About Ohio State
Ohio, a state in the Midwestern US, is known for rolling hills, covered bridges, wilderness and historic homes. Ohio is a state located in the Midwestern region of the United States. It is the 34th largest by land area, the 7th most populous of all the US states. The name Ohio is taken from the American Indian word, ohi-yo, which means 'great river'. The state's nickname is 'The Buckeye State' for its distinct Buckeye trees.
History of Ohio
Archaeological evidence shows that people had lived in the regions of Ohio since 13,000 BC. Between 1000 BC to 800 BC, there were semi-permanent villages already set up across the Ohio Valley. In 1650, the Iroquois Indians lived between the areas of the Ohio River and Great Lake.
The region was claimed by the French in the 18th century, who set up trading posts in the region, for the purpose of controlling the fur trade industry that was booming in the region. After the French and Indian War in 1754, the British colonial possession followed. By the end of the American Revolution, the British conceded their control of the region to the growing United States.
Ohio was then included in the great Northwest Territory. The region eventually received statehood status on March 1, 1803, but it was never formally declared. It wasn't until 1953 that President Dwight Eisenhower officially signed the original documents that the formal declaration was made.
Geography of Ohio
Ohio is located in the Midwest region of the United States. The state is bordered by Ontario, Canada to the north, Michigan to the northwest, Pennsylvania to the east, Indiana to the west, Kentucky to the south, and Virginia to the southeast.
The Ohio River defines the state's southern border while much of the northern border is defined by Lake Erie. The state features glaciated plains and high mountain peaks. The tallest peak of Ohio is Campbell Hill at 1,539 feet.
Travel Destinations in Ohio
Ohio is a treasure chest full of small boxes, each having a hidden delight waiting to be experienced. Allowing a four-season outdoor experience, the state greets travelers with proud Midwest culture. From the fern-filled valleys to the Appalachian foothills, the 'Buckeye State' opens up senses beyond your wildest imagination.
Comprising 16 roller coasters and 72 rides, Cedar Point in Sandusky is one of the most popular amusement parks in the US. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland is a pilgrimage site for many music enthusiasts, featuring exhibits and collections of the most influential musicians of all time. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium houses over 7,000 animals representing over 800 species.
The Hocking Hills State Park is a rugged national area that's famous for its camping facilities and hiking trails. Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park, Franklin Park Conservatory, Great Lakes Science Center, and Cincinnati Museum Center are other prominent attractions in Ohio.
Transportation in Ohio
- By Air - The Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, nine miles southwest of downtown Cleveland, is served by major airlines in North America.
- By Train - The Capitol Limited, Lake Shore Limited and Cardinal are the Amtrak trains serving the state.
- By Road - Network of Interstate Highways (I-71, I-90, I-80, I-70, and I-75) and U.S. Routes (US 62, US 20, US 6, US 30, and US 22) traverse the state.
Education in Ohio
There are 700 school districts in Ohio. For higher education, the state has one of the largest university systems in the US. Notable universities include Xavier University in Cincinnati for being one of the top Catholic colleges in the country; the University of Dayton for its highly ranked entrepreneurship program and high level of student happiness; and Ohio Stat University, which is one of the top public universities in the country. Know more here
Facts about Ohio
- The state takes its name from the Ohio River.
- Columbus is capital of Ohio.
- Fifty percent of the US population lives within 500-mile radius of Columbus.
Last Updated on : May 09, 2017
|Area||44,825 sq mi (116,096 km2)|
|Population||11,594,163 (2014 est)|
|Official Languages||None ( Spoken : English 93.3%, Spanish 2.2%, Other 4.5% )|
|Time Zone||Eastern Time Zone UTC-5|
|Lt. Governor||Mary Taylor|
|U.S. Senator||Sherrod Brown, Rob Portman|
|Joined the Union||March 1, 1803|
|Nickname||The Buckeye State, The Heart of It All, The Mother of Presidents, Birthplace of Aviation|
|Highest Point||Campbell Hill|
|Lowest Point||Ohio River at Indiana border|