Best & Worst States: What is Ohio No. 1 at?

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Whether you seek a cosmopolitan experience, a quiet retreat in a small town, or a full-blown nature getaway, Ohio has everything you need. In Ohio's largest cities, Cincinnati, Dayton, and Columbus offer many of the state's most popular cultural attractions, great shopping, and a full range of activities. Head out into the country to discover the best of Amish Country, or visit summer fun towns like Sandusky for a day of amusement parks. Ohio's lakes and forests, often found in national and state parks, are inviting destinations to discover Ohio's best outdoor adventures from spring to fall. If it's winter, you can even try your luck ice fishing on the lakes. You can find exciting and fun experiences no matter what the season is in Ohio.

Let us see what the best things in Ohio:

Best: Low cost of living

According to, $10.75/hour is the minimum wage needed to live comfortably as a single adult. Many locals state that one of the reasons they love living here or why they moved here from out of state is that the housing cost is so affordable. Your dollars will go a lot further in this state unless you invest your entire savings account into a buckeye farm.

Best: Roller coasters are great!

Cedar Point and Kings Island are among the most beloved amusement parks in Ohio. One of Cedar Point's attractions is "Top Thrill Dragster," and its "Millennium Force" is the world-famous coaster. The Kings Island in Mason is the most prominent amusement and water park in the Midwest - and this amusement park was featured in an episode of The Brady Bunch in 1973 titled "The Cincinnati Kids." Two of the original cast members attended the 40th anniversary of the episode's filming in 2013. Far out, man.

Best: Amish people are here

Amish County is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ohio and around the world. For as long as their visit lasts, visitors can catch a glimpse into the culture and enjoy a simpler life. There are plenty of lodging options and festivals, tours, shopping, restaurants, and of course, a thriving cultural scene. So go trotting or galloping over in your horse and buggy.

Let's flip a coin and see the worst of Ohio:

Worst: Cruel weather

Residents complain of extreme weather in all seasons - it is hot and humid with a lot of rain and storms during summertime and brutal winters with lots of snow and howling blizzards. It has also been recorded that tornadoes exist in all months of the year.

Worst: Ohio is home to serial killers

Many people were born in Ohio; we already know that. Several serial killers have hitchhiked to Cincinnati, including Anthony Sowell, Donald Harvey, Gary Heidnik, and the "Cincinnati Strangler" in addition to the "Dr. Nos." If you aren't familiar with self-defense, make sure you brush up beforehand.

Worst: Battleground

Ohio, known as a "battleground" and a "swing" state, is bombarded with political campaign ads around any upcoming election, and it goes either way (Democrat or Republican). Additionally, politicians like to visit residents and entice them to vote for them by buttering them up. But, of course, the locals don't like it, either - they know that their vote has been (presumably) secured, and they won't hear from politicians directly in their hometown again.

Bonus: Fun facts about Ohio

  1. The first ambulance service was in Cincinnati in 1865.
  2. Cleveland boasts America's first traffic light. It began on Aug. 5, 1914.
  3. Ermal Fraze invented the pop-top can in Kettering.
  4. James J. Ritty of Dayton invented the cash register in 1879 to stop his patrons from pilfering house profits.
  5. "Hang On Sloopy" is the official state rock song.
  6. Cincinnati Reds were the first professional baseball team.
  7. The Y Bridge in Zanesville was first built in 1814 to span the confluence of the Licking and Muskingum Rivers. The current bridge is the fifth construction at the exact location. "Ripley's Believe It or Not" proclaimed it the only bridge in the world which you can cross and still be on the same side of the river.
  8. Akron was the first city to use police cars.
  9. Cincinnati had the first professional city fire department.
  10. Akron is the rubber capital of the world.

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