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Best Cities 2010: Toledo, OH

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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