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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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Ohio Free Court Records Search

Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

  • Court Name:U.S. Criminal Court Records for the Northern District of Ohio
    Case Number:1:18-cr-00752-SO-1
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    Date Published:March 19, 2019
  • Court Name:U.S. Civil Court Records for the Northern District of Ohio
    Case Number:5:19-cv-00604-SO
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    Date Published:March 19, 2019
  • Court Name:U.S. Civil Court Records for the Northern District of Ohio
    Case Number:3:19-cv-00603-JGC
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    Date Published:March 19, 2019
  • Court Name:U.S. Civil Court Records for the Northern District of Ohio
    Case Number:1:19-cv-00602
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    Date Published:March 19, 2019
  • Court Name:U.S. Civil Court Records for the Southern District of Ohio
    Case Number:2:19-cv-01027
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    Date Published:March 19, 2019
  • Court Name:U.S. Civil Court Records for the Southern District of Ohio
    Case Number:2:19-cv-01024
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    Date Published:March 19, 2019

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  • Question: How do I find an upcoming court date? (Ohio)
    By Mary
    Jun 05, 2018

    You can select the county where the filing is, thereafter look up that court's calendar online. Without knowing which county, it's hard to say specifically. Using Huron county as an example, select the county on this page, then go to the court link and the landing page will have an option to search their calendars.

    By abc123
    Jun 06, 2018
  • Question: Can I see an arrest report
    By B
    Oct 11, 2017

    Need to know if someone was charged and found guilty of Rape.

    By Christine
    Jan 03, 2018

    You can either request the police report directly from the department (which made the report) or look up cases filed in the criminal court of jurisdiction. Court calendars also show appearances online that are easy and open to public access. The public services available mostly depends on what the county or city puts online, some areas can have better online searches than others. There are list of recent arrests that are published online through local news organizations which show charges. Crime maps (if you know the location) can give you an incident number and will briefly describe what happened at that particular location.

    By AdamWest
    Jan 03, 2018
  • Question: I am searching for my biological father and his side of the family. All I know about my father is that he is a criminal. Is there a way of finding info about him without him finding out about me?
    By Rosebud
    Apr 22, 2017

    If you begin to search, within 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 (which have 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. Note that public does not necessarily mean they're open and free to everyone. You may have to pay some fees for convenience, or a courthouse visit and copy fees.

    By cleo
    May 03, 2017
  • Question: There is a store being built next to my bait store how can I find out what is being built
    By Mr
    May 04, 2016

    The plans may have been submitted to the city for building permits/approval. You can check with the city/county government site, or just search for the city/county name and building permits or any agency which can guide you there. For Toledo it's the "Division of Building Inspection", you'll need to look up yours.

    By a1
    Jun 01, 2016
  • Question: I need to find out if a bankruptcy was filed in 2008 or 2009 in the northern district circuit court in ohio. how can I find this information online with no charges?
    By sandy
    Mar 19, 2016

    This link https://www.ohnb.uscourts.gov/ will take you to a keyword search window which you can narrow down by date. You can enter the party/filer's name or attorney name. Do the search using as many keywords as possible, there's no limit to how many times you can do the search.

    By admn1
    Mar 21, 2016
  • Question: How to find domestic violence records?
    By Todc
    Feb 03, 2016

    You can narrow crime maps to only show certain offenses. All areas are not covered, so depending on where, you can look up records of individual crimes street by street.

    By adm
    Mar 15, 2016
  • Question: Home value truth real-estate person LYING ?
    By z
    Feb 10, 2016

    You can try to narrow down the value as much as possible with the information online's of recent real estate closed sales, including the price per square feet for that area with other comparable sales.

    By aa
    Mar 14, 2016
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Ohio Free Arrest Records

Published current arrests, charges and information released by law enforcement and news

Ohio Most Wanted and Warrants

View a list of names, offender descriptions, location, charges and other information of persons wanted by police and sheriffs

Ohio Missing Children

Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Julius Webster
    Julius Webster, Age Now: 17, Missing: 02/01/2019. Missing From Cleveland, Oh. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Cleveland Police Department (ohio) 1-216-621-1234.
    March 15, 2019
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Allison Sowders
    Allison Sowders, Age Now: 15, Missing: 03/08/2019. Missing From Mansfield, Oh. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Mansfield Police Department (ohio) 1-419-522-1234.
    March 13, 2019
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Jada Griffin
    Jada Griffin, Age Now: 14, Missing: 03/11/2019. Missing From Columbus, Oh. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Franklin County Sheriff's Office (ohio) 1-614-525-3333.
    March 13, 2019
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Katie Gates
    Katie Gates, Age Now: 16, Missing: 03/01/2019. Missing From Cleveland, Oh. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: East Cleveland Police Department (ohio) 1-216-451-1234.
    March 12, 2019
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Josef Heuser
    Josef Heuser, Age Now: 17, Missing: 02/08/2019. Missing From Pickerington, Oh. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Pickerington Police Department (ohio) 1-614-575-6911.
    March 08, 2019
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Patience Hollins
    Patience Hollins, Age Now: 2, Missing: 02/06/2019. Missing From Columbus, Oh. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Columbus Police Department (ohio) 1-614-645-4545.
    March 07, 2019
    Source: missingkids.com

Ohio Recent Criminal Activity Reports

Current crimes by location, description of offenses and reported police activity

Ohio Missing People

Currently missing persons sought by law enforcement derived from public and private sources

  • Missing Person • Crystal Ann Corbin • Morgan County • 48 Years Old
    January 12, 2017
    Source: missing.report

Ohio Latest Crime Records (Updated 03/20/2019)

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Ohio American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 03/20/2019)

  • Ohio's demographic and housing ACS survey of 11,560,380 being 3.68 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 48.9% males and 51.1% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • The Ohio social characteristics data of 4,570,015 households, which make up 3.93 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 2,944,097 families with and without children. There are 3,007,872 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • The Ohio American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 9,197,668 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 3.7 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 5,839,586 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • Ohio housing characteristics are collected from 5,135,173 dwellings making up 3.87 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 4,570,015 or uninhabited 565,158 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 4,570,015 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.

Ohio Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
  • Net change of residents' total population
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
  • State's white resident population
  • State's black resident population
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
  • State's Asian resident population
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in Ohio
  • Births
  • Deaths
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of Ohio Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
  • Total number of Veterans
  • 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
  • Net change of housing units estimates
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
  • Total number of households
  • Average size of households
  • 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
  • Statewide income of median households in Ohio
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
  • The personal income of persons employed
  • Per capita income of persons employed
  • Labor force of civilian workers
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
  • Net change of employment in all industries
  • People employed by the government
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
  • Number of private non farm establishments
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
  • People and Businesses

    Firms and companies of Ohio
  • Total number of firms located in the state
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Land Valuation

    Property value and Ohio territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
  • Size in square miles of land
  • Population per square mile