Since its admittance to the Union in 1803, Ohio's central geographic location has proved to be a vital link between the Northeast states and the rest of the country's western and southern expanses.
Today, Ohio's largest employment sector remains trade and transportation, followed by health care and education, federal employment, professional and hi-tech services, and manufacturing.
With a strong diversity in its population, a varied economy based on both agriculture and manufacturing, and
a mix of rural and urban populations with affordable housing - Ohio remains the true crossroads of America
Ohio is usually ranked in top 10 lists for largest economies and best business climates of all 50 US states, attracting almost 60 major corporations to take up headquarters within the state — including Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati), Goodyear Tire & Rubber (Akron), AK Steel (West Chester Township), Abercrombie & Fitch (New Albany), and Wendy's (Columbus).
Major cities: Columbus (capital), Cleveland, Akron, Canton,
Population : 11,478,006
White : 85.1%
Black, African American : 11.9%
Hispanic : 2.3%
High school graduates : 83%
Bachelor's degree or higher : 21.1%
Average household income: $43,371
of Living: Sperling's
Best Places - Ohio - Compared to the rest of the country,
Ohio's cost of living is 17.88% lower than the U.S. average.
Personal Income Taxes: Ohio collects income taxes from its residents at 9 rates ranging from 0.587 to 5.925 depending upon income earned and filing status. Ohio residents are required to file taxes using forms IT 1040 or IT 1040EZ by April 15.
& Real Estate Overview : also see Zillow - Ohio Real Estate Home ownership rate : 69.1%
Average home price : $167,100
Average travel time to work : 21.9 minutes
in Ohio - The official State of Ohio portal with guides to home buying,
taxes, vehicle registration, senior resources, health care
& hospitals, schools & child care, weather facts.
to Columbus - Official city guide with links to city
services and utilities, health care and hospitals, business
and tourism information.
Cincinnati USA - Local chamber of commerce portal with facts and information on schools, housing, neighborhoods, business startups, a searchable database of job resources, and free newcomers packet.
to Cleveland Survival Guide - Cleveland Clinic employee
guide, with helpful and comprehensive information for anyone planning a
move to the city with details on local transportation
and city services, travel time from the suburbs, links to
apartment brokers and real estate, contact information for
schools and child care, shopping, tourism, nearby attractions
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