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Toledo is known for its glass industries, diverse culture, historic buildings, ethnic dining options, first-class museums, outdoor recreational activities and several cultural attractions. Did you know that Toledo is a major producer of glass and auto parts? Did you know that Toledo is called as “the Glass City”? Read on some more interesting facts on Toledo, Ohio.

Fifth Third Field in TOledo
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Toledo Geographic and Demographic Fast Facts

  • Toledo is located in northwest Ohio, on the edge of Lake Erie. 
  • It is situated near the crossroads of three main Interstate highways: Interstate-75, Interstate-80, and Interstate-90.
  • It is the fourth most populous in the United States.
  • It is the sixty-seventh largest city in the US.
  • It is within 4-5 hours drive from many large cities- Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Columbus, Chicago, Cincinnati and Dayton. 
  • The ethnic composition of Toledo includes: 64.8%-White, 61.4%- Non Hispanic, 27.2%- Black or African American, 7.4%- Latino or Hispanic, 1.1%-Asian.

Toledo History Fast Facts

  • In 1833, Toledo was founded and was part of Monroe County, Michigan.
  • It was claimed by Michigan as well as Ohio, which led to the “1835 Toledo War”. 
  • In 1837, after the end of Toledo War, Toledo was re-founded and incorporated as a part of Ohio. 
  • Since 1837, Toledo was called as the “Glass City” because of its significant contribution in the glass industry.
  • The city was the part of the Underground Railroad transferring slaves to Canada in 1850.
  • It became the hub for many railroad companies in the last half of nineteenth century.
  • It became one of the largest cities in Ohio by 1880.

Toledo Government and Economy Fast Facts

  • Toledo has a mayor-council type of government.
  • Toledo is known for its health care, education, art community, sports and industrial manufacturing. 
  • Many Fortune 500 automotive companies have their headquarters here, including Dana Holding Corporation, Electric AutoLite, Champion Spark Plug, Sheller-Globe Corporation.


Toledo Important and Interesting Fast Facts

  • Toledo is nicknamed as “the Glass City”, “Frogtown”, and “T-Town”.
  • Toledo is the Mud Hens’ Territory. The Mud Hens are a minor league baseball’s oldest team.
  • Michael Owens, Toledo inventor created the first automated bottle-bowling machine in the world. 
  • The Toledo Zoo is among the US ten best zoos and it was the first one to have a hippoquarium-style exhibit. 
  • Toledo is home to Ohio’s largest institution of higher learning- the University of Toledo.
  • Toledo people call soda “Pop”.
  • Katie Homes and Jamie Far are from Toledo.
  • The city has its own theme song- “We’re Strong for Toledo”.
  • The hot dog sauce of Tony Packo’s was sent to outer space in 1997 on the space shuttle of Columbia. 
  • The primary newspaper in Toledo is The Blade.
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