Best and Worst States: Pros and Cons of Living in Ohio

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Several factors are preventing you from making a complete, confident decision about moving to Ohio. It just so happens that you're in the right spot - we've shed some light on what matters most for people considering a move to a new state - we've compiled a little guide for you.

The state of Ohio is incredible. There are not one but four nicknames for the state: 

  • Known as the "Buckeye State" (because of the buckeye trees that lined the streets), 
  • "Mother of Presidents" (because eight U.S. presidents were born there), 
  • "Heart of the South" (heart-shaped, but primarily a tourist destination because of its central location between densely populated areas); and 
  • "Birthplace of Aviation" (the Wright Brothers were born here). 
  • The Buckeye State has the 10th highest population density globally, with 850,000 people currently in Columbus alone. 

It is also home to the famous house from A Christmas Story. Aside from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland is home to the most rocking museum in the country. Are you intrigued yet? It doesn't end there, friend. Make sure you have affordable home insurance no matter where you move to Ohio.

Discover more tasty tidbits about Ohio to determine whether you would consider becoming an Ohioan (or a Buckeye) and whether it truly deserves the nickname, "Heart of it All."

Here are some pros of living in Ohio:

1. Great job market

Every year, about 36,055 people move to the "Mother of Presidents.". As in the Midwest, the economic growth rate was slow. Ohio still has a pretty impressive population of 11,694,664. What's the job market like here? As reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the state's unemployment rate is 4.7%, decreasing from 10.8% in 2009. says that the state's minimum wage is $8.30/hour.

Occupational therapists, home health aides, physical therapists, statisticians, nurse practitioners, and operations analysts are among the fastest-growing job fields. Anesthesiologists, orthodontists, surgeons, O.B./GYNs, CEOs, psychiatrists, and dentists are among the highest-paid positions. If you're interested in the medical field, you have plenty to choose from.

2. Proximity to Major Cities

In the middle of New York and Chicago, Ohio is located. The nickname "Heart of It All" comes from this fact. Despite being smack-dab between two significant metropolises, locals find that pretty cool. There is such a large U.S. population living near them, and yet, they are far away enough from them all to avoid much congestion and anxiety.

Here are some of the cons:

1. Obnoxious sports fans

Ohio sports fans are notorious for being rowdy and downright dangerous, but the Princeton Review even dubbed them the nation's "most obnoxious" group of fans. We don't want someone with a painted face throwing batteries and screaming at us.

2. Harsh Seasons

During the summer, it's hot and humid with heavy rain and storms; during the winter, it's cold and brutal, with blizzards and heavy snowfall. Tornadoes have also been recorded every month of the year. 

Bonus: Here are some fun facts about Ohio which you should not miss!

  1. The American Federation of Labor was founded in Columbus.
  2. Ohio senator John Glenn became the oldest man to venture into outer space.
  3. On February 20, 1962, he was the first American to orbit the earth. In October of 1998, at age 77, he returned to the space program and traveled back into space.
  4. Cleveland is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  5. Ohio is the leading producer of greenhouse and nursery plants.
  6. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is located in Canton.
  7. Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. He was from Wapakoneta.
  8. The Wright Brothers are acknowledged as inventors of the first airplane they were from Dayton.
  9. The popular television sitcom "The Drew Cary Show" is set in Cleveland.
  10. East Liverpool was the beginning point of the United States Public Land Survey. The location was where a rectangular-grid land survey system was established under the Ordinance of 1785. The survey provided for administration and subdivision of land in the Old Northwest Territory. The Ordinance stipulated that all public lands were to be divided into townships six miles square.

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