Ohio Facts for Kids

A Map of the U.S. state Ohio
  • U.S. State: Ohio
  • Abbreviation: OH
  • Joined the USA: March 1st, 1803
  • Located: Midwestern United States
  • Capital City: Columbus, OH
  • Most Populated City: Columbus, OH

37 Ohio Facts for Kids

  1. Ohio is a state in the United States of America.
  2. Ohio is in the midwestern region of the United States.
  3. Ohio became a U.S. state on Tuesday, March 1st, 1803.
  4. Ohio was the 17th state to join the United States.
  5. The U.S. state of Ohio covers 44,825 square miles.
  6. Ohio is the 34th largest state by area in the United States.
  7. In 2019, the population of Ohio was estimated to be 11,690,000 residents by the U.S. Census Bureau.
  8. In 2019, Ohio was the 7th most populated state in the United States.
  9. A person who is from or lives in Ohio is called an Ohioan or a Buckeye.
  10. The capital city of Ohio is Columbus.
  11. The five most populated cities in Ohio are Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo and Akron.
  12. The largest city by population in Ohio is Columbus.
  13. The largest metropolitan areas in Ohio are the Greater Cincinnati area and the Greater Columbus area.
  14. The U.S. state of Ohio has 88 counties.
  15. The most populated county in Ohio is Franklin County with 1,317,000 residents (2019, U.S. Census Bureau).
  16. The largest county by area in Ohio is Ashtabula County with 702 square miles.
  17. The highest elevation point in Ohio is Campbell Hill at 1,549 feet above sea level.
  18. The lowest elevation point in Ohio is the Ohio River at 455 feet above sea level.
  19. The average precipitation (rain and snow) in Ohio is 39.2 inches.
  20. Ohio is the 28th wettest state by precipitation (rain and snow) in the United States.
  21. The average temperature in Ohio is 50.8 °F.
  22. Ohio is the 28th warmest state in the United States.
  23. The warmest temperature ever recorded in Ohio was 113 °F on July 21st, 1934.
  24. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Ohio was -39 °F on February 10th, 1899.
  25. A few natural disasters that can affect Ohio are heat waves, ice storm, lightning and thunderstorms.
  26. Ohio is in one time zone, Eastern Time Zone (ET).
  27. The USPS abbreviation for Ohio is OH.
  28. Ohio is also known as the Buckeye State, the Birthplace of Aviation and the Heart of It All.
  29. The motto of the U.S. state of Ohio is “With God, all things are possible”.
  30. Ohio is named after the Ohio River, which is Seneca for “good river”.
  31. Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio.
  32. Steven Spielberg, a famous movie director and producer was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  33. The official state insect of Ohio is the seven-spot ladybug (Coccinella septempunctata).
  34. The official state bird of Ohio is the cardinal (Cardinalidae).
  35. The official state frog of Ohio is the American bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus).
  36. The official state reptile of Ohio is the black racer (Coluber constrictor).
  37. The official state tree of Ohio is the Ohio buckeye (Aesculus glabra).

Additional Resources on Ohio

  • About Ohio – Discover more about Ohio on the Ohio State Government website.
  • History of Ohio – Learn about the history of the U.S. state of Ohio on the Ohio History Central website.
  • Facts About Ohio – Find more cool facts about Ohio on the 50 States website.
  • Ohio – Wikipedia – Visit the Wikipedia website and view the article on the U.S. state of Ohio.