Ohio is known for the production of fuel cells, rubber, plastics, Swiss cheese, eggs and tomatoes. It is also politically important in presidential elections as a swing state, with a significant number of electoral college votes that can potentially go for either the Republicans or the Democrats.Continue Reading
Ohio has a strong sports tradition, with many well-known professional and collegiate teams. The first professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds, come from Ohio. Other high-profile Ohio teams are the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Cleveland Browns, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Cleveland Indians and the Ohio State Buckeyes college football team. Canton is home to The Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The aerospace and defense industry has a strong presence in Ohio, particularly in Dayton. Biotechnology and health care are other major industries that the state is known for.
The state was home to America's first police cars, traffic lights, ambulance service, fire department and automobile service station.
Seven United States presidents hailed from Ohio: Ulysses S. Grant, William Taft, Rutherford B. Hayes, Benjamin Harrison, James Garfield, Warren G. Harding and William McKinley.
Famous people born in Ohio include Neil Armstrong, Paul Newman, Steven Spielberg, Clark Gable, Annie Oakley and Arsenio Hall.Learn more about The Midwest