Best Toledo Suburbs To Live For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth 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...

What's the best suburb of Toledo? Ottawa Hills ranks as the best suburb of Toledo for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. 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.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.
Or feel free to check out some more reading about Ohio:

The 10 Best Toledo Suburbs To Live For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 4,436
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $139,559
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 0.9%
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 $139,559 a year, which is the 1st highest in the Toledo region. And only 1.84% are out of work. Homes average more than $300,800 each.

Waterville, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,484
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Median Income: $90,523
Unemployment Rate: 1.0%
Poverty Rate: 2.0%
More on Waterville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Waterville is the second best 'burb we looked at near Toledo for 2020.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 0.49% of residents lack insurance, good for 1st best.

Perrysburg, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 21,430
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $91,281
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.0%
More on Perrysburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Perrysburg, 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 Perrysburg.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,713
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $87,955
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
More on Whitehouse: Real Estate | Data

Whitehouse ranks as the 4th best suburb of Toledo for 2020.

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

Sylvania, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 18,928
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $71,563
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 7.6%
More on Sylvania: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Sylvania.

Sylvania gets kudos for having the 5th most expensive homes in the Toledo area, where houses sell for an average of $169,700. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Milan, MI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,944
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $70,227
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Milan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 3.52% which is 10th 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.

Rossford, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,507
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $61,310
Unemployment Rate: 0.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.7%
More on Rossford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Maumee, OH

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 13,857
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $70,288
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 7.1%
More on Maumee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 4.91% of people lack insurance, good for 14th in the area.

Woodville, OH

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,118
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $61,630
Unemployment Rate: 1.0%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%
More on Woodville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Swanton, OH

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 3,637
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $59,306
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 7.8%
More on Swanton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2020 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.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Toledo for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs 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 for 2014-2018 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. You can download the data here.

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.

Welcome to the Best Toledo 'Burbs of 2020

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.

For more Ohio reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Toledo Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Ottawa Hills, OH 4,436 $139,559
2 Waterville, OH 5,484 $90,523
3 Perrysburg, OH 21,430 $91,281
4 Whitehouse, OH 4,713 $87,955
5 Sylvania, OH 18,928 $71,563
6 Milan, OH 5,944 $70,227
7 Rossford, OH 6,507 $61,310
8 Maumee, OH 13,857 $70,288
9 Woodville, OH 2,118 $61,630
10 Swanton, OH 3,637 $59,306
11 Dundee, OH 4,133 $54,861
12 Wauseon, OH 7,531 $54,109
13 Northwood, OH 5,383 $63,816
14 Bowling Green, OH 31,541 $35,310
15 Delta, OH 3,210 $61,838
16 Carleton, OH 2,399 $57,841
17 Genoa, OH 2,221 $57,604
18 Walbridge, OH 3,110 $41,119
19 Oregon, OH 20,012 $56,599
20 Oak Harbor, OH 2,724 $43,011
21 Blissfield, OH 3,194 $46,838
22 Monroe, OH 19,947 $49,878
23 Gibsonburg, OH 2,591 $51,591
24 Adrian, OH 20,640 $37,075

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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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