Primary Season State Profile: Ohio

Published by Peter Lawrence on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 12:00am

In 2014, 16 percent of Ohio’s 11.2 million residents lived in poverty, including 22 percent of children, ranking the state 31st and 32nd in those measures nationally. The U.S. Census reported that in 2012 Ohio ranked 8th in the number of housing units in the state that were affordable and available to households with very low incomes. Despite this, more than 391,790 households in Ohio pay more than half their income on rent.


  • Presidential primary: March 15, 2016
  • Number of delegates: 66 Republican/160 Democratic
  • Allocation method: Winner-take-all (Republican)/Proportional (Democratic)
  • 18 electoral votes
  • 2012 Results: President Obama won Ohio by 51 percent to 48 percent over Mitt Romney.

Tax Credit Usage in Ohio

In 2015, the Ohio Housing Finance Agency approved $300 million in low-income housing tax credit (LIHTCs) for 40 affordable rental housing developments containing 2,609 affordable housing units. Twelve of the developments were in rural areas, 13 were in suburban areas and 15 were in urban areas. Nearly half (19) of the awards in Ohio in 2015 went for new construction developments. To understand Ohio’s LIHTC priorities, the state’s qualified allocation plan (QAP) is here.

Blog Graph Snapshot: LIHTC Properties and Poverty Rates in Ohio
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The LIHTC, new markets tax credit (NMTC) and historic tax credit (HTC) have combined to assist in the addition of more than 195,000 jobs in Ohio. For other impacts the credits have had in the state, see the table below.

Blog Chart LIHTC, NMTC and HTC Use in Ohio
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Renewable Energy Landscape

Ohio has more wind-related manufacturing facilities than any other state in the nation. There are 63 manufacturing facilities in Ohio producing components for the wind industry. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) reports that in 2014 the wind energy industry in the state directly or indirectly supported between 1,000 and 2,000 jobs. As of 2014, Ohio had 32 wind projects online, with 253 turbines creating the state’s 443 MW of installed wind capacity.

The 113 MW of solar energy currently installed in Ohio ranks the state 22nd in the country in installed solar capacity, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). SEIA says several large retailers in Ohio have gone solar, including Walmart and Staples. Campbell’s Soup has installed one of the largest corporate photovoltaic systems in the state with 10 MW of solar capacity. There are currently more than 235 solar companies at work in Ohio, employing 4,800 people.