Not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Toledo.
So the question arises, do the suburbs maintain a semblance of the larger-than-life appeal of their more famous neighbor?
Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Toledo ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Toledo area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the suburbs to live up to Toledo proper, although Ottawa Hills certainly tries.
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…
We examined the 24 biggest suburbs of Toledo to find out the worst places to live. And while you won’t necessarily find them on the worst places to live in Ohio lists, these ten places are a little too far downwind of Toledo in terms of quality of life.
Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Toledo for 2019:
- Wauseon (Photos)
- Monroe (Photos)
- Oak Harbor (Photos)
- Oregon (Photos)
- Genoa (Photos)
- Northwood (Photos)
Read on to see how we determined the places around Toledo that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.
And remember, there are some good places to live around Toledo too.
Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the worst 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.
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Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Toledo for 2019
To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things.
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent American Community Survey data from 2013-2017, this is the criteria we used:
- High unemployment rate
- Low median household incomes
- Low population density (no things to do)
- Low home values
- A lot of high school drop outs
- High poverty
- High rate of uninsured families
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 “worst”.
Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.
And finally, we crowned the city with the worst quality of life index the “Worst Suburb near Toledo.” We’re lookin’ at you, Adrian.
Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the worst of the worst. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from worst to best.
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $36,336 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $73,700 (1st lowest)
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We’ll get the ball rolling with Adrian, the absolute worst place to live around Toledo according to the data.
And in the world of worst rankings, Adrian beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 2nd worst in the Toledo area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 1st worst when it comes to home values.
But hey, at least it’s cheap to live there. But there’s a reason for that… it’s Adrian.
You won’t feel bad about not having a great income for the area, there aren’t a bunch of places to spend your money anyway.
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $50,603 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.5% (7th highest)
Median Home Value: $91,400 (3rd lowest)
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Welcome to Gibsonburg. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.
This city is 23.2 miles to Toledo. Income levels here are the 9th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $50,603 a year, which doesn’t go a long ways even on a shoestring budget.
But on the bright side, there are a lot of fast food joints in the area.
Back up the highway we go for the third worst Toledo suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Wauseon on here. While the cost of living is low, your entertainment and work options are limited. And that’s an understatement.
In terms of numbers, it’s in the worst 15% for insurance, and the adult high school drop out rate is poor compared to other Toledo suburbs.
But at least there are nice parks to bring the kids during the day.
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Median Income: $47,232 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.9% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $101,000 (4th lowest)
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If you live in Blissfield, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 5th lowest Toledo suburb when it comes to residents making money.
Not only that, but this is the 10th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Toledo. Remember, we looked at 24 cities for this study.
Blissfield is about 18.6 miles to downtown.
Monroe has the distinction of being a Toledo suburb. Which means that’s about all it has going for it.
All snarkiness aside, Monroe has the 8th lowest home values in the metro Toledo area, where the median price is $110,900. To put that into perspective, in Ottawa Hills, the median income is $123,462, which is the best in the area.
Monroe has an unemployment rate of 7.9% which ranks 3rd worst.
Oak Harbor has 2,726 residents that probably know it’s a pretty crummy place to live when you look at the data. (Or, if you’ve ever been there, you don’t need to look at the data.)
Incomes are towards the bottom and the poverty rate sits at 15.2%.
Ah, Oregon. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Toledo.
It’s the place with the 8th most out of work residents in the Toledo metro area (6.2%).
Genoa is a city about 15.1 miles from Toledo, but Toledo probably wishes it was further away. It ranks as the 8th worst burb for 2018.
You’d be hard pressed to find a worse place to live. Genoa has the 6th most uninsured people, 10th worst incomes, and has the 11th highest unemployment rate (4.9%) in the entire Toledo metro area.
Homes only cost $101,000 for a reason. That’s cheap for Toledo standards.
If you absolutely have to live near Toledo, then Northwood might be a place for you to consider as it’s only the 9th worst Toledo suburb.
About 6.6% of residents are out of work.
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 8)
Median Income: $47,353 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (16th highest)
Median Home Value: $126,500 (12th lowest)
More on Dundee: Data
Rounding out the ten worst Toledo suburbs to call home is Dundee.
Located 21.2 miles outside the city, Dundees is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 15th highest unemployment rate (4.4%), and poverty is far above the area average.
The areas around Toledo where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2019
Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding Toledo with Adrian casting itself ahead of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Toledo aren’t all bad. Ottawa Hills takes the cake as the best place to live around Toledo.
- Ottawa Hills
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