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    Ottawa Hills #1 Best Place to Raise a Family in Ohio

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    Ottawa Hills receives ranking of #1 best place to raise a family in Ohio by Niche! Likewise, the website also ranked the Village of Ottawa Hills the 2nd Best Place to Live in Ohio! This annual ranking report by Niche provides a comprehensive review of factors that are important to families. According to Niche, “key factors such as the quality of local schools, safety, affordability, and access to family amenities… measure the appeal of an area for families.”

    About Ottawa Hills

    Niche describes Ottawa Hills as, “a suburb of Toledo with a population of 4,450. Ottawa Hills is in Lucas County and is one of the best places to live in Ohio. Living in Ottawa Hills offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes.”

    The Village of Ottawa Hills boasts top rated public schools. In fact, Niche gave Ottawa Hills School District an A+ rating in 2021! Read our blog on Ottawa Hills High School ranked the #1 school in Ohio, by U.S. News in 2020, here. Near Ottawa Hills there are many options for restaurants, grocery shopping, coffee shops, in addition to parks. In the same vein, Ottawa Hills is in close proximity to the Toledo Zoo and the Toledo Museum of Art. You can watch the Mudhens or Walleye teams play baseball or hockey respectively, with just a quick drive to downtown Toledo.

    This is unique community where residents feel close ties to one another and the school. Several organizations within the village provide residents with fun, engaging, and educational opportunities. The mix of old homes, as well as mature trees, provide a charming setting to enjoy family activities.

    Buying a Home in Ottawa Hills

    The Effler Schmitt Co. team is the #1 Agent team in Ottawa Hills, according to 2020 data from the Northwest Ohio Realtors Association. Contact the Effler Schmitt Co. team by emailing us at sold(at)effler(dotted)com, or calling our office at 419.537.1113. You can also visit to view our current property listings.

    About Niche

    Niche is a market leader that “connects people to their future schools, neighborhoods, and workplaces,” according to their website. With over 140 million reviews and ratings, Niche helps families find the right communities for them.

    Best Place to Raise a Family Rankings

    Rankings for the 2021 Best Places to Raise a Family in Ohio are based on carefully collected information from numerous quality sources. For rankings specific for best places to raise a family, information on ethnic, generational, and economic diversity are considered. Additionally, outdoor activities, walkability, weather, air quality and access to parks and other recreational opportunities is included. Access to family amenities such as parks, library, cultural activities, and other family-oriented activities are included. The number of children in the community aged 0-17, and the percentage of those children that live below the poverty line are also considered. Percentage of residents with a bachelor’s degree or higher make up part of the data. Also, home values, property taxes, housing costs, and cost of living are included.

    Best Place to Raise a Family Data Sources

    Data is pulled from multiple sources to provide the full assessment of best places to raise a family. For example, the US Census Bureau provides information on population, home value, and income levels. Likewise, the US Census Bureau is used as a source for areas and boundaries. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is used as a source for crime statistics. Weather and National Climate data information is obtained from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The consumer price index is used to provide a grade on cost of living.

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