Known as the Glass City and situated on Lake Erie, Toledo is a city with a lot to offer its residents. Many feel that Toledo is — with its low of cost of living, lots of community activities and friendly neighborhoods — the best-kept secret in the Mid-West. Less expensive than Chicago, Toledo offers a wide range of amenities, from a world-class museum to a world-class hot dog.

Downtown Toledo offers a plethora of local microbreweries, boutiques and al fresco dining. Local favorites include the aforementioned Hungarian hotdog joint Packos Cafe and the soul food favorite Josephine's Kitchen. Wash it all down with a tasty pint from Black Cloister Brewing or stop by for a beer (or two) from the smaller, local favorite Black Frog Brewery. Summertime is the best time in Toledo, with lots of al fresco dining options and concert series set in the great outdoors. Another warm-weather community builder is Toledo's Downtown Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA), which allows patrons of 24 participating establishments to meander with their friends through a designated area with (a moderate) amount of alcohol.

Art lovers take joy in what is perhaps the most significant draw of the city, the Toledo Museum of Art. With masterpieces by Renoir and Rembrandt, the museum offers world-class exhibits and events to residents. Families flock to other area attractions, like the Toledo Zoo and the hands-on Imagination Station science museum.

Real estate in Toledo is accessible to first-time home buyers and seasoned buyers alike. Average home prices hover around $80,000, with new homes hitting the market every day. Excellent suburban school systems continue to draw families to popular neighborhoods like Franklin Park and Old West End, and residents can tap into job opportunities at nearby hospitals, the University of Toledo and General Motors. Buying a home in Toledo means you're buying into a long-standing community with good job prospects and a vibrant, growing city.