Moving to Ohio

Ohio has a population of more than 11.5 million people. More than 850,000 people reside in the state’s largest city, Columbus.
The name “Ohio” originated from an Iroquois word meaning “great river”, which was a reference to the mighty Ohio River located in the southern part of the state.
The state is considered somewhat of a political bellwether and incredibly, eight US presidents have been from Ohio: Harrison (William Henry), Grant, Hayes, Garfield, Harrison (Benjamin), McKinley, Taft, and Harding.
While the state is largely rural, it is also a major hub of transport for industry and trade.
If you are planning a move to Ohio, you will find it is a friendly state with many natural attractions, great schools, many opportunities for recreational and cultural activities.

Geography & Climate

Ohio’s north border is defined by Lake Erie which extends 312 miles and allows for many cargo ports. The state’s southern border is defined by the Ohio River. To the east Ohio is bordered by Pennsylvania, and to the west by Indiana.
Ohio is mostly flat, low lying land with the exception of the Allegheny Plateau. This area is characterized by rugged hills and forests.
Large rivers located in the state include the Scioto River, the Cuyahoga River, the Great Miami River, the Maumee River, and the Muskingum River.
If you are moving to Ohio, expect summers to be hot and humid. Winters are typically cool to cold and precipitation is moderate year-round. Severe weather, and even tornados, are not uncommon in Ohio.

Community & Lifestyle

Ohio locals are known to be as friendly as you’d expect in the Midwest and tend to greet visitors with warmth and hospitality.
Young families are attracted to the state’s many family-friendly towns. Towns that are considered among the best to raise a family include Dover, Mason, Salon, and Wickliffe.
Dover is known as a safe city with a family-friendly community and a rich history. Mason is centrally located and has a high ranking school system and many parks. Salon is noted for its growing community due in part because of its many high-quality, high-paying jobs. Wickliffe is an area with low crime, low unemployment and top performing schools.
Ohio is also home to some notable higher educational institutions including Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, Oberlin College, and Kenyon College.
Museums, galleries, and theaters are found throughout the state. Outdoor recreation options are also plentiful, particularly hiking, camping, fishing, swimming and boating. There are 70 state parks, 4 national parks, and many historic sites and monuments to explore.
Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus are the major cities for top entertainment and each has a thriving nightlife scene.
If you are moving to Ohio, consider hiring professional movers. Read reviews and research your local moving services to find one that is highly recommended. Top quality moving companies will provide you with a free estimate. Be sure to collect your moving boxes early to give yourself plenty of time to pack. You may also consider making a moving checklist to track and organize all the details of your move.

Jobs & Local Economy

The unemployment rate in Ohio is 5% which is higher than the national average of 4.4% (June 2017).
Ohio is the nation’s largest producer of plastics, rubber, fabricated metals, appliances and electrical equipment. Manufacturing is a significant driver of the state’s economy.
Agriculture also plays a significant role in the state’s economy, employing one in seven residents either directly or indirectly and producing more Swiss Cheese than any other state in the nation. Ohio also ranks second in national egg production and third in tomato production. Other major crops include soybeans and corn.
Ohio links the Northeast to the Midwest and is an important cargo port. The industry that employs the most people in the state is the trade/transportation/utilities sector.
The top employers in the state include Cleveland Clinic Health System, Kroger, and Ohio State University.
The overall cost of living in Ohio is lower than the national average.


Moving to Ohio also means you get to enjoy these nearby attractions:

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Based on the sands of Lake Erie in Cleveland, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame celebrates the history and legends of rock and roll by honoring inductees into the Hall of Fame to be recognized for their achievements. The museum houses a collection of displays including a “Roots of Rock and Roll” exhibit and an exhibit honoring the cities who played a big role in the history of rock and roll. The Ahmet M. Ertegun Exhibition Hall offers two theaters for visitors to view movies about the rock and roll era. Patrons can also experience several hands-on exhibits and enjoy live music too.

Cedar Point

One of Ohio’s most popular attractions, this 364-acre amusement park, perched on a cape in Lake Erie, has earned the slogan “Roller Coaster Capital of the World.” Visitors can choose from 16 different roller coaster rides, including Cedar Point’s newest dive coaster, the Valravn. The Giant Frisbee Ride, a Swinging Pirate Ship, and the Sling Shot are only a few of the thrilling rides the brave can experience. The park’s 71 different rides include water slides and many family-friendly, age-specific rides so there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Camping and lodging are also available.

Hocking Hills State Park

With acres and acres of breathtaking beauty to be explored, Hocking Hills State Park, located in Logan, is one of Ohio’s most beautiful natural attractions. Millions of visitors are beckoned here each year by its dramatic waterfalls, its enchanting caves and its beautiful gorges. There are numerous trails to hike, bike and horseback ride, as well as challenging gorges to climb. Guests have lakes to swim, birds to discover and caves to explore. Park patrons can fish at Rose Lake and swim at Lake Logan. With so much to experience and so much to see, the park offers a variety of camping sites and lodges for longer term visitors.

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