So, you're thinking of moving to Ohio, but you're a few pieces shy of a complete, confident decision. It just so happens that you're in the right place - we've done a good bit of the research for you, and compiled a bit-sized, super-awesome little guide to some of the biggest points of consideration for people contemplating a move to a new state.
Ohio is so cool, it has not one, but four state nicknames: the "Buckeye State" (because of all the buckeye trees that used to line the streets), "Mother of Presidents" (because it's the birthplace of eight different U.S. presidents), "Heart of it All" (kind of because it's somewhat heart-shaped, but mostly for tourism purposes due to its central location between densely populated areas) and the "Birthplace of Aviation" (because the Wright Bros. were born here).
The Buckeye State ranks 10th in the nation for population density, with 850,000 residents currently in the capital, Columbus, alone. The state is also home to a very famous house - from A Christmas Story. Cleveland also houses the most rockin' museum in the country - the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Intrigued yet? Well, there's plenty more where that came from, friend. Read on to discover more tasty tidbits about Ohio to see for yourself if you can envision yourself as an Ohioan (or a "Buckeye", as they're also called), and if it's really earned the nickname, "Heart of it All".
About 36,055 people move to the "Mother of Presidents" every year. The slow growth rate is consistent with that of the Midwest region of the country. Despite this, Ohio still has a pretty impressive population of 11,694,664, according to worldpopulationreview.org. So then, what's the job market like in this place?
For starters, the state's unemployment rate is 4.7%, which has been on a fairly steady decline since 2009, when it was 10.8%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state's minimum wage is $8.30/hour, according to minimum-wage.org.
Some of the fastest-growing job fields, as listed by zippia.com, include occupational therapist, home health aid, physical therapist, statistician, nurse practitioner and operations analyst. The highest-paid positions include anesthesiologist, orthodontist, surgeon, OB/GYN, CEO, psychiatrist and dentist. There's certainly plenty to choose from for those with a love of the medical field.
After moving to a new state, you'll naturally want to find a new place to live (that is, unless you were planning on living in a van down by the river). Considering the somewhat-sluggish growth rate of the state, what exactly could the housing market be like?
Well, zillow.com says that the median home value in Ohio is $130,659, with homes currently listed on the market at an average of $149,900. The median price of homes sold is $133,700, and median rent for a house is $995/month. Home values have also increased 6.4% in the past year.
As far as apartments go, average rent for the state as a whole is just $579/month for a one-bedroom and $757/month for a two-bedroom. You'll pay a bit more in the state's bigger cities, though - Columbus has one-bedrooms going for an average of $885/month, Cleveland for $959/month and Cincinnati for $829/month. Overall, a very affordable state to live in, as far as housing is concerned.
Don't let the slow growth-rate fool you into thinking there's not an abundance of new construction popping up, either - there is, and quite a bit at that. According to zillow.com, the major pattern of new construction flows in a diagonal line upwards across the state from Cincinnati, to Columbus, all the way up to Cleveland. So, no matter which major city starting with a 'C' appeals to you the most, there'll be plenty of new places to choose from.
The origin age of housing, as shown by zillow.com, is mainly from the '50s - most homes still standing were built between 1950-1959. If older homes don't float your boat, stick to that southwest - northeast diagonal line of new construction to find the new home of your dreams.
The people of the Buckeye State claim that they're some of the nicest you'll ever meet, and that they make the friendliest neighbors. In fact, one Ohioan stated on movoto.com that it feels "sort of like Leave it to Beaver, across the whole state". Everyone wants to be your friend, in Ohio.
The world's largest Amish community lives in Ohio - with about 70,000 members. So it's not uncommon to be out and about and see a horse-drawn buggy (or 12). Some of the state's more traditional residents are crazy for all kinds of festivals, including music, art, culture and food. They also order "pop" instead of "soda".
Speaking of food, Ohioans are super passionate about their aptly-named "buckeye" candy - a combination of peanut butter fudge partially dipped in chocolate - resembling actual buckeyes. They're also passionate about Skyline chili (AKA Cincinnati chili) - a combination of meat, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and chocolate overtop of spaghetti noodles topped with cheddar cheese - we can feel the heartburn starting.
The state's capital, Columbus, is said to be a weird/hipster college town. Ohio State University fans are often called crazy and obnoxious - but they are some of the proudest and loyalest fans around.
The Birthplace of Aviation was also the birthplace of the first ever ambulance service, which took place in Cleveland in 1865. In addition, Ohio is the birthplace of the Wendy's restaurant chain and 24 of the country's astronauts, including Neil Armstrong and John Glenn. Ten additional astronauts called Ohio their home at one point in time.
The state has many ancient burial mounds from the Hopewell and Adena civilizations. Those who have seen one-too-many horror movies may have some anxiety after moving here, knowing this. Here's another historical trivia tidbit for you - Ohio was once a major destination of the underground railroad.
We briefly mentioned already that the state has some crazy sports fans - and none are crazier or rowdier than those of the Cleveland Browns'. These fans are so beyond dedicated to their favorite team that they've established a special bleachers section, referred to as the "Dawg Pound", at the Browns' home field for the loudest, most energetic (and often intoxicated) fans of them all. They have calmed down over the years, though - they used to throw all kinds of things - including batteries, eggs and even dog food - at the visiting team.
The Mother of Presidents gave birth to these former US leaders: William Henry Harrison, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William H. Taft and Warren G. Harding. So, a child born here automatically has a much better chance at one day being president than in he/she would if born in your current state, we'd wager.
As if having four different nicknames wasn't enough for Ohio, they are also the only state in the country with a non-rectangular flag. The flag is described as a pennant, and has a "swallowtail" design. It also looks super cool hanging in dorm rooms, or from flagpoles at the houses of those diehard sports fans.
Whether you're a crazed football fan, a hipster college student or a friendly housewife straight out of a '50s sitcom, the Heart of it All has got something for you.
Here just a few of the state's main attractions:
We know that the excitement is mounting and you're more ready than ever to get yourself a new life in Ohio - but, don't take off just yet, Neil Armstrong. Before you pack up and move cross-country, it might be beneficial to peruse a little list of some pros and cons to living in the Mother of the Presidents. Get your pondering expression ready.
Some Buckeye-approved PROs to living there:
Now for the resident-consensus CONs:
We know you came to get the goods regarding all-things Ohio, and don't worry - we're here to deliver. That's why we've compiled a list of a few of the cookiest, gnarliest and downright "...Wha?" laws still in existence, for your enjoyment.
Here are a just few from onlyinyourstate.com:
Well, there you have it, folks - a handy little easy-reference guide of all-things Buckeye State, served up with a side of Cincinnati chili. We won't pretend that it's possible for us to deliver you the complete spectrum of every single thing you'd benefit from contemplating before a big, life-altering, cross-country move (we've got other stuff to do), but we hope that we've given you a nice springboard from which to catapult into the beginnings of a decision pool.
It's over to you, now, to decide if you'd like to start referring to yourself as a "Buckeye", sporting a rebellious, anti-rectagonal flag, rocking out at the coolest museums in the country, screaming on the craziest rollercoasters and trying to explain to your out-of-state friends the origin of all four of your new home's nicknames. We've thoroughly enjoyed ourselves by sharing these tidbits of Ohio trivia with you, and hope that you've had your fill.
Good luck, and may your next destination feel like home.