Interesting and Fun Facts about Ohio:

Ohioans have a lot of state pride and for good reason. The state is home to individuals, attractions, restaurants, and businesses that have gained worldwide attention. It’s time to unveil the best kept secret and share what makes Ohio the best state in America. Below is the longest and continually growing list of interesting and fun facts about Ohio.

 

1. Cedar Point is considered to be the best theme park in the world.


2. Cleveland is home to baseball’s infamous “10 Cent Beer Night” promotion.

3. Newark is home to the Longaberger Company which has its corporate office in the world’s largest basket.

4. A bill was introduced to make the Rascal Flats the official country music group of Ohio.

5. How I Met Your Mother’s “Ted Mosby” is from Shaker Heights, Ohio. The actor that plays Ted, Josh Radnor is from Columbus.

6. Ohio has the only non-rectangular state flag in the United States. 

7. Marion hosts the world’s largest popcorn festival.

8. Marietta was the first settlement in the “Northwest Territory”

9. Xenia is the highest populated city in the U.S. starting with the letter “X”. 

10. Athens is considered to be one of the most haunted cities in the world.

11. Columbus Crew Stadium is the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States.

12. Akron utilized the first police car.  

13. MLB icon, Ken Griffey Jr. grew up in Cincinnati.

14. Ashland is the world headquarters of nice people.

15. The holiday, “Sweetest Day” started in Cleveland. 

16. The comedy, “Tommy Boy” was based in Sandusky. 

17. Ohio was awarded the title, “Chipotle Heaven”.

18. Ohio State Marching Band’s “Script Ohio” is considered to be one of college football’s best tradition.

19. Wendys, Buffalo Wild Wings, Arby’s, Bob Evans, and many more fast foot chains started in Ohio.

20. Ohio is known as the “Mother of Presidents”, home to 8 U.S. presidents.

21. Ohio is the Ice Cream capital of the U.S.

22. The Grand Lake of St. Mary’s was once the world’s largest man-made lake.

23. The comic “Superman” was created in the Cleveland neighborhood of Glenville.

24. The JP Morgan Chase McCoy Center is the 2nd largest “flat” office building behind the Pentagon.

25. The first concrete paved road in the U.S. was in Bellefontaine. 

26. The film, “Shawshank Redemption” filmed most of its scenes in Ohio.

27. Golf’s 2013 President’s Cup was hosted at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin.

28. Guitar legend, Eric Clapton, has a home in Columbus.

29. Oberlin College is one of the most progressive universities. It was the first to regularly admit women and African Americans.

30. The Reds minor league affiliate, Dayton Dragons, holds the record for the most consecutive sell-out games.

31. 50% of the U.S. population is within 500 miles of Columbus. 

32. Cincinnati’s Oktoberfest is the most attended Oktoberfest in the United States. 

33. Skyline Chili, enough said…

34. The Zanesville Y-Bridge is the only bridge you can go over and be on the same side of the river that you started on.

35. Ian Hunter (later covered by the Presidents of the United States of America) wrote a song called “Cleveland Rocks”.

36. Ohio has the largest university system in the United States.

37. Johnny Appleseed planted many of his apple trees in Ohio.

38. Steubenville has its own style of pizza. 

39. Rio Grande’s, Bevo Francis has the NCAA college basketball record for highest points per game.

40. The Ohio State Fair is nationally recognized as one of the best state fairs.

41. The Portsmouth Spartans (today’s Detroit Lions) were one of the NFL’s founding teams and also played in the first playoff game. 

42. Frankfort hosts the International Sunflower Festival.

43. The inventors of the airplane, Wilbur and Orville Wright, grew up in Dayton.

44. The family, sports comedy “The Little Giants” is based in an Ohio town.

45. The Columbus Zoo is a perennial contender for the best zoo in the country.

46. Perrysburg is one of two cities to be platted by the U.S. federal government.

47. Numerous NFL Hall of Famers played high school football in Ohio.

48. The Ohio State Buckeyes have one of the most prestigious programs in college football.

49. Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island is home to the world’s longest bar and world’s longest swim-up bar.

50. The first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong, is from Wapakoneta.

51. New Bremen is home to the world record for the largest pumpkin pie.

52. The Ohio State and Michigan rivalry is one of the greatest in sports. 

53. The Newport Music Hall in Columbus is the longest running rock and roll venue.

54. Ohio has a barn in each county with a unique bicentennial design.

55. Columbus and Ohio State’s Archie Griffin is the only college football player to win the Heisman Trophy twice.

56. Cleveland and Ohio State’s Troy Smith holds the record for the highest percentage of first place Heisman votes.

57. Ohio State is tied for the school with the most Heisman trophies (7). 

58. Harry M. Stevens of Niles is credited for the invention of the hot dog.

59. Jesse Owens, one of the greatest Olympians, is from Cleveland.

60. The inventor of the modern day light bulb, vacuum cleaner, the traffic light, and many more inventions are from Ohio.

