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|Low State Taxes Ranking: 30Low Cost of Living Ranking: 15
State Economy Ranking: 31
|Average Temperatures (Columbus):
The Short of It
What food best represents Ohio?
- I grew up in NW Ohio, where the answer would be shredded chicken sandwiches (Best. Thing. Ever.). Now I live in NE Ohio (Cleveland), where the answer would be corned beef. 1
- Skyline Chili 2
- Cincinnati Chili 3
What song best represents Ohio?
- Ohio (Come Back to Texas) – Bowling for Soup / This City – Patrick Stump 1
- Hang on Sloopy – The McCoys 4
How does OH refer to a carbonated beverage drink?
- Pop 1, 2, 4
- Depends on which part you’re in 3
If you could take a friend to one place in OH, where would it be?
- Cedar Point 1
- Reds Stadium 2
- The southeast state parks 3
- Old Man’s Cave 4
Old Man’s Cave (photo by VasenkaPhotography)
The Long of It
Biggest misconception about OH?
- The biggest misconception is that it is boring and rural. 2
- There’s nothing worthwhile in Ohio. 3
Best aspect about living in OH?
- First: I’m here. Haha, but actually I will be moving out of the state for the first time this summer. Moving to Portland for a change of scenery :). Second: No natural disasters. The worst we EVER get is a tornado and I haven’t seen a single one in my almost 24 years in Ohio. Third: Our votes really matter in elections. Ohio very much has the ability to decide who wins and who loses. Fourth: Cedar Point. Fifth: Cleveland specifically has awesome food. There are a lot of great restaurants here. 1
- There are so many things to do. Tons of parks and restaurants, interesting points of interest. It’s also super beautiful during the spring, summer, and fall seasons (but I’ll admit, winters can be rough!). 2
- Beautiful open areas. Very diverse- lots of cities with distinct characters, as well as great rural areas. 3
- The lake! It’s nice to have the Great Lakes so close — so much to do out there! 4
Worst aspect about living in OH?
- The weather. The saying goes, “If you don’t like the weather in Ohio, wait five minutes.” Our weather has serious multiple personality issues. To sum it up: Bitterly cold in winter, really effing hot in summer. We get like 3 days each of nice fall and spring days. 1
- The weather. It gets a little bipolar. 70 degrees one day, 30 degrees and snowing the next. It gets rough on the sinuses and allergies. 2
- Fairly conservative, politically and religiously. 3
- THE WEATHER. Extreme and inconsistent. And the summer breeds construction. Everywhere! 4
Summarize your feelings about Ohio in five words.
- Safe but kinda boring. Cows. 1
- I’m proud to be Ohioan! 2
- Not my forever place. 3
Our Freaking Take
It seems like every time I meet someone whom I can’t immediately get a sense of where they’re from, turns out they’re Ohioans. Hopefully that’s not taken as a knock. It is the 7th most populous state, after all. And most Ohioans I’ve met are nice, laid back folk. Other than that, I really don’t have much more experience with the state. We drove through the state on our cross-country move and the roads were in awful shape. They also charged us an arm and leg in tolls. Honestly, I don’t think there’s a huge draw for us to Ohio. Rarely, do the Ohioans I speak with rave about home. The weather seems blah. I’ve never liked any of the sports teams (which is a major consideration — kidding). I’m probably not giving the state a fair shake, but for now, I think Ohio’s one state we’ll pass on… cue angry Ohioan comments from every corner of the Internet.
How did these answers line up with your perception of Ohio? Have your thoughts on the state changed after reading this? Could you see it fitting your forever-place bill?