Ohio Fun Facts

*Ohio ranks seventh among the 50 states in population. *Ohio has an area of 116,103 sq miles. *It ranks 34th in state size. *Columbus is the state capital and Ohio's largest city. *50% of the United States population lives within a 500 mile radius of Columbus. *Ohio contains 88 counties. *There are 277.3 persons per square mile. *83 percent of the population are high school graduates. *21.1 percent have earned a bachelor's degree. *22 minutes is the average travel time to work for commuters in the Buckeye State. *The were about 80,000 farms in the state in 2001.
Ohio State Flag: The flag of Ohio was adopted in 1902 and is the only pennant shaped flag to be used by any state. The flag was designed by John Eisemann in 1901. Ohio was participating in the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, and desired a flag to fly over the Ohio Building at the fair. The flag contains many symbols, and represents the following:
  • The triangles formed by the main lines of the flag stand for the hills and valleys of Ohio
  • The strips stand for the roads and waterways of Ohio
  • The stars - grouped around the white circle represent the 13 original states and the four additional stars indicate that Ohio was the 17th state
  • The white circle - the first letter of Ohio
  • The red center - the northwest territory.
The Great Seal of Ohio: Ohio's Great Seal was designed in 1803. The sun rising over Mount Logan (near Chillicothe) represents the fact that Ohio was the first state west of the Allegheny Mountains. The group of 17 arrows stands for Ohio being the seventeenth state to be admitted into the Union. The sheaf of wheat stands for the agricultural wealth of Ohio.
The Symbols of Ohio:



Do You Know

Columbus is the third capital of Ohio. The first was Chillicothe, the second was Zanesville. Columbus was selected as the third, and final, capital in 1817.

Ohio is considered the "mother of Presidents". Eight U.S. Presidents have come from Ohio:

William Henry Harrison (9th)Ulysses S. Grant (18th)
Rutherford B. Hayes (19th)James A. Garfield (20th)
Benjamin Harrison (23rd)William McKinley (25th)
William Howard Taft (27th)Warren G. Harding (29th)


Flight and light were originated by Ohioans: the airplane by Wilbur and Orville Wright; and the electric light by Thomas A. Edison.

Daniel Beard organized a group from which grew the Boy Scouts of America.

A. B. Graham originated the 4-H Clubs.

The first major league professional baseball team was organized in Ohio in 1866 - The Cincinnati Reds.