Information about Toledo, Ohio
Located on Lake Erie, at the mouth of the Maumee River, Toledo developed as a shipping point for canal boats carrying grain and other agricultural products through the Erie Canal system. Its population was estimated at 281,031 in 2014, based on U.S. Census Bureau figures. Approximately 65 percent of residents identified as white in 2010, followed by more than 27 percent as African American or black and over seven percent as Hispanic or Latino. The city's median household income was $33,485 for 2010-2014, significantly lower than the statewide median of $48,849.
Toledo has a rich cultural scene, thanks to the Toledo Ballet Association, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo Opera Association and Toledo Symphony Orchesta. Other attractions include the Toledo Botanical Garden, the city's Amish community, the Ritter Planetarium and the Toledo Zoo & Aquarium. The city's winters can be unpredictable, but summers typically remain pleasant with the cool winds off Lake Erie.
Education in Toledo
The University of Toledo is the largest postsecondary school in the city, with an enrollment of nearly 20,700 as of Fall 2014. This public school offers associate's through doctoral degrees, along with undergraduate and graduate certificates.
Mercy College of Ohio, also located in Toledo, is a private school with just about 1,200 students in Fall 2014. Mercy College confers certificates, as well as associate's and bachelor's degrees.
Economy of Toledo
Healthcare is the largest industry in Toledo, with HCR Manor Care Inc. - which provides short- and long-term care - calling the city home. Other top employers in Toledo include ProMedica Health Systems, Mercy Health Partners and the University of Toledo main and health science campuses. Due to the proximity of Lake Erie, shipping is also one of the area's major industries.