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Sylvania was founded by General David White who acquired the title to a considerable tract of land which would become Sylvania. Sylvania was incorporated into a village in 1867 and reached city status on January 1, 1961. In the 2010 Census, our population was 18,965. Our largest employer is Flower Hospital.

The city neighbors Toledo to the east and is easily reached via US 23 and I-475, offering quick access to the Ohio Turnpike and I-75. Detroit Metropolitan Airport is less than one hour away and Toledo Express Airport is located 10 miles southwest of Sylvania. Sylvania is served by TARTA which makes connections via bus to the Greater Toledo Metropolitan area.


The city is administered by a Mayor/Council form of government and has a fulltime professional City Police Department and a fire department which serves both the city and township.
Sylvania is a great place for families and business. Sylvania’s quality of life is one of the highest in northwest Ohio with excellent schools, a wide variety of recreational programs and venues, quality health care and safe, quiet neighborhoods. The Sylvania Schools have drawn families to Sylvania for decades and Lourdes University offers a growing array of classes and degrees.


The City of Sylvania is regarded as one of the area’s most desirable residential communities with tree-lined streets, attractive neighborhoods and beautiful parks. From upscale single family homes through retirement communities, the area offers abundant residential options in every price range.
Sylvania is annually given the designation as a Tree City, USA. Recreational and cultural activities are available for all age groups. Sylvania has many parks, playing fields, two indoor ice arenas, an indoor soccer facility and two country clubs, one that is home to the annual LPGA Marathon Classic Golf Tournament.


There are numerous opportunities for commerce, retail and industry. The business climate is favorable to growth and expansion, and many companies large and small make the city their home. From the historic downtown to the growing business areas to the expansive Flower Hospital campus, Sylvania is a great place for business


The City of Sylvania has it all, from excellent educational opportunities, recreational activities, beautiful parks and senior center activities to outstanding public safety and city services. You won’t find a better place to live, work and raise your family than right here in the City of Sylvania.


Bill Sanford, Economic Development Director
City of Sylvania
6730 Monroe Street
Sylvania, Ohio 43560

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