Life in Toledo

Evening Skyline

Downtown Toledo is the heart and soul of a resurging region. The streets are alive. New companies, investment and jobs are flowing in. The offices, the sidewalks, the shops and restaurants are thriving. It’s an energy you can feel. The city has a hum, a pulse, a vibe and a cosmopolitan character all its own. Our people are re-energizing the downtown, and they’re going places. Enjoying the Maumee River. Taking in a ballgame. Going to a gallery. Loving the nightlife. The center of a nine-county region of more than 600,000 people in Northwest Ohio, Toledo is a family-oriented city. People who move here are amazed at the maximum "20-minutes-by-car" time it takes to get anywhere in town.

Source: Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce

A Crossroads Community


Situated on the Maumee River, a gateway to the St. Lawrence Seaway, Toledo is a transportation hub. The two major north-south and east-west interstates meet here, placing Toledo less than an hour from Detroit and four hours from Chicago. Lake Erie and its wonderful recreation opportunities are a short ride away.


Source: Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce

Shannon Flores
District Manager, Food Services/Child Nutrition

My favorite thing about Toledo is all the great activities in the area. From the museum, to the parks, the farmers market, our fabulous zoo and the variety of local restaurants that you can't find anywhere else. There is never a loss for things to do whether it's family activities or fun with friends. Going to Mudhens or Walleye games are at the top of my list for both.

Angela Hickman-Richburg
Principal, Rosa Parks Elementary School

I love Toledo because it's a great place to raise a family! Also, the cost of living is affordable compared to our surrounding major cities.

Things to Do & Local Attractions

Toledo Zoo
Source: Toledo Zoo and Aquarium
Toledo Zoo & Aquarium
Things to do in The Toledo Region extend across every season and to everyone. From the Roller Coaster Capital of the World on the shores of Lake Erie to much of America’s greatest living history, the Toledo Region is filled with must-see attractions you can experience over and over again. This is a gateway to an incredible array of second-to-none activities for the naturalist, history-buff, arts-lover and recreational adventurer. According to the Trust for Public Land, 77% of Toledoans are within a 10-minute walk from a city park. Small businesses and local restaurants thrive in the Toledo community.


Source: Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce

Toledo Walking
Source: MetroParks Toledo
MetroParks Toledo

World-Class Higher Education

University of Toledo
Source: University of Toledo

Nearly three dozen schools of higher education are located within 60 miles of Toledo equaling one of the highest such concentrations in the U.S. This includes respected universities such as Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo.

In addition to amazing learning opportunities, you’ll be able to cheer on your favorite college teams from Bowling Green State University’s Falcons to the University of Toledo’s Rockets.

Source: Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
Source: Bowling Green State University
University Basketball
Source: University of Toledo
BGSU Football
Source: Isaiah Vazquez via Bowling Green State University

Find Your Community


The Toledo Region offers a mix of unique communities and lifestyles that are close to shopping, work, schools, and more. With less time commuting, you’ll have more time to live. Our diverse mix of neighborhoods offers a variety of ways for you to make your home and enjoy life in our region. From East Toledo and its' famous Tony Packo's restaurant to the historic homes of the Old West End, from north to south, there's a place for everyone. And everyone is served by the Toledo Public Schools.

Source: Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce

Links to Area Resources

Patti Roberts
Treasury Specialist, Accounts Payable Department

I love Toledo because of the history and people of the city. We are famous for Libbey Glass, the Jeep Plant, and Tony Packo's Restaurant. We also have beautiful Victorian homes in the Old West End, the Polish Village area, and Oak Shade Grove, which hosts the German American Festival every year. With so much culture in just 83 square miles, what's not to love?

Awards and Recognition

#3 Best Mid-Sized Metro in Economic Development
Site Selection, 2018

Top Tier for LGBTQ Inclusiveness
The Human Rights Campaign, 2020

2nd in Ohio and 15th in Nation for Cities with Best Work-Life Balance
Smart Asset, 2018

National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Parks and Recreation Management
American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, 2020