Today, resilient Ohio is right back on track; new businesses are opening in record numbers, many small and large manufacturing plants are on a 24/7 work schedule, and its fertile farmlands are some of the most productive in the country.
The State of Ohio - the proud home of eight American Presidents - is often called the "Birthplace of Aviation Pioneers," as NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong (the first man on the moon) and John Glenn were born in Ohio, as well Orville Wright, the co-inventor of the airplane.
Ohio Firsts: Ohio is acclaimed as the birthplace of the first professional baseball team (the Cincinnati Red Stockings) and for a tasty American-classic...the hot dog.
Ohio is known for its colleges and universities, their championship athletic teams, and of course, the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Potential Ohio vacation destinations are numerous, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and the world renowned Cincinnati Zoo.
The State of Ohio is the 7th most populous in the United States with 11.5 million 'Buckeyes' calling this Midwest area home. Ohio is a big state of rolling hills and plains, including the Allegheny Plateau dotted with frequent lakes and rivers. Known as the gateway to the Midwest, the northern Ohio border is at Lake Erie and the southern is along the Ohio River with Kentucky. The states of Indiana and Michigan are to the West, with Pennsylvania and West Virginia bordering the East.
Ohio is an important commerce and shipping hub with 50% of the North American population and 70% of its manufacturing facilities within a one day drive or a cruise on the Great Lakes. Known as a 'Swing State' with no solid political party leaning, Ohio is one of the states that can turn the tide of any election, especially presidential, so U.S. politicians pay special attention to the Buckeye State when its campaign time.
The state has several large metropolitan areas, with the Capital City of Columbus the largest by population. Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, and Akron follow closely behind. Akron is home to the famous Goodyear Tire Company and Toledo is known as the Glass City related to its long history in that industry with Owens Corning, Owens-Illinois, and Libbey Glass calling the city home.
The Ohio River town of Cincinnati is home to the world famous Cincinnati Orchestra, the largest amusement park in the Midwest, Paramount Kings Isle, and the first baseball team in the USA, the Cincinnati Reds (first known as the 'Red Stockings').
The All-American city of Cleveland is famous for its Blues roots, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the West Side Market, which has been doing business since the early 1800's. The Economist listed Cleveland, Ohio as the best city for business conferences in the United States, as well as tied with Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as 'the most livable city in the U.S.'
But.... it's the Buckeye State's small towns, family farms and hard working people that remain the cornerstone of its very bright future.
Great Ohio Vacation Destinations, or a Place to Call Home
In recent decades Ohio has rebounded beautifully from a decline in heavy manufacturing, such as the steel and auto industries, to become a diversified economy with the trade, transportation, and utility sectors the biggest employers of Ohioans. Even though the manufacturing focus has declined in recent times, the state still boasts the 3rd largest manufacturing output of all 50 U.S. States.
The state of Ohio blends a rich metropolitan culture with the solid traditions of the American Heartland and its people. This is a great place to call home and travelers will find that a Ohio Vacation offers plenty of great things to see and do for the entire family.
CITY ATTRACTIONS & MAPS:
West Side Market, Cleveland
Ohio Cities, Counties & Area Codes
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