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The state takes its name from the Ohio River. The name originated from the Iroquois language word ohi-yo, meaning “great river” or “large creek”. Partitioned from the Northwest Territory, the state was admitted to the Union as the 17th state (and the first under the Northwest Ordinance) on March 1, 1803. Ohio is historically known as the “Buckeye State” after its Ohio buckeye trees, and Ohioans are also known as “Buckeyes”.

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Ohio is a Midwestern state in the Great Lakes region of the United States. Ohio is the 34th largest by area, the 7th most populous, and the 10th most densely populated of the 50 United States. The state’s capital and largest city is Columbus.

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 state Supreme Court. Ohio occupies 16 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. Six Presidents of the United States have been elected who had Ohio as their home state.

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Ohio has the fourth largest Interstate Highway System in the country. The state has 21 Interstate Highways, altogether making up 1,572.35 miles of roadway. The longest interstate in the state is Interstate 71 at 248.15 miles. I-71 runs north-south from I-71 at the Kentucky state line to I-90 in Cleveland, OH. Interstate 75 is another primary north-south route in Ohio beginning in Cinncinnati, OH at the Kentucky state line, running north through the Great Black Swamp before continuing over the Michigan state line. The final primary north-south route is Interstate 77. I-77 begins near Marietta, OH at the West Virginia state line and ends at the junction with I-90 in Cleveland. The longest primary east-west interstate in Ohio is Interstate 70 at 225.60 miles. I-70 enters Ohio at the Indiana state line and passes straight through the state to the West Virginia state line. Interstate 76 is another primary east-west interstate route beginning at I-71 near Lodi, OH and heading east until it reaches I-76 at the Pennsylvania state line. Another primary east-west route is the Ohio Turnpike, which begins at the Indiana state line near Bryan, OH and stretches to the Pennsylvania state line where it meets the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Ohio State Route 32, also known as the Appalachian Highway, is the final primary east-west highway in Ohio. The highway stretches from eastern Cincinnati to Belpre, OH.