Known as the Buckeye State, Ohio, in America's Mid West, is the destination for many British people undertaking removals to USA. The state has more than 11.5 million residents, making it the seventh largest in America in terms of population. It's believed that around 16,000 British expats have made their home there, but what can you expect when you arrive?
One reason for relocating to Ohio is that the state has a good reputation for providing an environment which helps business to thrive. Another is that it has a highly varied economy and many major international organisations are based there, helping to create a wide range of employment opportunities. Here, we will look at some of the features of the state which you can expect to discover if you move your household or business across the Atlantic and set up home in Ohio.
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Removals to Ohio, USA: Living in Ohio
The state takes its name from a Native American word meaning "great waterway", which is very appropriate as its southern border is marked by the famous Ohio River. It has warm, humid summers, with a maximum of about 30 degrees Celsius, and the winters can be quite cold, going down to -7 degrees. The fact that Ohio is in a key spot geographically, linking the Mid West with the Northeast, has helped its economy over the centuries and led to it being an important state in terms of trade and industry.
It is thought that nomadic people lived in the region many thousands of years ago. They were followed later by number of Native American tribes, with French explorers first arriving there in the 17th century. Control passed from the French to the British after wars in the 18th century, and in 1787 the area which is now Ohio was handed over to the United States, as part of the Northwest Territory. It later achieved statehood in 1803.
Before the 19th century, Ohio was mainly an agricultural state. However, it became increasingly known for its manufacturing industry, and by the 1850s it was one of the USA's leading producers of iron and steel. It continued to be an industrial powerhouse right up to the later 20th century, when heavy industries saw a decline.
More recently the state has reinvented itself as a centre of science and more modern industries, and it is now the biggest American manufacturer of both plastics and rubber. Many other industries, from banking to tourism and food processing, also make an important contribution to the Ohio economy.
Removals to Ohio, USA: Places to Visit
Numbers of tourists visiting Ohio have been soaring in the last few years, with around 180 million people visiting annually. So what are the main attractions for both tourists and expats moving house to USA to see here? One of the most famous landmarks is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in Cleveland, an impressive futuristic building housing a museum full of interactive exhibits. Many special displays and events are staged here, spotlighting stars ranging from the 1950s and 60s right up to the present day.
Another unique piece of history is the Wright Brothers National Memorial, in Dayton, on the field where legendary flight pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright built their first aircraft. You can also visit Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, which is dedicated to the brothers, together with African-American poet Paul Dunbar. Here, you can see a host of historic buildings, aeroplanes and cars, and learn about the state's aviation heritage.
Hocking Hills State Park features stunning scenery including waterfalls, caves and gorges, while there are also many parks and beaches to visit on the shore of Lake Erie. One of the top attractions near the Great Lake is Cedar Point, a major amusement park with giant roller coasters which also has attached campsites and cabins.
Each of the major cities in Ohio is also a visitor attraction in its own right. Cincinnati's attractions include Fountain Square and Museum Center, a whole complex of different museums. Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus is a major botanical garden open all year round, while the Greek-styled Ohio Statehouse is another landmark. In Cleveland, museums of art and natural history and the Great Lakes Science Center are among the top places to visit.
Removals to Ohio, USA: Where Do Expats Live?
Cincinnati is one of the most popular locations for expats from the UK seeking an international move. Many multi-national companies are based in the city, which has a population of nearly 300,000 – but with a much larger figure of more than two million in the Cincinnati metropolitan area. There are international schools in the area and evenEnglish-style pubs where it is possible to watch soccer on TV. Newport and Blue Ash are among the popular areas to live, but there are many more.
There is also a British expat community in the state's capital and largest city, Columbus, which has a population of nearly 800,000, and some of those arranging removals to USA end up living in other areas of the state, including Dayton, Toledo, Akron and Cleveland. House prices tend to be lower here than in some other states. They vary depending on the district, but a three-bedroom home in a non-central area of Cincinnati could cost an average of around £450 to rent per month, while a similar property in Columbus would be more expensive at around £700 monthly.
Moving to Ohio: Out and About in Ohio
Because of its history as an important trading route, Ohio has a number of east-west highways running through it and a good road network in general. Most people travelling here will probably decide they need to run cars, because the rail service is rather patchy. Both Columbus and Dayton do not have passenger rail stations, despite being major cities, and Cleveland is the only city in the state with a rapid rail transit system. There are also four major international airports.