Looking back on 2018, Ohio truly lived up to its slogan, “The Heart of It All.”
The Buckeye State received plenty of national attention this year not just for breaking news, but for everything from its colleges and hospitals to its drinking and party scene.
So, how did Ohio stack up against other states this year? Take a look at a roundup of its accomplishments — and its downfalls — below.
How is it, overall?
Sure, it’s not New York or Los Angeles — but, sometimes, that’s a good thing. Check out the accolades Ohio and its biggest cities made away with this year.
► This Cincinnati suburb is among Money’s top 50 Top Places to Live
► One of the best small cities in the country is just outside Cincinnati
► Three Ohio cities top list of those where $100 stretches the furthest
► Millennials are buying homes in Cincinnati at higher rates than others
► The nation’s best hospital to treat pediatric cancer is in Ohio
► Cincinnati is one of the most pet-friendly cities in the country
► Planning a summer vacation? This Ohio city is a top destination
► How about a winter vacation? This Ohio city is the place to be
► Cincinnati is among the most environmentally friendly cities
► Ohio is among the most charitable states in the country
How’s the dining scene?
Contrary to what outsiders may think, Ohio isn’t just rolling hills of Steak ‘n’ Shakes and Olive Gardens. Here’s how the state’s restaurants fared this year.
► Three Ohio eateries make OpenTable’s 100 best restaurants
► Food and Wine names 5 Ohio restaurants in list of best breakfast spots
► Want more great breakfast? People Magazine loves this Cincy staple
► This Ohio bar ranked among The Daily Meal’s top 150 bars in the U.S.
► Cheers! Cincinnati is among the best cities for beer lovers
► This Ohio city is the top foodie city in the state (and No. 22 overall)
In addition to its affordable housing and tasty eats, Ohio also boasts some of the best schools, parks and celebrations. Here’s what stood out this year.
► The best park in Ohio? That’s Washington Park, according to Money
► Two Ohio universities rank among the most innovative in the world
► New York Times: Cincinnati is “bustling with cultural options”
► One of the country’s top holiday events is in Mason, Ohio
► German newspaper calls Oktoberfest Zinzinnati “America’s Oktoberfest”
► This Ohio city ranked as the best mid-size sports city in the country
► Cincinnati, Cleveland are the best Ohio cities for an active lifestyle
► This is the “most fun” city in Ohio, according to WalletHub
► Love Christmas? This Ohio city is one of the best places to celebrate
► Two Ohio zoos top USA TODAY poll for best zoo light display
Where did we go wrong?
Not everything in Ohio is dandy. The Buckeye State also topped some lists for all the wrong reasons.
► Ohio big cities struggle when it comes to safety
► Ohio ranks among the top states with most student debt
► Good drivers? You won’t find them in these Ohio cities
► Ohio ranks second on Humane Society’s ‘Horrible Hundred’ puppy mill list
► Ohio ranks as the ninth-least diverse state in the country
► The jury is in: Ohio is a mediocre place to live
► Ohio’s obesity rate is among the highest in the nation
► When it comes to well-run cities, Ohio’s rank low
► Ohio’s pay gap is one of the worst in the country