What are the pros and cons of living in Ohio?

I am moving from Maryland and strongly considering Ohio. 

10 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    Mary Anne and Bob are both correct, but I would like to add a few more Pros.

    We have some really great schools. Miami U in Oxford has a top notch State business school and The Ohio State offers about anything you would like. We also have Cleveland Clinic, a superb medical facility. The National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton is unique. Dayton has lost a lot of jobs in the past when GM left town, but it is coming back with job openings everywhere, especially in the high tech fields. And the people are friendly. Weather is OK, not hot like Florida or cold like Minnesota, but somewhere in the middle. Traffic, except in the big cities during rush hour, is not bad. I do have to disagree with Bob about being flat and boring. Depends on where you go; Hocking Hills and Old Man’s Cave area is beautiful with with wonderful hiking trails.

    The only con, I could think of is the Dayton area is called sinus valley by those with allergies. I have not had a problem, but a lot of folks do have problems.

  • 1 month ago

    You would at least be out of the People's Republic of Maryland.  That's a pro.

  • 1 month ago

    It can get cold but Ohio is a beautiful state that is constantly developing 

  • Andrew
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Ohio is larger than Bulgaria and has a population greater than that of Belgium. Obviously living along the shores of Lake Erie would be very different from living along the banks of the Ohio River. There's actually a fair amount of variety to be found throughout the state. 

    Ohio doesn't boast any cities with a population of 1 million or greater, but it does have half a dozen cities that have a population between 100,000 and 800,000 which is a lot more than many other states have. 

    But it's strictly because Ohio is so varied that where in Ohio one chooses to live will make such a tremendous difference. 

    Let's start with the cities: Toledo is a hole. There are some nice areas, but overall it's a terrible place to live. And it keeps getting worse... Cleveland is another dump. During the day it isn't too bad, but after dark, watch out. For the cultural capital of the state, it's a letdown... Cincinnati is probably the worst of them all. Stay away... Columbus is by far the best place to live in the state - it's got better property values, lower crime, better employment opportunities, it's cleaner and there's just a much higher quality of life there than any other sizable city. 

    If you're not a city person, that's okay because Columbus has a very small town feel. The smaller cities in Ohio like Akron and Dayton are just awful, so don't bother. Some of the suburbs of Cleveland are quite nice, but who wants to live in a place anchored to Cleveland? 

    Unless you're thinking of moving to Columbus, give Ohio a miss and pick another state. Your choices are:


    A crime-ridden city filled with dilapidated houses

    A rundown smaller town populated by White Trash

    A really small town that looks like something out of "Gummo"

    Amish Country

    There are 48 other states besides MD and OH. Why limit yourself?

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  • martin
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Ohio has it all over Maryland. Maryland is too close to Washington DC and the New York dominated East Coast Urban Corridor.

  • 1 month ago

    Pros- cheap, depending on where you go it'll be small and everyone knows each other (stronger community), not really a tourist attraction. Dont have to worry about all that traffic, and decent minimum wage

    Cons- boring, extreme weather, really not much to do in general

  • Mark
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Pros:  It's relatively cheap. Cleveland has a good rapid transit system.

    Cons:   It's flat, often snowy, there are no oceans, (though there IS Lake Erie) and, apart from Columbus and a few small cities, has cities that are shrinking in population.

  • ioerr
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    they're both terrible states, just like pennsylvania

    nowhere near as awful as indiana though

  • Yes
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    There's really no pros, but many Cons

  • 1 month ago

    It's a lot colder in Ohio. And lots more snow.

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