Toledo, Ohio

Glass City



Sunny Days: 180
46100 Affordability
85100 Schools
40100 Diversity
58100 Safety

Toledo is better than exciting, it's happy. Because nothing is more conducive to unhappiness than taking yourself seriously, and taking yourself seriously is difficult when you're baseball team is the Mud Hens. -Author: P. J. O'Rourke

The Best Thing About Toledo?

A strong commitment to the arts

Toledo has a thriving arts scene in all media, but has a special emphasis on both commercial and artistic glass. Its Museum of Art includes a world-renowned Glass Pavilion and major glass manufacturers employ many of the city’s populace.

Here's a local on the pros of living in Toledo:
*The local food scene in Toledo is TOP NOTCH. I haven't found food as good in any other city yet. And I've been to San Francisco, Boston, Toronto, and dozens of other places. Seriously, check out even the most in-the-wall places. People in Toledo know what dining and drinking is all about.
*- Toledo is a very progressive, liberal, blue city in a very mixed state.*
- The film/art scene is hot! Check out the art museum, film festivals, concerts, zombie walks, and lots of downtown events!
- You are literally 15 minutes away from Michigan and the highway will audibly let you know when you've crossed state lines. Ann Arbor and Detroit are in your backyard.
- Hockey is life. What's “"basketball?” Mudhens or bust.
- Be nice to everyone and you'll make tons of toledoean friends.

For more reviews of what living in Toledo is like from locals check out: The Buzz

The Worst Thing About Toledo?

Lack of Growth

Growth is a tricky thing. If you're in a city that is growing then everyone complains about the growth (see every city in Montana). If on the other hand you're in a city that is stagnant then that's a problem as well. Investment requires tax base and so for Toledo to increase services and amenities it needs to work on some growth. You get lower costs for that lack of growth but again, for the overall city future you'd like to see some expansion.

**Here's the pov of a local who moved to Columbus on the cons of Toledo: **
I don’t see the city growing, in fact probably the opposite. The thing I like more about Columbus is we get new stuff often, better concerts, the airport is super easy to fly out of (not a ton of direct flights), strong labor market, so easy to find a new job. But, housing cost more, significantly. I was shocked when I moved down here and had to up my housing budget by $100k to get what I wanted.

Lifestyle Of Toledo

Toledo is first and foremost a great place to raise a family. Many mid-sized, midwestern cities can make the same claim but Toledo has the advantage of also boasting a robust set of cultural amenities of much larger cities without having to fight any madness to get to them. This includes a world-class zoo the aforementioned art museum, a Children’s Art Museum, and the wonderful Toledo Symphony. Just as important though is Toledo’s proximity to cool places like Ann Arbor (20-30 minute drive) and incredible water activities via Lake Erie.

If you want to see what Toledoans do for fun and culture check out the calendar of events:

Workstyle Of Toledo

Toledo started as the Glass Capital of the country but has since transitioned to being more of a mix of industrial giants like Owens Corning and LIbbey Inc, auto manufacturing with auto plants for General Motors, and DaimlerChrysler surviving the rust belt decline, emerging industry growth in the Green Industry and a banking and finance sector that serves northwestern Ohio. It can be a tricky city to find work if you move here and lose your job but Detroit and the entire Southeastern Michigan economy 60 mins or less away so options are available.

*Why You Should Move Here Now?

Affordable and central

Toledo is affordable, and like a lot of midwestern cities is experiencing a renaissance of work-from-homers looking for a pleasant, family-friendly, cheaper option. Like any city its size, there’s plenty to do and lots for families to enjoy. Finally, if you have midwestern sensibilities about what is close, then you'll find the drives to Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Louisville or Pittsburgh easy for a weekend trip.

Neighborhoods in Toledo

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Young Professionals

Toledo has historically not had a great neighborhood for young professionals. Downtown is where the biggest push is happening to build a more vital place to live and go out at night. A development effort is making progress in building that culture and it has a lot going for it. Two professional sports teams play there, a significant art community is growing there, restaurants and bars are going up, and even more significantly several thousand residential apartment and condo units have gone up to house the newbies excited to live within walking distance of there they work and now can go out.

  • Downtown
  • Uptown

Old West End


Toledo doesn’t have a single dedicated neighborhood for the LGBTQ+ community but one of the most popular is the Old West End. Filled with historic 19th and early 20th century homes, the neighborhood enjoys great pride in the architecture, but also in the festivals and local community events that fill the calendar during the year. - - Old West End

  • Old West End



Westgate is one of the hottest neighborhoods for families in Toledo. Big, inexpensive homes, on large lots along tree-lined streets, what’s not to like. It also has a big collection of restaurants, bars and great shopping so while you get the suburban homes and streets, you also get the benefits of a vibrant commercial district. Deveaux is another ideal neighborhood to check out first. It has beautiful historic and new homes, plenty of community parks for the rugrats to play in, and most importantly, one of the best elementary schools in the city.

  • Westgate
  • Deveaux
  • Perrysburg (suburb)