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Welcome to Ohio and a brief overview of The Buckeye State.

Located south of Lake Erie in the 48 "conterminous" states, Ohio is the easternmost of the Midwestern States. It's bordered on the north by Michigan and Lake Erie and on the south by Kentucky and West Virginia. Ohio is bordered on the east by Pennsylvania and the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia.

Its southern border is formed by the Ohio River as it winds its way to the Mississippi River.

Ohio among the states

  • Statehood: March 1, 1803 (17th state)
  • Abbreviation: O. (traditional), OH (postal)
  • Capital: Columbus.
  • Size: 41,330 square miles, includes inland water (35th)
  • Coastline: None.
  • Motto: With God, all things are possible.
  • State bird: Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) adopted 1933.
  • State flower: Scarlet carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus) adopted 1904.
  • State song:
    • "Beautiful Ohio", words by Ballard MacDonald, music by Mary Earl, special lyrics by Wilbert B. McBride, adopted 1969.
    • "Hang on Sloopy", words and music by Bert Berns and Wes Farrell, adopted 1985.
  • State tree: Ohio buckeye (Aesculus glabra) adopted 1953.


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