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By Tyler Buchanan

Ohio Capital Journal

Are you a true Ohioan?

Sure, you follow the Blue Jackets, you visit the in-laws in Chillicothe, you love Skyline Chili. We invite you to put your Buckeye State bona fides to the test with this Sporcle quiz. It will give you each county in Ohio, and you’ve got to click on the correct spot to get a point. 

Try it out, then come back and we’ll go over the scores.

Can you identify this city in Ohio based on this birds-eye view? Answer at the bottom of this article. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons.)

That was harder than you thought it’d be, wasn’t it?

I got 55/88 correct, or 63 percent. The quiz average is 60 percent, so I was right around the middle.

I grew up near Sandusky and Cedar Point, then moved down to Southeast Ohio after college. Those areas of the state weren’t much of a challenge. I even got some of the far western counties in John Boehner territory.

For most of the western part of Ohio, though, it was like blindly chucking darts at the board: Shelby, Miami, Champaign, Clark, Logan, Union, Hardin, Marion, Madison … brutal.

Any guess as to which county was the most commonly correct pick?

That would be Ashtabula County, with 73 percent of quiz takers placing it in the right spot. It’s the largest county in Ohio by geographic area, and has a distinctive shape in the top-right corner. Makes sense. The second- and third-most correct counties were nearby Cuyahoga and Lake. There must be a lot of Clevelanders taking this quiz. 

The county that bedeviled the most people? That would be Harrison County, with just 50.5 percent knowing where it is. Harrison is one of the least-populated counties in Ohio (around 16,000 residents). My guess is that people confuse it with the city of Harrison, which is in the opposite side of the state near Cincinnati. 

One of the most popular rooms in the Ohio Statehouse is the Map Room, which showcases all 88 counties in various types of marble. I’m thinking I should spend more time there in between reporting sessions studying up on where all the counties are.

How’d You Do?

81-88 counties correct: Governor

71-80: Lt. Governor

55-70: Attorney General

41-54: Cabinet Member

26-40: State Legislator

0-25: Michigan Wolverines fan

Photo caption answer from above: Dayton.

Tyler Buchanan is an award-winning journalist who has covered Ohio politics and government for the past decade. A Bellevue native and graduate of Bowling Green State University, he most recently spent 6 1/2 years as a reporter and editor of The Athens Messenger and Vinton-Jackson Courier newspapers. He is a member of the BG News Alumni Society Board and was a 2019 fellow in the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism. Read more Ohio Capital Journal stories here.