Moving To Ohio
Want to know more about Ohio before your move? Ohio (OH), nicknamed the Buckeye State, was the 17th state in the U.S., becoming a state on March 1, 1803. The largest city and capital of Ohio is Columbus. Other large cities in the state include Cincinnati, Dayton, Cleveland, Toledo, and Akron. There are approximately 11,570,808 Ohioans living in this state which is bordered by Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, and one of the Great Lakes, Lake Erie. The state takes its name from the Ohio River, originating from the Iroquois word ohi-yo’, meaning "great river" or "large creek." In fact, there are several major rivers and bodies of water around the state. Among the largest are the Ohio River, Lake Erie, the Scioto River, and the Miami River.
Ohio's geographic location has proven to be an asset for economic growth and expansion. Because Ohio links the Northeast to the Midwest, much cargo and business traffic passes through its borders along its well-developed waterways and highways. Ohio has the nation's 10th largest highway network, and is within a one-day drive of 50 percent of North America's population and 70 percent of North America's manufacturing capacity. The state’s main industries include manufacturing (steel, cars, airplanes, rubber products, chemicals, and plastics), farming, and mining (coal).
After settling into your new home, you’ll find a good way to unwind from your move is to see the sights Ohio has to offer. To the north, Lake Erie gives Ohio 312 miles of coastline, which allows for numerous cargo ports. Ohio's southern border is defined by the Ohio River, and much of the northern border is defined by Lake Erie. Within those borders, you’ll find famed amusement park Cedar Point, the destination location of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the beaches of Lake Erie, and many inland lakes and rivers. Residents and visitors also enjoy eight National Parks and Monuments in the state, recognizing our history, natural beauty, aviation growth, battlefields and more.
Ohio is home to 24 state universities (Ohio State University, Bowling Green University, Kent State University, and more), more than 50 private colleges and universities (Case Western Reserve University, and others).
Ohio’s Sports History
For those moving to Ohio who love sports, you’ll find Ohio is home to major professional sports teams in baseball, basketball, football, hockey, lacrosse and soccer. The state's major professional sporting teams include: Cincinnati Reds (Major League Baseball), Ohio Machine (Major League Lacrosse), Cleveland Indians (Major League Baseball), Cincinnati Bengals (National Football League), Cleveland Browns (National Football League), Cleveland Cavaliers (National Basketball Association), Columbus Blue Jackets (National Hockey League), and the Columbus Crew (Major League Soccer).
Once you’ve settled in after your move, you’ll want to take some time to explore the fervor surrounding this state’s professional teams. Ohio played a central role in the development of both Major League Baseball and the National Football League. Baseball's first fully professional team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings of 1869, were organized in Ohio. An informal early 20th century American football association, the Ohio League, was the direct predecessor of the NFL, although neither of Ohio's modern NFL franchises trace their roots to an Ohio League club. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is located in Canton.
For history buffs moving to Ohio, you’ll be interested in knowing some of the state’s presidential background. Ohio is the birthplace of seven U.S. presidents, including the 18th U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant; 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes; the 20th U.S. President James Garfield; the 23rd U.S. President Benjamin Harrison; the 25th U.S. President William McKinley; 27th U.S. President William Howard Taft; and 29th U.S. President Warren G. Harding.