61. Cincinnati is home to the first professional fire department in the United States.

62. Commercial Hospital in Cincinnati was the first to offer ambulance services to civilians.

63. The Fox hit show, “Glee” is based in Lima.

64. The first NFL game was between the Columbus Panhandles and the Dayton Triangles.

65. The world’s largest cuckoo clock is located in Sugarcreek.

66. Ohio is the ultimate “swing state” in presidential elections.

67. The Klondike Bar was first produced in Mansfield.

68. The first junior high school in America was in Columbus.

69. The ABC Family sitcom “Greek” is based on Ohio.

70. Some of the greatest baseball players of all time like Cy Young, Pete Rose, and Ken Griffey Jr. were from Ohio.

71. The NFL Footballs are produced in Ada.

72. Akron was once considered to be the “Rubber Capital of the World”

73. Ohio is the leading producer of  Swiss cheese. 

74. In November 2013, 3 Ohio Colleges (Ohio State, Ohio Dominican, and Mount Union) held the current longest win streak in their respective NCAA Football Divisions.

75. Avon hosts the world’s largest duct tape festival.

76. The Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus is the largest multi-sport competition in the world.

77. Ohio University was the first college in the Northwest Territory.

78. Celina is home to the world’s largest amphicar gathering.

79. The greatest golfer of all-time, Jack Nicklaus, is from Columbus.

80. The Cincinnati Red Stockings were the first professional baseball team.

81. Dayton’s “Mikesells” is the longest running potato chip company.

82. The Twinsburg Twins Days, is the largest gathering of twins in the world.

83. Cleveland is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

84. The Moondog Coronation Ball in Cleveland was the first major rock concert.

85. Ohio is considered to be the heart of the Underground Railroad.

86. Buckeye chocolates are from Ohio.

87. Delaware’s “Little Brown Jug” is one leg of harness racing’s triple crown.

88. Columbus is home to the world’s largest meatball.

89. The Drew Carey Show is based in Cleveland.

90. Ohio has the largest Amish community.

91. The Billy Ireland Comic Museum at Ohio State has the largest collection of comics and cartoon art in the world.

92. The Maumee Bay region hosts “the Biggest Week in American Birding”, a festival for the best bird watching in North America.

93. Akron is home to the All-America Soap Box Derby Championship.

94. Findlay has been declared “Flag City, USA.”

95. Adams County is home to the Great Serpent Mound, the largest effigy mound in the world.

96. Dublin is home to the prestigious Memorial Golf Tournament.

97. Reynoldsburg is the birthplace of the modern day tomato. 

98. Ohio is home to some of the NBA’s greatest like Lebron James, Nate Thurmond, John Havlicek, and many more.

99. Logan is home to the only operating washboard manufacturer in the United States as well as the world’s largest washboard.

100. The Bosnian War peace conference was held in Dayton. The treaty that ended the conflict is called “the Dayton Agreement”.

101. The children’s comic series “Captain Underpants” is based in Piqua.

102. Newark’s own Jerrie Mock was the first woman to fly solo around the world.

103. Toledo Blue Stockings’ Moses Fleetwood Walker was the first African American in professional baseball.

104. The Hulk was born in Dayton.

105. The “Point of Beginning” of the Public Land Survey System is in East Liverpool, Ohio.

106. The New Albany Walking Classic is the largest walk-only race in the United States.

107. Canton is home to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

108. The Dublin Irish Festival is one of the largest Celtic celebrations in the United States.

109. Akron is home to the National Hamburger Festival.

110. Port Clinton is considered the Walleye Capital of the World.

111. Dublin is home to “Cornhenge”, the largest human-sized field of corn in the world.

112. Cleveland is home to the first electric traffic signal.

113. Canton, Columbus, and Dayton were all once home to the NFL Headquarters.

114. The Cleveland Browns played in the first Monday Night Football game.

115. Cincinnati’s John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge was once the longest suspension bridge in the world and was the prototype for the Brooklyn Bridge.

116. Springfield is the birthplace of 4-H.

117. Nickelodeon’s “Clarissa Explains it All” takes place in Ohio.

118. Lancaster is home to the designer of the current 50-star American flag.

119. The Circleville Pumpkin Show is one of the nation’s largest pumpkin-themed festivals.

120. The Cleveland Browns have the largest organized fan base in the NFL.

121. Perrysburg’s Fort Meigs is the largest reconstructed wood-walled fort.

122. The Athens’ Ohio Halloween Party is the third largest block party in the United States.

123. Boston Brewing Company’s “Samuel Adams” is brewed in Cincinnati.


124. Scrubs’ star “J.D.” is from Trotwood.

125. Dum Dums lollipops are produced in Bryan, Ohio.

126. The Toy Story films are based in Chagrin Falls.

127. Jackson is home to one of only five gold refineries in the United States.

128. Fremont’s Charles Woodson is the only defensive Heisman Trophy winner.

129. Ohio has more Heisman Trophy winners than any state except California.

130. The namesake of the Heisman Trophy, John Heisman, is from Cleveland. 

131. Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron in 1935.

