Ohio . . . State 17
The official state flag of State of Ohio, called the Ohio burgee, was adopted in 1902. The flag was based upon the pennant used by the Ohio cavalry between 1862 and 1865. This is the only American state flag that is not a rectangle. The 13 stars near the circle represent the original 13 states in the USA; the 4 extra stars near the peak of the triangle symbolize the fact that Ohio was the 17th state admitted to the union. The blue triangle represents Ohio's hill country. The white "O" stands for Ohio.
The State of Ohio was the 17th state in the USA and was admitted to the Union in 1803. The capital and also largest city is Columbus. Ohio is the easternmost of the North-Central group of states and is shaped like a shield. It lies in the heart of the old industrial belt. Ohio is bordered by Lake Erie and Michigan on the north, Pennsylvania borders on the northeast and Indiana is to the west. The Ohio River on the south and southeast separates the state from Kentucky and West Virginia.
Ohio is an unusual state because it has many urban areas and seven cities that are larger than 100,000 which only Texas, California and Florida have more. It is a relatively small state but has one of the highest populations and ranks #7 in population with close to 11.5 million people living there.
Ohio has a reputation as the manufacturing powerhouse and it ranks 3rd among the 50 states in manufacturing.
Transportation equipment is the largest manufacturing industry and more trucks are assembled in Ohio that any other state. It produces a lot of electrical machinery, fabricated metal products, and nonelectrical machinery.
Sporting events in Ohio draw large crowds and there are many professional sports teams. Some include: the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Cavaliers and many more.
The climate in Ohio is generally nice and experiences four seasons. Springs are usually cool and rainy and summers are generally warm, with manageable humidity. Fall days are cool and winters are cold and snowy, with the heaviest amounts of snow along the Lake Erie shoreline. January is the coldest month, with average high temperatures in the mid-20s. July is the warmest month, with average high temperatures near 80 degrees. Temperature highs over 90 degrees in summer are not uncommon. Statewide annual precipitation averages near 40 inches, with higher amounts along the southern border with Kentucky.
Ohio has counties:
Adams - Allen - Ashland - Ashtabula - Athens - Auglaize - Belmont - Brown - Butler - Carroll - Champaign - Clark - Clermont - Clinton - Columbiana - Coshocton - Crawford - Cuyahoga - Darke - Defiance - Delaware - Erie - Fairfield - Fayette - Franklin - Fulton - Gallia - Geauga - Greene - Guernsey - Hamilton - Hancock - Hardin - Harrison - Henry - Highland - Hocking - Holmes - Huron - Jackson - Jefferson - Knox Lake - Lawrence - Licking - Logan - Lorain - Lucas - Madison - Mahoning - Marion - Medina - Meigs - Mercer - Miami - Monroe - Montgomery - Morgan - Morrow - Muskingum - Noble - Ottawa - Paulding - Perry - Pickaway - Pike - Portage - Preble - Putnam - Richland - Ross - Sandusky - Scioto - Seneca - Shelby - Stark - Summit - Trumbull - Tuscarawas - Union - Van Wert - Vinton - Warren - Washington - Wayne - Williams - Wood - Wyandot