10 Reasons to Live in Toledo, Ohio

You can travel the world and each time you meet someone new they will most likely tell you why they would consider their hometown, or state, to be the best one around. They could even list off the ways and reasons they cherish their beloved home. Well for those of us who are lucky enough to live in Toledo, Ohio, we too have quite a bit to shout from the mountain tops. Here are the top 10 reasons to live in beautiful, progressive Toledo, Ohio.


Other than the typical delays caused by traffic Toledo and the surrounding areas have a very appealing driving situation. Like majority of US cities Toledo has a very high number of commuters choosing to drive (92%), but this doesn’t always equate to worse traffic conditions as Toledo is said to have a drive time of about 20 minutes, which is 5.7 minutes less than the national average.

Cost of Living

When looking at housing trends in the United States over time it is easy to see that Toledo and the surrounding areas do a great job at staying at least $10,000 below the national average (or median). The average cost for a house in Toledo, Ohio in 2018 was roughly $117,000 and the national average is roughly $227,000. Now that isn’t to say that just like many other cities in the United States that Toledo doesn’t have its higher scale (and lower scale) areas, but when all items are taken in to consideration, Toledo prevails as an area that is cheaper on average than many other areas.

Entertainment (Zoo, Huntington Center, Theaters, Museums, Sports)

Toledo has so much to offer in the way of entertainment it is really hard to know where to begin. One of the biggest staples in Toledo would in fact be the Toledo Zoo. Boasting hundreds and hundreds of visitors each quarter The Toledo Zoo has been a great place for families to enjoy time together for years. However, if a little more action (and hot dogs) is what you’re seeking then you can gear up for nine-innings with the Toledo Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field. Some people simply enjoy the outdoors and just breathing in life, and that is where Metro Parks come into play. With various parks, trails, and sights, the Metro Parks bring you and nature much closer together. This is merely the tip of the iceberg as Toledo has so much to offer we can’t easily cover it all here.


During the day time hours Toledo has a vast culture and loads of history on display both in the environment and in theaters and museums, but at night this seemingly haven of culture turns into a bustling culmination of energy and life. Boasting well over 20 different options for your night, Toledo doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the nightlife options. Chasers is a college night club which features dancing and DJs with dazzles lighting effects and large screen TVs. If live bands are more your thing there is Frankies Inner City which features bands from various genres and areas. If pool tables and arcade games are your thing then you can check out Attic on Adams. The list could go on and one, but one thing is for sure, a simple Google search of ‘toledo ohio nightlife’ will provide you with all you need to make your plans spectacular.


As with many cities, Toledo has a variation of school and programs available for children and young adults, many of them ranging in rating levels. The public school system is an average school system like many others in Ohio and surrounding areas with a rating of 4. That being said one of the best parts of the Toledo school systems is that there are loads of options outside of the public school system making Toledo one of the easiest places to find an educational setting that fits the needs of your child and your family.


You see it popping up all over the world, places are quickly becoming more and more pet-friendly. From hotels to restaurants there are numerous places you can take your four-legged friend to join in your fun. Toledo is no different and actually has been somewhat of a pioneer in the world of pet-friendly businesses and events. For a list of some of the pet-friendly places toledo check out our blog post Pet-friendly Places Around Toledo


Overall Toledo has a vast array of restaurants, Italian, Japanese, Mediterranean, and of course, American. If fine dining is what you’re feeling then there are options like Mancy’s Steak House or Rockwell’s that offer some top of the line steaks and much more. If you’re feeling like domestic isn’t on your list, San Marcos, Zia’s, or Bd’s may be right up your alley. Whatever your pallet prefers, Toledo will have something for you.


When discussing the growth of any city is important to know what exactly we are focusing on. Things like unemployment, Gross Domestic Product (GPD), debt, and income per capita are used to determine to forecast of growth from year to year. When it comes to unemployment, as of 2018, Toledo has leveled off at just under 5% which is almost 1 full point lower than the previous year which means that employment has gone up 1%. GPD has been stabilized, not really moving since 2015, but is still worth noting. Overall the growth in Toledo has been slow, but steady.


Focused heavily on nature and parks, Toledo boasts numerous preserves and beautiful landscapes that rank among the top in Ohio. From Metro Parks to the 577 Foundation you don’t have to look far to find a place to take in the beauties of nature. If history and landmarks are more your cup of tea there is Fifth Third Field, Fort Meig’s Ohio’s War of 1812 Battlefield, Woodlawn Cemetery, or the beautiful, Historic Old West End.


You’ll rarely hear Toledo’s residents described as unfriendly. From a simple smile to a hello or even a conversation or two, you can be sure that you won’t feel like an outcast around these wonderful people. And when it comes to passions, first and foremost is their beloved Mud Hens so when you aren’t catching people at the big game, they may be Maumee Bay Brewing enjoying a beer, or Short’s for mouth-watering BBQ.

With a diverse background of history, arts, and culture Toledo, Ohio can easily be called one of the many ‘melting pots’ of the United States, bring many cultures and people together to create a place that many people love to call their home. To learn more about houses available for rent in and around Toledo, contact us today!

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