Renamed after the 18th-century speculator and road builder whose trails linked Ohio to neighboring states, Zanesville is just 52 miles east of Columbus, the Buckeye State’s modern-day capital — a role that this small city of roughly 24,800 residents once held.
Formerly called Westbourne, the city was renamed Zanesville in 1801 after Ebenezer Zane — who had carved a pioneer trail called Zane’s Trace, linking Ohio to West Virginia and Kentucky — remitted the land to his son. Because Zane’s Trace blazed through this area, located off the banks of the Licking and Muskingum rivers, the Zanes platted it and renamed it Zanesville. Since then, Zanesville — dubbed the “City of Natural Advantages” that serves as the seat of Muskingum County — has made other marks in history, serving as an Underground Railroad stop during the Civil War and earning a notorious reputation during the Prohibition era of the 1920s for bootlegging.
Under Ohio state law, all Zanesville drivers need to have some form of auto coverage. If you’re caught driving without insurance, you could face fines and fees and even have your license suspended. Keep reading to learn more about car insurance in Ohio, including the average monthly rates based on age and zip code.