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Ohio is a Midwestern state in the Great Lakes region of the United States. The state shares influences from New England, the Middle States, Appalachia and the upper South.
The capital of, and largest city in, Ohio, is Columbus. Other important cities in Ohio include Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Cuyahoga Falls, Dayton, Elyria, Hamilton, Kettering, Lakewood, Lorain, Mansfield, Mentor, Middletown, Parma, Springfield, Toledo and Youngstown.
There are many attractions and places of interest in Ohio. These range from historic sites such as the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument (in Cleveland), the SunWatch Indian Village (in Toledo), and the USS Cod (in Cleveland), to some impressive art and science museums, to amusement parks such as Cedar Point (in Sandusky), Geauga Lake and Wildwater Kingdom (in Aurora) and (Paramount's Kings Island (in Mason). The state is also home to many zoos and wildlife parks, and there are even several ski resorts in Ohio. Lastly, but by no means least, any music-lover visiting Cleveland, will surely want to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Leading education institutions in Ohio include Akron University (in Akron), Cincinnati Christian University (in Cincinnati), Franklin University (in Columbus), Ohio State University (in Columbus), Ohio University (in Athens), Union Institute & University (in Cincinnati), the University of Cincinnati (in Cincinnati) and Xavier University (in Cincinnati).
Some of the major companies that have based their headquarters in Ohio include Cardinal Health (in Dublin), Chiquita Brands International (in Cincinnati), Commerce National Bank (in Columbus), Convergys Corporation (in Cincinnati), Dana Corporation (in Toledo), Federated Department Stores (in Cincinnati), Fifth Third Bank (in Cincinnati), FirstEnergy (in Akron), Goodyear Tire & Rubber (in Akron), Huntington Bancshares Inc. (in Columbus), Kroger (in Cincinnati), LexisNexis (in Dayton), Macy's, Inc. (in Cincinnati), Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company (in Columbus), NCR (in Dayton), NewPage Corporation (in Dayton), Owens Corning (in Toledo), Procter & Gamble (in Cincinnati), Progressive Casualty Insurance Company (in Mayfield Village), The E. W. Scripps Company (in Cincinnati), The Reynolds and Reynolds Company (in Dayton) and Western & Southern Financial Group (in Cincinnati).
Professional sports teams in Ohio include the Akron Aeros (Eastern League baseball) in Akron, the Cincinnati Bengals (American football in the NFL) in Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Reds (Major League Baseball) in Cincinnati, the Cleveland Browns (American football in the NFL) in Cleveland, the Cleveland Cavaliers (National Basketball Association) in Cleveland, the Cleveland Indians (Major League Baseball) in Cleveland, the Columbus Blue Jackets (ice hockey in the NHL) in Columbus, the Columbus Clippers (International League baseball) in Columbus, the Columbus Crew (Major League Soccer) in Columbus, the Dayton Dragons (Midwest League baseball) in Dayton, the Lake County Captains (South Atlantic League baseball) in Eastlake, the Lake Erie Monsters (ice hockey in the AHL) in Cleveland, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (New York-Penn League baseball) in Niles, and the Toledo Mud Hens (International League baseball) in Toledo.
Airports in Ohio include Akron-Canton Regional Airport in between Canton and Akron, and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in Cleveland.
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