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Best Cities 2010: Toledo, OH

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Best Cities 2010: Toledo, OH

A high graduation rate, reading scores and expenditures per student give this city a thumbs up for education.

City: Toledo


State: Ohio


Best Cities Overall Rank: 89


About Toledo:


The Toledo Zoo has a hippoquarium.


Impressive numbers of high school graduates, top notch reading scores and expenditures per student give this city a thumbs up for education.


County: Lucas


Population: 293,201


Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitors’ bureau website


Newspaper with the largest circulation: Toledo Blade


Toledo blogs:


Toldeo Moms
Saving Money in Toldeo
Glass City Jungle
 


Toledo‘s Facebook page: Follow Toledo on Facebook


Toledo‘s Twitter page: Follow Toledo on Twitter


 


Education rank:6


High School graduation rate 2008: 86.70%


Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 3


Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 1.02


NEAYC-accredited preschools: 7


NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 2.38


NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 269


Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 14.7


Total Expenditures Per Student: $15,350


 


Health rank: 42


Quality children’s hospitals: 2


Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.68


Quality Pediatricians: 0


Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0


Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0.33



Safety rank: 94


Violent Crimes, 2008: 3,621


Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 1,234.99


Sex Offenders: 1,156


Sex Offenders per 100,000: 394.27


 


Economy rank: 97


Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 19.30


Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 13.6


Best Performing Cities Job Index: 1,673.72


Median Home Sale Price: $66,400


5-Year Home Value Index: -5.27%


Percent of homes sold for a loss: 33.5%



Recreation Rank: 69


Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 2,206


Parkland per 100,000: 752.38


 


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