Population: 11,689,442 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)
Major Cities: Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron, Dayton
Borders: Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $509,393 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)
Agriculture including soybeans, corn, grains, hogs, and cattle
Plastics, rubber, electrical equipment, appliances, automobiles, and steel
How Ohio got its name: The name Ohio comes from a Native American Iroquois word meaning great river.
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Ohio State Symbols
State Nickname: Buckeye State
State Slogan: So Much to Discover; Birthplace of Aviation (on its license plate); (formerly) The Heart of It All
State Motto: With God all things are possible
State flower: Scarlet Carnation
State bird: Cardinal
State fish: none (unofficially it's the Walleye)
State tree: The Buckeye
State mammal: White-tailed deer
State foods: Tomato Juice
Becoming a State
Date admitted: Tuesday, March 1, 1803
Number admitted: 17
Prior Name: Northwest Territory
Postal Abbreviation: OH
The Geography of Ohio
Total Size: 40,948 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)
Geographical Low Point: Ohio River at 455 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Hamilton (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Geographical High Point: Campbell Hill at 1,550 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Logan (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Central Point: Located in Delaware County approx. 25 miles north-northeast of Columbus (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Counties: 88 (source: National Association of Counties)
Bodies of Water: Lake Erie, Grand Lake, Ohio River, Cuyahoga River, Scioto River, Miami River
- Neil Armstrong - Astronaut and first man on the Moon
- Halle Berry - Actress
- George Custer - General who fought at Custer's Last Stand
- Thomas Edison - Inventor of many inventions including the light bulb
- James Garfield - The 20th President of the United States
- Ulysses S. Grant - Civil War general and 18th President of the United States
- Warren G. Harding - The 29th President of the United States
- Benjamin Harrison - The 23rd President of the United States
- Rutherford B. Hayes - The 19th President of the United States
- LeBron James - Professional basketball player
- William McKinley - The 25th president of the United States
- Paul Newman - Actor
- Jack Nicklaus - Professional golfer
- Pontiac - Famous Native American chief
- Pete Rose - Professional baseball player
- Steven Spielberg - Movie director
- William Howard Taft - The 27th President of the United States and Supreme Court Justice
- Orville Wright - Inventor of the airplane
- The first traffic light was in Cleveland, Ohio.
- Akron is considered the rubber capital of the world.
- Ohio is home to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
- Seven presidents of the United States were born in Ohio. They are Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford Hayes, James Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William Howard Taft, and Warren Harding.
- The name Ohio probably comes from an Iroquois Indian word that means 'great river'.
- The nation's first ambulance service was started in Cincinnati in 1865. Akron was the first city to use police cars in 1899.
- Life Savers candy was invented by Clarence Crane in 1912.
- Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, came from Ohio.
- The state flag is pennant design, rather than a rectangle like all the other state flags.
- The first capital city of Ohio was Chillicothe.
Professional Sports Teams
- Cincinnati Reds - MLB (baseball)
- Cleveland Indians - MLB (baseball)
- Cincinnati Bengals - NFL (football)
- Cleveland Browns - NFL (football)
- Cleveland Cavaliers - NBA (basketball)
- Columbus Blue Jackets - NHL (hockey)
- Columbus Crew - MLS (soccer)
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