These Are The 10 Best Toledo Suburbs For 2019

We analyzed over 24 places around Toledo to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best Toledo suburbs.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Toledo are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

If you happen to be a resident of Ottawa Hills, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Toledo ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Toledo for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Toledo was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2013-2017) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Toledo.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 24 suburbs to evaluate around Toledo.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 24 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near Toledo.” We’re lookin’ at you, Ottawa Hills.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

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Population: 4,469
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $123,462
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 1.7%
More on Ottawa Hills: Real Estate | Data

Ottawa Hills is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Toledo area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Ottawa Hills.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $123,462 a year, which is the 1st highest in the Toledo region. And only 3.3% are out of work. Homes average more than $269,900 each.

Perrysburg, OH

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Population: 21,327
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $87,947
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
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Perrysburg is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Toledo for 2019.

It ranks 2nd for incomes in the area and only 4.1% of residents lack insurance, good for 8th best.

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Population: 4,452
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Income: $87,683
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 5.6%
More on Whitehouse: Real Estate | Data

Here in Whitehouse, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Toledo metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Whitehouse.

Sylvania, OH

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Population: 18,857
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $71,889
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 6.7%
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Sylvania ranks as the 4th best suburb of Toledo for 2019.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Sylvania and the schools are some of the best around.

Waterville, OH

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Population: 5,476
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $86,531
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Waterville.

Waterville gets kudos for having the 4th most expensive homes in the Toledo area, where houses sell for an average of $173,300. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Rossford, OH

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Population: 6,495
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $61,682
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Poverty Rate: 6.1%
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Rossford is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 1.7% which is 2nd best in the area.

According to online reports, Rossford is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Toledo area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Milan, MI

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Population: 5,965
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $68,403
Unemployment Rate: 6.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.1%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Milan.

Milan schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 29.2 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Maumee, OH

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Population: 13,917
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $66,020
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 7.9%
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Maumee is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 5.1% of people lack insurance, good for 11th in the area.

Woodville, OH

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Population: 2,207
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $55,652
Unemployment Rate: 1.0%
Poverty Rate: 9.5%
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Is ‘Everything Better In Woodville?’


It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Swanton, OH

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Population: 3,667
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $57,446
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 8.8%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Swanton.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best Toledo ‘Burbs of 2019

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Toledo, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

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Detailed List Of The Best Toledo Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Ottawa Hills 4,469 $123,462
2 Perrysburg 21,327 $87,947
3 Whitehouse 4,452 $87,683
4 Sylvania 18,857 $71,889
5 Waterville 5,476 $86,531
6 Rossford 6,495 $61,682
7 Milan 5,965 $68,403
8 Maumee 13,917 $66,020
9 Woodville 2,207 $55,652
10 Swanton 3,667 $57,446
11 Delta 3,178 $60,927
12 Bowling Green 31,529 $33,794
13 Walbridge 3,093 $38,613
14 Carleton 2,364 $57,500
15 Dundee 4,049 $47,353
16 Northwood 5,358 $59,009
17 Genoa 2,236 $54,321
18 Oregon 20,085 $55,523
19 Oak Harbor 2,726 $43,456
20 Monroe 20,128 $47,559
21 Blissfield 3,372 $47,232
22 Wauseon 7,075 $47,885
23 Gibsonburg 2,693 $50,603
24 Adrian 20,743 $36,336

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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