What's it like to live in Toledo, OH?


Elizabeth Xu

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Elizabeth Xu

"You will do better in Toledo," say the signs by roads into the downtown area. The slogan, which was introduced in 1913, represents the positive attitude of the Toledo's residents. Though tourists might not flock to Toledo as they do to some nearby metropolitan areas, residents know all the secrets of what makes the area great, including a low cost of living and a wealth of outdoor activities.

Known as the "Glass City" for its roots in the glass-making industry, Toledo is just a short drive from other major Great Lakes metro areas like Detroit and Cleveland. But that doesn't mean residents are quick to get out of town. Toledo is home to an array of attractions, from museums to sports venues to kid-friendly activities, which keep those who live here entertained. Big attractions include the Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo-area Metroparks and the Toledo Zoo.

Many metro areas have a bustling downtown; that's true in Toledo during the work week and when events happen at places like the Huntington Center, which hosts concerts and sporting events throughout the year. At other times, downtown can seem empty. The exception to that is along the Maumee River, where people congregate to take in the views or spend time fishing.

Rankings

U.S. News analyzed 125 metro areas in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each metro area, as well as the value of living there and people's desire to live there.

Toledo, Ohio is ranked:

#102 in Best Places to Live

#60 in Best Places to Retire

6.1

Overall

Scorecard

Best Places to Live

  • Desirability
    5.3
  • Value
    7.1
  • Job Market
    5.6
  • Quality of Life
    6.4
  • Net Migration
    4.9

Read how we rank places

Toledo, OH Quick Stats

  • 606,684

    Metro Population

  • $43,430

    Average Annual Salary

  • 59.9° / 40.6°

    Avg High/Low Temps

  • 37.3

    Median Age

  • $115,992

    Median Home Price

  • 34.2 inches

    AVG Annual Rainfall

  • 5.4%

    Unemployment Rate

  • $684

    Median Monthly Rent

  • 20.7 minutes

    Avg Commute Time

What's the cost of living in Toledo, OH?

Compared to other Ohio metro areas, the cost of living in Toledo is relatively low. Even though the average annual salary here is noticeably lower than the national average, residents are able to live comfortably. 

Value Index

Index Score: 7.1 /10

How we calculate this.


Toledo offers a better value than similarly sized metro areas when you compare housing costs to median household income.

Housing Costs this Year


Toledo
$115,992

USA
$222,408

Housing Costs Over Time

Data sourced from Zillow median home sale price data series. Additional data provided by the Austin Board of Realtors, Houston Association of Realtors, Intermountain MLS, Omaha Area Board of Realtors, San Antonio Board of Realtors, and the Salt Lake Board of Realtors.

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What's the weather like in Toledo, OH?

Toledo experiences all four seasons, with warm summers and icy winters. Get ready to experience a hefty amount of snow during the colder months.

Seasonal Temperature (Avgs)

27.8°F


Winter

48.9°F


Spring

71.5°F


Summer

52.6°F


Fall

Seasonal Rainfall (Avgs)

2.7 in


Winter

3.6 in


Spring

3.6 in


Summer

2.9 in


Fall

Monthly High and Low Temperatures (°F)

Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center.

What's the best way to get around Toledo, OH?

Many people in Toledo rely on cars as their primary mode of transportation. Driving times are reasonable, though road construction can cause delays.

The only public transportation available here is the bus. The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority, or TARTA, operates about 40 routes in the area and serves roughly 5 million people each year. However, the bus system doesn't serve every neighborhood.

Biking and walking are other options residents might consider. Most, but not all, neighborhoods have sidewalks. Bicyclists should be aware, though, that Toledo doesn't have many bike lanes.

Toledo is home to two airports, Toledo Express Airport and Toledo Executive Airport. However, residents often choose to travel about 45 minutes to the Detroit Metropolitan Airport due to its greater availability of flights. Other travel options include Amtrak, Greyhound and Megabus, all of which make stops in the metro area.

Commuting in Toledo, OH

Means of Transportation
Driving
92%
Above national average

Bicycling
0%
Equal to national average

Walking
3%
Equal to national average

Public Transit
1%
Below national average
Average Commute Time

20.7 minutes

5.4 minutes less than national average

Average Commute Times by Zip Code

Data sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey.

Who lives in Toledo, OH?

Many families and retirees call Toledo home. A number of factors make the Toledo area an attractive place for families, the first being the high quality of schools in the suburbs. The area also has kid-friendly events and activities, such as the hands-on Imagination Station science museum, located downtown.

Toledo is a very ethnically diverse place with neighborhoods reflecting the population's international roots, including Polish and Hungarian. Area events celebrate diversity, with the Greek-American Festival, the German-American Festival and the African American Festival taking place annually. Economic diversity is another reality that's hard to ignore. Nearly 28 percent of Toledo residents live in poverty.

A little less than half of Toledo residents are affiliated with a religion; Catholicism is the dominant faith here, though other forms of Christianity – not to mention Judaism and Islam – are also present.

Age Distribution

Marital Status Breakdown


More single people in Toledo than
national average

Data sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey.

What is there to do in Toledo, OH?

A mix of family-friendly activities and outdoor recreation draw a variety of people to this Ohio metro area. A portion of residents also either work for or attend classes at the University of Toledo. However, its population of more than 600,000 makes the Toledo metro area more of a place that has a university than a place that revolves around the university and its students. People of all ages will find interesting things to do here.

Toledo is heavily integrated with its suburbs, like Sylvania, Perrysburg and Ottawa Hills, so it's quite common to take advantage of restaurants and activities in those areas. Cedar Point amusement park and Put-In-Bay, an island with myriad restaurants and activities, are big attractions that are a little farther afield, but still close enough to make for an easy day trip.