Toledo began as a French trading post and the location of Fort Industry, established in 1805 as the western boundary of the United States. When the Wabash and Erie Canal were to be extended, two towns on the Maumee River merged to become a more desirable terminus for the canal, and the inhabitants chose the name Toledo. The city grew quickly once the canal was completed, positioning Toledo as a hub for rail companies, furniture producers, carriage makers, breweries, and glass manufacturers. Throughout the 20th century, Toledo continued as an industrial center, experiencing economic decline during the depression and again as manufacturing moved offshore. With a solid industrial base and an orientation toward innovation, Toledo is poised to become a leader in the new manufacturing technology.
Toledo is certainly a four season city, with warm, humid summers reaching an average high in the 80 °F range, and winter lows going below 0 °F on occasion. Winters are cold and somewhat snowy, but with far less snow than the Snow Belt cities further east, including Cleveland. Spring and summer tend to be damp, with higher rainfall than autumn and winter.
Driving in Toledo is convenient, with most destinations taking no more than 20 minutes to reach. The Toledo Express Airport offers connecting flights to Chicago and direct flights to three destinations in Florida, and the Detroit Metropolitan Airport is just 45 minutes to the north with non-stop flights across the nation. Transportation is handled by the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority, with bus routes handling most destinations within the city.
The cost of living in Toledo is 13%-18% lower than the national average, meaning your dollars go further. Housing is particularly affordable, giving you room to choose more desirable neighborhoods within your budget. Use these cost of living calculators to determine how your budget matches living in Toledo.
The Toledo City School District is comprised of 55 schools with nearly 32,000 K-12 students in attendance. Several public schools in the district are outstanding, including Ottawa Hills Elementary and High Schools, the Toledo Early College High School, the Toledo Technology Academy, and the Toledo School for the Arts.
If you love being near the water, Point Place is an attractive and affordable neighborhood in Toledo, with homes on Maumee Bay. If you prefer to be inland, Beverly sits along the Maumee River. There are nearly limitless options for homes at attractive prices in the Toledo area.
Hotels in Toledo are plentiful and affordable, providing a wide selection of choices. The Grand Plaza Hotel is centrally located on Toledo's riverfront and a short walk from restaurants, shopping, SeaGate Center, and the Toledo Museum of Art. For a quirky adventure, consider the B&B Railroad Depot Bed & Breakfast just 10 minutes outside Toledo. The owners of this residential bed and breakfast installed a 1/8 scale steam engine with cars people can ride, along with over 2,000 feet of railroad track on their property. Use the links below to explore more places to stay in Toledo.
From trendy to ethnic, Toledo restaurants will appeal to every taste. The locals rave about Tony Packo's, a distinctive Hungarian restaurant and local institution. The Beirut on Monroe Street serves authentic Lebanese cuisine, and for Italian, there's nothing better than LaScola, a local favorite in the South Toledo neighborhood. If you want something simpler like burgers and barbecue, Shorty's True American Roadhouse will fill the bill. Use the links below to find great eats in Toledo.
The Toledo Museum of Art's collection of more than 30,000 works is considered one of the finest in the USA. The collection includes decorative arts, glass, paintings and sculptures, with many of the finest pieces displayed among 35 galleries. The Toledo Zoo is another local treasure, with more than 9,000 animals representing over 800 species. The Toledo Firefighters Museum offers a unique insight into the firefighting equipment of the past, housed in a vintage firehouse. If you want to learn about the history of shipping on the great lakes, the Great Lakes Maritime Museum not only educates, it also offers the opportunity to tour a cargo vessel that traveled the Great Lakes waterways.