
Known as the "Buckeye State" for its plentiful buckeye trees, Ohio's landscape has historically fueled its economic growth. Once leading the country in corn, horse, sheep, and wool production, the state's agriculture industry still employs about one in seven residents. Manufacturing is also a lynchpin industry. Ohio is home to some of the largest food-manufacturing plants in the world, including those run by Dannon, Campbell's, General Mills, and Heinz (the latter runs the world's largest ketchup manufacturing plant in Fremont). The state is also a major research and development center and boasts a huge aerospace and defense industry.
Tourism isn't a historical mainstay of the state, but attractions like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland have contributed to its recent growth. Like many in the Midwest, Buckeyes love their sports—Cincinnati is home to the country's first professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds. Perhaps the most curious fact about Ohio is that is was not technically admitted as the 17th state until its 150th anniversary in 1953. Although President Thomas Jefferson approved the state's boundaries and constitution in 1803, Congress never formally passed a resolution admitting the state to the Union. As most Buckeyes would probably agree, better late than never.
State Name: Ohio
State Nickname: "The Buckeye State"
State Motto: "With God, all things are possible"
Name for Residents: Ohioan, "Buckeye"
Time Zone: Eastern, GMT/UTC -5 / -4 (Daylight Savings Time)
Capital City: Columbus
Date of Statehood: March 1, 1803
Statehood Rank: 17th State
Area: 44,825 square miles (116,096 km²)
Area Rank: 34 of 50
Number of Counties: 88
State Population: 11,485,910 (2008 estimate)
Columbus - 754,885 (2008)
Cleveland - 433,748 (2008)
Cincinnati - 333,336 (2008)
Scioto River - Length: 231 mi (372 km)
Great Miami River - Length: 150 mi (240 km)
Maumee River - Length: 130 mi (209 km)
Highest Point: Campbell Hill, 1,550 ft (472 m)
Lowest Point: Ohio River, 455 ft (139 m)
Bordering States and Countries:
West Virginia (Southeast)
Record High Temperature:
July 21, 1934 at Gallipolis
Record Low Temperature:
February 10, 1899 at Milligan
Ohio State Flag
Ohio State Seal
Ohio Location Map
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