Ohio Education and State Information

With an estimated population of nearly 11.6 million as of 2015, Ohio is the seventh largest state in terms of population. It has nearly 200 nonprofit colleges and universities, including several nationally ranked schools.

Information About Ohio

As of 2014, Ohio's population was estimated at just over 83 percent white and nearly 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 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked Case Western Reserve in Cleveland the 37th best university in the country. Ohio State University in Columbus, the nation's third largest university campus based on student enrollment, ranked 52nd, while Miami University - Oxford ranked 82nd.

Additionally, Ohio had four schools recognized among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the U.S. They are: Oberlin College (23rd), Kenyon College in Gambier (25th), Denison University in Granville (55th), and the College of Wooster (61st).

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 2015, the state's top five employers were Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the Cleveland Clinic Health System, Kroger Co., Mercy Health and Ohio State University. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton also employs more than 27,000 Ohio residents.

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