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Interesting Facts about Ohio

Updated on January 27, 2013

Historically, Akron Ohio used to be the rubber capital of the world where General Tire, Goodrich, Firestone, and Goodyear all had headquarters there. But many of them are not there anymore.

Ohio is noted for quite a few firsts. It had the first hospital-based ambulance service (in Cincinnati and the first traffic signal system (on the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland). This signal had only a red and green -- no yellow light. I wonder if ambulances are able to run red lights back then.

Speaking of Cleveland...

By the way, Cleveland is the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The sit-com, The Drew Cary Show was set in Cleveland. It is also where NASA Glenn Research Center is located.

It has the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Public Theatre, and Cleveland Orchestra Community Concerts. All of which has certain free days or events. Check out free things to do in northeast Ohio.

Of course, there is also the Cleveland Public Library which has free admission whenever it is opened. And when you are inside, you get free WiFi as well. So that you can open up your laptop and read articles on HubPages of course.

Cleveland is right next to Lake Erie -- and a beautiful lake it is. It is free to enjoy the lake.

Columbus -- Capital of Ohio

Nope, Cleveland is not the capital of Ohio -- Columbus is. Columbus is the largest city in Ohio.

Columbus Ohio is situated in near the middle of the state. In fact, 50% of the US population is within a 500 mile radius of Columbus. [reference]

In 2012, Businessweek puts Columbus as among the top 50 best cities in America.

Columbus is the location of Ohio State University. With 56,000 students enrolling in the Fall 2012 quarter, Ohio State is the third largest public university by enrollment. [reference]

Who were born in Ohio?

Of the 50 United States, Ohio is 7th most populous state and is the 10th most densely populated. Many of its 11.5 million residents was born in Ohio. But many were not.

But it is known that so far seven U.S. Presidents were born in Ohio. They were ...

  • Ulysses S. Grant born April 27, 1822 in Point Pleasant, Ohio.
  • Rutherford B. Hayes born October 4, 1822 in Delaware, Ohio.
  • James A. Garfield born November 19, 1831 in Moreland Hills, Ohio.
  • Benjamin Harrison born August 20, 1833 in North Bend, Ohio.
  • William McKinley born January 29, 1843 in Niles, Ohio.
  • William Howard Taft born September 15, 1857 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Warren G. Harding born November 2, 1865 in Blooming Grove, Ohio.

Some other people who were born in Ohio that you might have heard of are ...

  • Steven Spielberg born December 18, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Paul Newman born January 26, 1925 in Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • Clark Gable born February 1, 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio
  • Arsenio Hall born February 12, 1956 in Cleveland, Ohio

Delaware, Ohio?

There is a city in Ohio named Delaware. There also happens to be a state named Delaware. Funny, huh?

Apparently, three other states did that. Besides a Delaware in Ohio, there is a

  • Delaware city in Iowa
  • Delaware city in Arkansas
  • Delaware city in Oklahoma

There is not a Delaware city in Pennsylvania. But Pennsylvania does have a Delaware county.

Technically, there is not a Delaware city in New York. But New York also has a Delaware county. New York also has a town name Delaware. Towns are smaller than cities. Delaware, New York only has a population of 2,670 (as of Census 2010). Nope, the Delaware town in New York is not within the Delaware county in New York. The Delaware town in New York is in Sullivan County, New York.

Why are we talking about New York? Okay back to Ohio.

Oh, I guess that's all I have for Ohio.


Article written January 2013 and facts may only be relevant at the time of writing.


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      BlissfulWriter 5 years ago

      Thanks for voting up.

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Cool hub! I have to say what I know about Ohio is mostly what I hear during elections or sometimes what people would say about the Drew Carey Show.

      I think it's very interesting that half of the population of the US lives within a 500 mile radius of Columbus. As big as this country is, you'd think we'd be more spread out by now.

      Voted up, interesting, and shared!

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      BlissfulWriter 5 years ago

      Thanks. I'm trying to do one of these hub for each state.

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      Cindy Pierre 5 years ago from Nevada

      Loved this hub, had to share it with everyone I know! If you want some really interesting information on Cleveland, look up Bombtown USA, Danny Greene and/or Kill The Irishman. I grew up when all that was happening. My husband always kids me that the Amoeba started in Ohio because I constantly point stuff like this out to him. Great job.