Is Ohio a good state to live in?
Ohio - We've got corn. Lots of it.
I'm a native Ohio resident. I've lived here most of my life, in fact. Recently I was asked what it's like living in Ohio. This definitely depends on where you live in Ohio. The scenery and atmosphere drastically change depending on where you're located. Climate wise, people not used to the climate in this area would probably unanyamously agree on something; it sucks. Our winters are freezing cold and our summers are blazing hot and humid. We have some truly beautiful scenery. There are many well-preserved parks and nature trails that the public are allowed to walk through and enjoy. Oh yeah, Ohio's big on corn. Really big. We grow lots of it.
Ashland, the city I live in, proclaims itself to be "The World Headquarters of Nice People." I'm not so sure if this statement is accurate. While there are indeed many nice people living in this area, there is also a multitude of rednecks who you get the opportunity to see driving around drunk every night, screaming obscenities and thinking they are the biggest hardasses in the world. Not that I have anything against rednecks. I was raised a complete redneck. I'm just not into the whole being an ignorant racist scene that's so common around here. There are very few jobs around here contaning any heavy technical expertise or further education. It's quite sad. Even sadder is the fact that the only place the youth here have to hang out is the local bowling alley. Which probably explains why people have to worry about kids getting into trouble.
Tourist-wise, we have a few establishments that do bring heavy out-of-state traffic. In the village of Yellow Springs, Ohio is one such attraction. Young's Jersey Dairy, which is an ice cream parlor built on a dairy farm, brings many customers who want to try the ice cream produced by the farm on the same property. Another example, quite possibly the most significant tourist attraction, is Cedar Point. Located in Sandusky, Ohio, Cedar Point brings in a huge amount of visitors. Having some of the tallest and fastest rollercoasters in the world, it's easy to see why.
In Ohio, college football is loved by many. The Ohio State Buckeyes are loved by pretty much everyone. Rivalry between Ohio State University and Michigan State University is strong. Many official OSU merchandise makes demeaning comments towards the color blue, which is Michigan State's primary colors. OSU's colors, on the other hand, being red. Ohio is also home to two NFL teams: The Cleveland Browns and Cincinatti Bengals. Honestly, no one really cares about the Browns. Or the Bengals for that matter. Folks are really big into the Pittsburgh Steelers around here. Including me, so maybe my opinion's slightly biased.
Overall, Ohio's a good place. There are some really good people here, and there are some fun things to do. It can get a little boring though. And if you ever come through here, be prepared to see more corn than you've ever seen in your life.
2008 - Nathan Coors