Where Does Ohio Rank for Best Roller Coasters in U.S.?

National Roller Coaster Day is tomorrow, Aug. 16, in the United States and the celebration of these amusement park staples has us wondering.

BetOhio.com – your source for Ohio sportsbook promos – decided to see which states have the best roller coasters in the country.

To do so, BetOhio.com utilized GoldenTicketAwards.com to gather the top 50 steel and top 50 wooden roller coasters in the world, based off of their 2022 Golden Ticket Awards ceremony. Out of the top 100 roller coasters ranked, 23 were from outside of the USA, so we noted the states for 77 of the top 100 to compile a list of states with the best roller coasters in the country.

States with Best Roller Coasters

While Ohio sportsbooks note that Ohio State football is ranked No. 3 nationally in this week’s Associated Press poll, the state of Ohio did even better on roller coasters.

RankLocationNo. of Roller Coaster Winners% of Roller Coaster Winners


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Impressive Showing by Buckeye State

Pennsylvania checks in as the King of Roller Coasters in the USA, playing host to 12 of the top rides in the world. Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, Pa., is the home of Phoenix, the top-ranked wooden roller coaster in the entire world. Elysburg is also home to the 28th and 31st ranked wooden roller coasters, launching the state into the top spot.

Naturally, BetOhio.com’s main interest was seeing where Ohio ranked among the 50 states. We were pleased to discover that Ohio accounts for 10 of the top roller coasters, giving them 13.0% of the country’s total roller coasters on the GoldenAwardsTicket.com list.

Cedar Point in Sandusky was Ohio’s main contributor, hosting the second and third best steel roller coasters with Steel Vengeance and Millenium Force. Maverick also claimed a top spot, ranking 10th, and the Magnum XL-200 came in at 25th.

Kings Island in Mason also claimed several spots for the state, with the fifth and sixth best wooden roller coasters in addition to three spots claimed on the steel roller coaster list.

Ohio and Pennsylvania were the clear leaders for the country as the two states accounted for 28% of the country’s total ranked roller coasters. Florida, Missouri, Texas and Virginia all tied for third with six roller coasters each.

There are plenty of options all over the country for amusement park enthusiasts looking to celebrate National Roller Coaster Day, and Ohioans don’t have to travel far to experience some of the best. Between Cedar Point and Kings Island there are several of the world's top roller coasters, allowing residents and visitors to the state the chance to check off a lot of quality rides in a short amount of time.

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Cecil Peters
Senior Betting Analyst

Cecil Peters is a Senior Betting Analyst for BetOhio.com. A professional sports bettor in Canada, Cecil specializes in analyzing the latest odds impacting professional sports, particularly MLB and the NHL. He will be providing insight throughout the baseball season.

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