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Ohio Education and State Information

Aug 05, 2020

Information About Ohio

As of 2019, Ohio's population was estimated at just over 81 percent white and about 13 percent black or African American, based on U.S. Census Bureau figures. Most of the population lives in the metro areas of Columbus (the state capital), Cleveland, Akron, Cincinnati and Dayton.

Ohio summers can be humid and hot, especially toward the southern end of the state. The Lake Erie shore area tends to experience cooler summer temperatures, but in winter, this region can be subject to harsh winds and sudden snowstorms.

Top attractions in Ohio include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park and Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky. The state also has several professional sports teams, including the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals, the Columbus Blue Jackets and Crew, and the Cleveland Indians, Browns and Cavaliers.

Education in Ohio

In 2020, U.S. News & World Report ranked Case Western Reserve in Cleveland the 40th best university in the country. Ohio State University in Columbus, the nation's third largest university campus based on student enrollment, ranked 54th, while Miami University - Oxford ranked 91st.

Additionally, Ohio had four schools recognized among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the U.S. They are: Kenyon College in Gambier (27th), Oberlin College (33rd), Denison University in Granville (43rd), and the College of Wooster (66th).

The state also is home to several of the 25 best regional colleges and universities in the Midwest, as rated by U.S. News, including Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, John Carroll University in University Heights, Otterbein University in Westerville, Franciscan University in Steubenville and Xavier University in Cincinnati.

There are more than 70 nonprofit 2-year schools in Ohio as well. The largest among them are Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Columbus State Community College in Columbus and Sinclair Community College in Dayton.

Economy of Ohio

Trade, transportation and utilities is the largest employment sector in Ohio, followed by health care and education, government and manufacturing. As of 2020, the state's top five employers were Kroger, Macy's, Watson's, P&G and National Machinery. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company also employs 64,000 Ohio residents.

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