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About the state of Ohio - Ohio is a Midwestern state in the northeast of the ohioAbout NebraskaUnited States. It was the first and eastern-most state in the Midwest admitted to the Union under the Northwest Ordinance. Its U.S. postal abbreviation is OH; its old-style abbreviation is O. Ohio is an Iroquois word meaning "great water." The name refers to the Ohio River that forms its southern border.

Ohio's capital is Columbus, located close to the center of the state.

Living in Ohio

Ohio's geographic location has proved to be an asset for economic growth and expansion. Because Ohio straddles the Northeast to the east, and the Midwest to the west, much cargo and business traffic passes through its borders on its well-developed highways. Ohio has the nation's 10th largest highway network, and is within a one-day drive of 50% of North America's population and 70% of North America's manufacturing capacity.To the North, Lake Erie gives Ohio 312 miles of coastline, which allows for numerous seaports. Ohio's southern border is defined by the Ohio River (with the border being at the 1793 low-water mark on the north side of the river), and much of the northern border is defined by Lake Erie. It borders Pennsylvania on the east, Michigan in the northwest near Toledo, Ontario, Canada across Lake Erie to the north, Indiana to the west, Kentucky on the south, and West Virginia on the southeast.

People of Ohio - Ohio's population has an estimated 11,542,645 people. This includes about 390,000 foreign-born (3.4%).

The racial makeup of the state is:

  • 85.0% White
  • 11.5% Black
  • 1.9% Hispanic
  • 1.2% Asian
  • 0.2% Native American
  • 1.4% Mixed rac
  • The 5 largest ancestry groups in Ohio are German (25.2%), Irish (12.7%), African American (11.5%), English (9.2%), American (8.5%).

German is the largest reported ancestry in most of the counties in Ohio, especially in the northwest. Ohioans of American and British ancestry are present throughout the state as well, particularly in the south-central part of the state. The cities of Cleveland and Cincinnati are heavily black.

6.6% of Ohio's population were reported as under 5, 25.4% under 18, and 13.3% were 65 or older. Females made up approximately 51.4% of the population.


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