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Public access to the records and information of the Ohio state government is regulated by the Ohio Open Records Law, or as it is sometimes referred to, the Sunshine Law. This law mandates that all government records be made available for public inspection upon request. Included in the legislation are details of exemptions contained within the law and appeals procedures. The entire text of the law is available for download on the Ohio Attorney General's website. Ohio achieved statehood on March 1, 1803, and now has a population of almost 11.5 million residents, making it the seventh most populous state in the union, and entitling Ohio to 18 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Ohio is nicknamed the 'Buckeye State'. Ohio State University is located in Columbus, which also serves as the state capital. The trade, transportation, and utilities sectors combine to be the largest employers in the state . Ohio is home to several nationally recognized corporations, including Proctor and Gamble, Goodyear Tire and Rubber, Abercrombie and Fitch, and Wendy's. Locate Ohio property records from individual county recorder's offices. Find all public records from Ohio state, city and counties in one easy place. Solicit criminal, court and vital records within the state of Ohio. See crime stats, census data, resident background information and Ohio employment data like income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the state. See current news and crime reports as well as links to law enforcement for criminal records. Explore real estate data, property and land values. Explore business statistics for the state and find information on firms and companies in Ohio. This site is updated regularly to bring you the most up to date information.
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  • Where can I find an upcoming court date in Ohio?
    You can select the county where the filing is and look up that court's calendar online. Without knowing which county, it's hard to say precisely. Using Huron county as an example, select the county on this page, then go to the court link, and the landing page will have the option to search their calendars.
  • Is there a way of finding info about someone convicted in Ohio without them finding out about me?
    If you begin to search, many of the records out there can be accessed online; you will notice that public records are accessible by anyone without notice to the person in the record. Criminal records, which can be found with an online search in many cases, are routinely conducted by the public. Private companies (with the same public records access as the average person) that conduct background checks will specify that the person searched is not contacted or notified. Someone can check your records also, and you would never know unless it's an employer or other exceptions. But, by general rule, anyone can request your court records, and you wouldn't know it and court records are public. Being public does not necessarily mean they're open and accessible to everyone. You may have to pay some fees for convenience or a courthouse visit and copy fees.
  • Where do I go in Ohio to find a death certificate?
    The Ohio Department of Health's vital records webpage shows a few ways to get the death certificate, certified or not. If you're not looking for the entire certificate, just some information, you can do it without costing anything other than the time it takes to look it up. The Ohio Library archives have information only, not the certificate, which you can view freely for deaths between 1913-1944, 1954-1963, and more. Here's a look at the open data: Last name, first name, date of death, County, Vol. number Cert. number (State Death Certificate)
  • Where can I find in Ohio if someone has filed for divorce?
    Knowing where the divorce would have been filed would be a big help since the county probate court holds the records. In most states, family, county, or local courts maintain records available for request either online or in person (or both in some cases). Unlike many other states, the Ohio department of health does not provide marriage or death records; these records are kept and maintained by the probate courts and their clerks. The Franklin county probate court lists county courts across Ohio in alphabetical order.
  • Where can I find, in Ohio, a copy of a marriage record?
    Marriage records are provided by probate courts where the marriage occurred. Unlike many other states, Ohio's health department does not offer marriage or divorce records; their vital records office includes birth and death certificates. You can find the county's services list on this site's county pages and click on the court records link.
  • Where can I find access to and a copy of my arrest records in Ohio?
    You can get your arrest records by requesting them directly from the police department. If you had an attorney or a public defender, they might be able to give you a copy as it is often, if not always, requested by them. These request procedures can be different from one agency to another. The majority of departments have websites with their policies on how to get arrest records. These are complete arrest reports, such as the ones the officer fills out; you will not get a list of all the arrests.
  • Where can I obtain someone's employment history in Ohio?
    Background check is a loose term that generally consists of a person's criminal history, maybe even some do's and arrests which ended up in a conviction. Services that check for past places of work are pre-employment screening services and firms. Employment screening is different from the typical background check, although they tend to get confused. Background screeners are found in various fields, expertise, or specialty; some are for tenants and nannies, while others can check past employment or education. Some companies offering employment screening offer many other services, so the search you are looking for may not be featured or immediately found. Look through the entire site, as some of the best services do not advertise the specific verification, check or type of search you need.
  • Where can I find in Ohio information on arrest records from June 25th, 2015, and June 26th, 2015?
    Arrests are usually at the local police department level. If the arrest is by the state patrol, that's where to look, in this case, at the state level. Also, a person not related to the arrest will be unable to obtain it due to restrictions that exempt the person arrested or attorneys representing either side. To look up arrests, local jails provide inmate lists. For Ohio, there is a site by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction with an inmate search page. It's a free search; you can choose the facility/county or all of them.
  • Where can I find, in Ohio, access to a record of an arrest for a family member?
    If you know which police or sheriff's department made the arrest, an arrest report can be requested directly from them. The department's website will most likely have information and, in some cases, even the forms online to ask them. If the arrest is recent, the department may have a custody or booking list that depends on the agency and the services offered to the public. Larger entities are more likely to provide public searches online. Another place to check that only requires time is by looking up local newswires to see if there's a page of recent arrests. If the arrest resulted in a conviction and time served, the department of corrections for that particular state would have an inmate databank open to the public. The information that can be viewed online relies on various factors, such as the entity's budget, how often they have to provide the services, and so forth. Criminal court records can also be checked, including upcoming cases on the calendar.
  • Where can I find in Ohio, access to criminal records?
    The Ohio Department of Public Safety explains the parameters of the state's background checks policy. There are several definitions of the word background check; some include certain records where other services/checks do not.
Ohio Free Public Records Directory

Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

Ohio Latest Crime Records (Updated 02/03/2023)
  • Total Violent Crime:
    34,269
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    538
  • Rape:
    5,731
  • Robbery:
    8,846
  • Aggravated Assault:
    19,154
  • Total Property Crime:
    240,291
  • Burglary:
    43,894
  • Larceny Theft:
    177,725
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    18,672
Ohio Census Data
  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    11,536,504
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    11,353,150
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    2%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    183,364
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    11,353,140
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    739,526
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    6%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    2,714,341
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    24%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    14%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    1,605,316
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    51%
  • State's white resident population
    9,539,437
  • State's black resident population
    1,407,681
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    25,292
  • State's Asian resident population
    192,233
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    4,066
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    237,765
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    354,674
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    9,359,263
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    83%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    12%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    3%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    81%
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in Ohio
  • Births
    150,879
  • Deaths
    106,534
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    1,160
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    85%
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of Ohio Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    4%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    6%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    87%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    24%
  • Total number of Veterans
    951,024
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data

    Households located in Ohio
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    23 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
    5,094,126
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    311,057
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    7%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    70%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $134,500
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    23%
  • Total number of households
    4,526,164
  • Average size of households
    2
  • Ohio Employment Data

    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
    $24,830
  • Statewide income of median households in Ohio
    $45,467
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    15%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $395,614
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $34,468
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    5,970,188
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    611,220
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    10%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    6,829,647
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    -6,041
  • People employed by the government
    840,774
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    299,768,776
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    43,892
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    263,761
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