How Does Ohio Rank As a Thankful State?

Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

Now that a debt ceiling default won’t plunge the global economy into chaos and send the stock market crashing like a meteorite, it’s a good day to consider other things we might be thankful for in Ohio.

We took a break from Ohio sports betting to try to see which are the most thankful and least thankful states in the nation.

While it is hard to objectively decipher thankfulness, we found two key statistics to help us with our research. utilized two combined data points to develop the ranking of the 50 U.S. States from most to least thankful. We utilized data from Toast, a payments platform for restaurants, showing the state ranking of highest average tip percentage during 2022 and Google Trend’s search interest of the “Thank You Notes” over past 12 months to develop our campaign.

And, how about that? Ohio fared well.

Based on research by – your source for Ohio sportsbook promos - Ohio is tied for eighth, when it comes to the most thankful states in the country. 

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America’s Most Thankful States

Rank, state Thank You Note Ranking Avg. 2022 Tip RankingAverage Ranking
1. South Carolina 8 8 8
T2. Delaware 18 1 9.5
T2. Rhode Island 514 9.5
4. Maryland 3 20 11.5
T5. New Hampshire 20 7 13.5
T5. Pennsylvania 17 10 13.5
7. Nebraska 9 19 14
T8. Massachusetts 1 28 14.5
T8. Ohio 23 6 14.5
10. Virginia 7 27 17


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How Ohio Cracked Top 10 in Our Rankings

Ohioans are excellent tippers. They’re thankful for good service. The Buckeye State finished sixth overall when it comes to tipping.

These days Ohioans, in part of the state, are thankful for the Cincinnati Bengals, who have the fourth-best odds (+900) to win the next Super Bowl at BetMGM Ohio. The other half hopes to one day be thankful for the Cleveland Browns.

Ohio State always gives the state something to cheer about, but all across Ohio there are very good college and high school sports teams. Some kid named LeBron James grew up there, and thanked Ohio by leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an NBA title and building an elementary school in Akron. Ohio baseball fans are thankful for the Cleveland Guardians, a little less so for the Cincinnati Reds.

If art is more your thing, be thankful for the art museums in Toledo, Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati and Cleveland. You can horse around in the Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky, or the “A Christmas Story” house in Cleveland.

If you like feeling your stomach in your throat, Ohio’s Cedar Point has perhaps the best collection of rollercoasters in the country. If music is more your style, Cleveland is home to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Dayton is home to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Sports fans can hit up the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. No wonder Ohio sports betting apps are off to such a good start now that mobile betting is legal.

Be thankful for Cincinnati Chili (with its unique spaghetti base). And even if you don’t root for Ohio State, you’ve got to love Buckeyes. Let’s not forget Hot Brown, Goetta, Sloppy Joe’s or Cleveland-style Pizza.

While we’re being thankful, let’s be thankful for famous Ohioans like Annie Oakley, Neil Armstrong, Toni Morrison, Simone Biles, Sarah Jessica Parker, John Legend and Halle Berry.

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Howard Gensler is a veteran journalist who’s worked at the Philadelphia Daily News, TV Guide and the Philadelphia Inquirer and is a founding editor of

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