These Are The 10 Best Toledo Suburbs For 2018


We analyzed over 24 places around Toledo to identify the most kickass place to live.

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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…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around Toledo for 2018:

  1. Ottawa Hills (Homes)
  2. Perrysburg (Photos | Homes)
  3. Sylvania (Photos | Homes)
  4. Waterville (Photos | Homes)
  5. Whitehouse (Homes)
  6. Milan (Homes)
  7. Rossford (Photos | Homes)
  8. Maumee (Photos | Homes)
  9. Woodville (Photos | Homes)
  10. Swanton (Photos | Homes)

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 2018

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 (2012-2016) 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.

1. Ottawa Hills


Population: 4,497
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Median Home Price: $273,400
Median Income: $118,700
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 $118,700 a year, which is the 1st highest in the Toledo region. And only 3.3% are out of work. Homes average more than $273,400 each.

2. Perrysburg

Perrysburg, Ohio

Source: Public domain

Population: 21,367
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Median Home Price: $194,200
Median Income: $84,508
More on Perrysburg: Real Estate | Data
Perrysburg is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Toledo for 2018.

It ranks 2nd for incomes in the area and only 3.7% of residents lack insurance, good for 4th best.

3. Sylvania

Sylvania, Ohio

Source: Public domain

Population: 18,882
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Median Home Price: $165,900
Median Income: $72,936
More on Sylvania: Real Estate | Data
Here in Sylvania, 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 Sylvania.

4. Waterville

Waterville, Ohio

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,496
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Median Home Price: $175,500
Median Income: $79,293
More on Waterville: Real Estate | Data
Waterville ranks as the 4th best suburb of Toledo for 2018.

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

5. Whitehouse


Population: 4,378
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Median Home Price: $184,900
Median Income: $76,133
More on Whitehouse: Real Estate | Data
Coming in as the fifth best is Whitehouse.

Whitehouse gets kudos for having the 3rd most expensive homes in the Toledo area, where houses sell for an average of $184,900. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Milan


Population: 5,917
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%
Median Home Price: $137,900
Median Income: $65,326
More on Milan: Real Estate | Data
Milan 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 6.9% which is 17th best in the area.

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

7. Rossford

Rossford, Ohio

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,514
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Median Home Price: $132,100
Median Income: $61,485
More on Rossford: Real Estate | Data
The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Rossford.

Rossford 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 4.8 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. Maumee

Maumee, Ohio

Population: 14,018
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Median Home Price: $128,900
Median Income: $63,043
More on Maumee: Real Estate | Data
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 4.7% of people lack insurance, good for 9th in the area.

9. Woodville

Woodville, Ohio

Population: 2,078
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Median Home Price: $128,500
Median Income: $50,676
More on Woodville: Real Estate | Data
Is ‘Everything Better In Woodville?’

Almost.

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.

10. Swanton

Swanton, Ohio

Population: 3,755
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Median Home Price: $127,600
Median Income: $52,452
More on Swanton: Real Estate | Data
And rounding out the top ten for 2018 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 2018

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 Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Ottawa Hills 4,497 3.3% $273,400 $118,700
2 Perrysburg 21,367 4.8% $194,200 $84,508
3 Sylvania 18,882 4.1% $165,900 $72,936
4 Waterville 5,496 2.1% $175,500 $79,293
5 Whitehouse 4,378 5.2% $184,900 $76,133
6 Milan 5,917 6.9% $137,900 $65,326
7 Rossford 6,514 4.0% $132,100 $61,485
8 Maumee 14,018 4.2% $128,900 $63,043
9 Woodville 2,078 1.9% $128,500 $50,676
10 Swanton 3,755 4.8% $127,600 $52,452
11 Bowling Green 31,641 8.8% $157,900 $33,562
12 Delta 3,271 9.0% $113,200 $50,924
13 Oregon 20,137 6.8% $130,200 $55,157
14 Walbridge 3,072 2.8% $89,000 $39,826
15 Oak Harbor 2,741 2.9% $112,300 $42,394
16 Carleton 2,352 6.3% $94,300 $50,972
17 Genoa 2,352 5.0% $98,800 $53,169
18 Blissfield 3,200 7.5% $97,700 $48,026
19 Northwood 5,337 9.5% $108,300 $57,488
20 Wauseon 7,059 5.7% $119,100 $48,750
21 Monroe 20,243 9.4% $105,700 $45,055
22 Gibsonburg 2,717 5.9% $90,700 $50,761
23 Dundee 3,936 9.1% $123,100 $44,788
24 Adrian 20,800 11.1% $69,300 $33,921

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