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-Central location
-Cost of living
-Nearby water recreation


-Weak employment
-Industrial feel
-Gloomy winters

What Bert Has To Say About Toledo Metro Area

Toledo is a hardworking city that would like to outrun its image, and generally brings more to the table than meets the eye. It is a major Great Lakes port, transportation, and industrial center with concentrations in auto parts and glassmaking. While these businesses haven’t fared well recently, Toledo has been spared some of the worst.

The strategic central location among markets and major east-west and north-south routes has made it a favorite crossroads location for transportation providers, including UPS and BAX, and the area is a popular residence for business travelers covering other parts of the East and Midwest. The downtown is unremarkable but improving slowly with some attractive new waterfront developments, but there are some gritty areas (particularly north of town). Good neighborhoods extend mainly south and west along the Anthony Wayne Parkway towards the airport, including the attractive suburbs of Maumee and Perrysville.

Prior industrial endowments have brought some better-than-average museums and cultural amenities. The venerable Toledo Mud Hens minor-league baseball team and a good zoo are part of a healthy entertainment picture. Civic pride among local residents runs strong. Amenities and services missing locally are available in Detroit (60 miles north) or Cleveland (115 miles east). Sandusky (60 miles east) is an excellent recreation destination. The location on Lake Erie’s western shore gives better winters than other parts of northern Ohio, but climate is hardly an attraction.

The city is located at the mouth of the Maumee River. Except for a 30-foot riverbank, the terrain is generally level with only a slight slope toward the river and Lake Erie. Climate is continental with some moderating effects from Lake Erie. Summers are warm and humid while winters are cool and humid with considerable cloudiness. Winter sun shines only 30% of daylight hours, with December and January only clear 16% of the time. Snowfall, on the other hand, is generally light. A combination of flat terrain and occasionally high lake levels can result in flooding. First freeze is mid-October, last is late April.


Quick Facts About Toledo

    The unemployment rate in Toledo is 6.20 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Toledo jobs have Increased by 0.84 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Toledo's cost of living is 23.10% Lower than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Toledo's population is 287,487 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -8.09 percent.
    Average Commute time is 19 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in Toledo is $53,400. Home appreciation the last year has been 0.60 percent.
    Toledo public schools spend $14,404 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 67.3 students per teacher in Toledo.

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re: Toledo: Better than its Reputation - 10/1/2013
An international airport is quite a stretch. There are only 3 or 4 airlines that fly out/into Toledo and their fares are way higher than flying out of Detroit a half... (read more)
Toledo: Better than its Reputation
Toledo is an affordable city with an unfortunate reputation. Yes, crime is somewhat higher than average for American cities, but there are many strong neighborhoods... (read more)
Toledo sucks!
I live in a nearby suburb, Perrysburg which is considered one of the nicest suburbs in this area but I'm in Toledo at least a few times a week. I would not live in... (read more)
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