132. Ashtabula is home to the longest covered bridge in the United States.

133. Cincinnati is considered the Cornhole Capital of the World.

134. The Broadway Musical, “Bye Bye Birdie” is based in Ohio.

135. Warner Bros. Entertainment started in Youngstown.

136. Columbus is home to the oldest African American owned business, the E.E. Moving & Storage Co.

137. The Cuyahoga River is the only known river to catch on fire. The river fires resulted in the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency. 

138. The Jeep brand started and is still headquartered in Toledo.

139. Ohio was once the wine capital of the U.S. and is still the leading producer in the Midwest.

140. Warren is home to the world’s largest drumsticks in honor of former resident and rockstar, Dave Grohl.

141. American icon and sharpshooter, Annie Oakley, was born and raised in Darke County, Ohio.

142. Bexley is the only city in the United States to obtain arboretum status. 

143. Ohio is the only state to ever have 4 schools in NCAA March Madness’ “Sweet Sixteen”. They also hold the record for the longest streak of having a school advance to the Sweet Sixteen.

144. Gallia County hosts the nation’s longest running Emancipation Proclamation celebration. 

145. Cincinnati is home to Kroger Co., the largest supermarket chain in the United States.

146. Outside of Florida, manatees can only be seen within Ohio.

147. Hamilton is home to the best tap water in the world.

148. Columbus’ Berliner Sports Park is the largest softball complex in the United 

149. John D. Rockefeller, the world’s first billionaire, generous philanthropist, and richest person in history, was proud to call Cleveland home.


150. Columbus is the test market capital of the United States.

151. One of the most famous sea monsters, Bessie, is proud to call Ohio’s shore of Lake Erie home,

152. Civil War General, William T. Sherman is from Lancaster.

153. The Ohio State School for the Blind has the only blind marching band in the world.

154. The Banana Split was invented in Wilmington, Ohio.

155. The Prohibition movement started in Central Ohio.

156. The 2012 film, the Avengers, was filmed in Cleveland.

157. Columbus’ ComFest is the largest independent, volunteer-run festival in the United States.

158. Newark’s Johnny Clem is the youngest non-commissioned officer in the history of the United States Army.

159. Xenia is the bicycle capital of the Midwest.

160. The Ohio State University is home to the Accounting Hall of Fame.

161. The Yo-Yo was patented by two Cincinnati residents in 1866.

162. Athens County is considered the “Pawpaw Capital of the World”.

163. Alliance’s Mount Union College was the first university to offer summer school.

164. In 2015, Columbus hosted the Gay Softball World Series, the largest annual gay sporting event in the world.

165. The iconic child’s toy, “Play-doh” was invented in Cincinnati in the 1930′s.

166. The Ohio History Center in Columbus hosts “the Ohio Cup”, the largest gathering of vintage baseball clubs in the country.

167. Ohio City resident, John W. Lambert built the first gasoline powered car in America. 

168. Several famous football sportscasters such as Cris Collinsworth, Dan Patrick, Jon Gruden are from Ohio.

169. Ohio is the only state in America to have an official rock song.

170. The ice cream bar was invented in Youngstown.

171. The only football players to be carried off Notre Dame’s football field are Rudy and Ohioan, Marc Edwards.

172. Scary movies set in Ohio include “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, “Silence of the Lambs”, “Dahmer”, and “Trick ‘r Treat”.

173. Goosebumps author, R.L. Stine, is from Bexley, Ohio.

174. There are more current players in the N.F.L. from Glenville High School than any other public school in the nation.

175. The barcode was first used in Troy.

176. Akron is considered the best city in the United States to celebrate Thanksgiving.

177. Bellefontaine is home to the world’s shortest street.

178. The iconic holiday movie, “A Christmas Story”, was filmed in Cleveland.

179. Many of our NASA astronauts are proud to call Ohio home. Some of them have accomplishments that are “out of this world”.

180. Columbus’ Topiary Park is the only topiary representation of a painting in the world.

181. Cincinnati’s “Gibson Greetings, inc.” is the oldest greeting card company in the United States.

182. Food icon, Chef Boyardee is not only a real chef, but an Ohioan.

183. Coaches graduating from the University of Dayton have won 5 Super Bowl titles which is more than any other university.

184. At the 1924 Paris games, Ohioan, William “Dehart” Hubbard became the first African American gold medalist in an individual event in the Olympics.

185. Columbus is home to the first indoor and outdoor concert venue in the United States.

186. The “Ohio Clock” is the most famous decorative piece in the Senate Chamber and was used to celebrate the first daylight saving time.

187. The classic “Major League” film series is based on the Cleveland Indians franchise.

188. The modern golf ball was invented in Akron.

189. The world’s largest indoor train display is located in West Chester, Ohio.

190. Smucker’s jelly was founded in Orrville.

191. Toledo is nicknamed the “Glass City” and the “Glass Capital of the World”.

192. Kelleys Island, Ohio is home to the largest easily accessible glacial grooves in the world.

193. Bowling Green is home to the National Tractor Pulling Championships.

194. The All American Quarter Horse Congress is the largest single breed-horse show in the world and is held in Columbus.