Moving from the Golden State to the Buckeye State
Did you know that California is the most populated state in the US? By 2050 its population is projected to surpass 50 million!
The state was originally known as the Grizzly Bear State due to the great number of bear population. Later nicknamed the Golden State, after the Grizzly Bear population started to die down and finally got extinct due to aggressive hunting.
Leaving behind such a cultural and agricultural hub that has a $2.75 trillion economy and move to Ohio is not an unusual move. Many people have been looking for a change of lifestyle, and Ohio with its great opportunities is the perfect answer for many.
Nicknamed the “Buckeye State”, beautiful Ohio has some of the most diverse landscapes and is home to over 11.7 million people. The state’s name comes from the Ohio River which means “large creek” or “great river.”
Curious facts about Ohio:
The very first ambulance service was established in Ohio, more precisely in Cincinnati, in 1865.
The state of Ohio is the leading producer of greenhouse and nursery plants.
Columbus is not only the state capital but also the largest city in Ohio.
Ohio ranks 7th as a wine producer in the US and is often called the Napa Valley of the Midwest.
Here is how you know you’re from Ohio:
You know all the 4 seasons: Winter, Still Winter, Almost Winter, and Construction.
You live less than 30 miles from some college or university.
You know what a buckeye really is, and have a recipe for candy.
You know that “toward the lake” means “north”, and “toward the river” means “south” in Ohio.
California vs Ohio climate
Moving from the West Coast to a Midwestern state has its pros and cons. On the one side, you will miss the warm weather and charming beaches of California, but on the other side, you will get away from all the hurricanes, earthquakes, or tornadoes.
Compared to sunny California where you’ve been enjoying the Mediterranean climate, Ohio is a cold, snowy, and rainy state. Its climate is classified as humid continental. Summers in Ohio are typically hot and humid, while winters in general range from cool to cold throughout the state.
Housing and living costs
The good news for those moving to Ohio is that your expenses will drop significantly since the cost of living in Ohio is lower than the national average. If we compare the capitals of California and Ohio, the living costs in Columbus are over 29% cheaper than in Sacramento. The median home price is also less expensive in Columbus — 54% cheaper than in Sacramento.
Activities in Ohio
The obesity rate in the state of Ohio is at 29.5% (ranking 8th in the US). Nevertheless, do not let these numbers affect you and your lifestyle. Anyone in Ohio can be as active as they choose.
Lake Erie, Hocking Hills State Park, Cedar Point amusement park, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Bicycle Museum of America, Cowan Pottery Museum, Medina Toy and Train Museum, and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame are only some of the attractions you should definitely visit when you get a chance.
Moving from California to Ohio with a car
When you move to Ohio, you will have 30 days to register your car with Ohio’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), as well as transfer your out-of-state driver’s license. To register your car, you will need to pay a fee, show proof of insurance, and submit all the other documents needed at your local Ohio BMV office in person.