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US State
NicknameThe Buckeye State; The Mother of Presidents;
Birthplace of Aviation; The Heart of It All
MottoWith God, all things are possible
Official languagesNone. (English, de facto)
DemonymOhioan; Buckeye (colloq.)
Largest citycapital
Largest metro areaGreater Cleveland or
Greater Cincinnati
(see footnote)
Area Ranked34th
Total44825 sq mi 116096 km2
Width220 mi 355 km
Length220 mi 355 km
% water8.7
Pop. Rank7th
Total11,536,504 (2010 census)
Density256.2 /sq mi 98.9 /km2
Highest pointCampbell Hill
1,550 ft 472 m
Mean853 ft 260 m
Lowest pointOhio River
455 ft 139 m
Other information
Admission to UnionMarch 1, 1803 (17th,
declared retroactively on
August 7, 1953)
GovernorJohn Kasich (R)
Lieutenant GovernorMary Taylor (R)
LegislatureGeneral Assembly
Upper houseSenate
Lower houseHouse of Representatives
U.S. SenatorsSherrod Brown (D)
Rob Portman (R)
U.S. House delegation13 Republicans, 5 Democrats
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4

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Ohio c-enaudio=en-us-Ohio.oggoʊˈhaɪ.oʊ is a Midwestern state in the United States. The 34th largest state by area in the U.S.,

it is the 7th‑most populous with nearly 11.5 million residents, containing several major American cities and seven metropolitan areas with populations of 500,000 or more.

The state's capital is Columbus. The Anglicized name "Ohio" comes from the Iroquois word ohi-yo’, meaning "great river". The state, originally partitioned from the Northwest Territory, was admitted to the Union as the 17th state (and the first under the Northwest Ordinance) on March 1, 1803. Although there are conflicting narratives regarding the origin of the nickname, Ohio is historically known as the "Buckeye State" (relating to the Ohio buckeye tree) and Ohioans are also known as "Buckeyes".

The government of Ohio is composed of the executive branch, led by the Governor; the legislative branch, which comprises the Ohio General Assembly; and the judicial branch, which is led by the Supreme Court. Currently, Ohio occupies 18 seats in the United States House of Representatives. Ohio is known for its status as both a swing state and a bellwether in national elections.

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