TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Research shows that Toledo is a place millennials should like twice at for a place to live, or even just an unexpected weekend getaway.
Livability, a website that showcases America's best places to live, describes The Glass City as "an affordable, welcoming city that's packed with culture and opportunity."
And they have 5 reasons to back that up.
Livability says Toledo's downtown is vibrant and evolving. The Mud Hens call downtown home in Fifth Third Field, as well as dozens of bars, restaurants and other businesses in the Warehouse District and Riverfront areas. There are also more and more places to stay downtown, from new apartments and condos to hotels such as Renaissance Toledo. The website goes on to say the move of ProMedica headquarters to downtown did wonders for Toledo's urban renewal.
2. Arts Scene
Toledo has an arts scene that rivals that of a big city. The biggest player in this is the Toledo Museum of Art. The world-renowned museum boasts pieces of art by Picasso, van Gogh and Matisse as well as its section of beautiful glass works. Other factors is making Toledo's art scene what it is include the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, the Toledo Ballet Association and the Toledo Opera along with theaters such as the Stranahan and the Valentine.
3. The Metroparks
The city of Toledo wants to give everyone a chance to enjoy the great outdoors. Right now,, 77% of residents are within a 10-minute walk from a city park, according to Livability. City and Metroparks leaders hope to someday soon raise that number to 100%. The parks feature trails for walking and hiking, as well as outdoor activities like fishing, archery, birding and ice skating. The Secor Metropark is also home to the National Center of Nature Photography.
4. Something to do for Everyone
There's no shortage of things to do in Toledo, no matter what your hobbies or interests are. Sports fans can catch a Mud Hens or Walleye game, enjoy one of the many Metroparks, check out the Toledo Zoo or enjoy a number of artistic ventures. Toledo is also close to Put-in-Bay and Cedar Point. The possibilities are endless.
5. Historical and Affordable Neighborhoods
Toledo's Old West End neighborhood has one of the largest collections of Victorian and Edwardian homes in the country, according to Livability. It is also home to the Old West End Festival, which gives you the opportunity to tour some of these homes. The Old Orchard neighborhood is conveniently located near the University of Toledo and boasts English Tudor and brick Colonial-style homes. Livability said the neighborhood was also once home to the original writer of the "Nancy Drew" series, Millie Benson, who wrote under the pen name Carolyn Keene.
No matter what you like to do or how you like to do it, there's no denying that Toledo has options. Research proves it!