I had grown to love Ohio more after leaving than I probably would have had I never left.
I dont know what it is about Ohio that makes this so true but pretty much every Ohio native I know would agree. I've transplanted to Texas and the form that state pride takes down here is completely different than what I know from home. Most of the Texas state pride I've seen takes the form of "this is the absolute greatest place in the world and you're crazy if you would ever want to live anywhere else EVER", to the point where they can be downright rude when finding out other people's backgrounds/origins. (I've gotten a lot of "oh I bet you're glad to be down here now!" and "welcome to the heart of southern hospitality, I bet its a refreshing change from back home" when they find out I'm from the "northeast"). Interestingly, the most fanatical devotion seems to come from a majority of people who have never left the state of Texas (yes, there are a lot of those).
On the other hand, growing up in Ohio, most of the people I went to school with couldnt wait to leave the state and get away. And a lot of them did, whether for school, or later, for jobs. But now a lot of them are back or trying to get back. It helps that Cincinnati and now Columbus have started to catch up with the urban revitilization trend thats been rebuilding urban communities across the country. But even before the Short North expansion or Over the Rhine rebuilding, Ohio has been drawing people home. I would be back in a heartbeat, if only my career choice existed somewhere in the state.