About Sylvania


Mural in the Historical Village


The City of Trees

Arts and Culture

Stimulate the mind and senses. Walk through history. See a show. Look a polar bear in the eyes. Whether you prefer symphonies and sculpture or animals and acrobats, you’ll find it here.

Business and Community Development

You’ll find that Sylvania is very business friendly and actively supportive. The Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce and the Sylvania Area Community Improvement Corporation work diligently to promote our existing commercial and industrial partners and to encourage development for a stable and growing future. Find out more.

Civic Organizations and Volunteer Opportunities

We get involved. It’s one of the many things that make this such a great community. Take your pick – the American Legion, Exchange Club, Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Kiwanis, Scouts, Jaycees and a whole host of hobby, fraternal, ethnic and personal interest groups – they’re here for you. Find out more.


Main Street, Sylvania

Commerce and Retail

Sylvania is home to a diversity of businesses and commercial sites as varied as the products and services they supply. You’ll find an ideal suite in one of our professional and business parks or locate a great site for new construction on large tracts of land available for development perfectly situated near major highways.

If you’re looking for personal financial services or commercial loans, Sylvania has several financial centers within easy reach. Major retail corridors and destination malls are just a few minutes’ drive away.


Maplewood Elementary School


One of the reasons Sylvania is such a great place to raise a family is our focus on the value of education and lifelong learning. In addition to Sylvania Public Schools, our city’s schools reflect the diversity of our community with many fine pre-K and primary learning centers and adult continuing education programs. Find out more.

In higher education, Lourdes University takes center stage within the City of Sylvania, and you’ll find many more colleges and universities in the surrounding cities and villages.

Emergency Services

In an emergency, call 911.

Whether it’s an emergency in the home or on the road, or a disaster affecting the community, the City of Sylvania’s police force, and fire department or firefighter/paramedics are highly skilled and trained to provide you with the highest quality service in your time of need. Find out more.


The City of Sylvania is governed by an elected mayor and city council. We encourage resident participation and feedback. Our ordinances can be searched hereFind out more.

Health Care

For comprehensive and specialized care, Sylvania offers exceptional facilities and programs.

Flower Hospital

Flower Hospital is a 279-bed medical facility and part of the regional ProMedica Health System.

Regency Hospital

Regency Hospital is a long-term, acute-care facility that specializes in caring for medically complex patients and others needing long-term therapies.

River Centre Clinic

River Centre Clinic (RCC) is a modern treatment facility committed to providing state of the art treatment for those suffering from eating disorders.

Sports Care

The ProMedica Sports Care program brings the benefits of world-class sports medicine, including physicians who work with Olympic and other elite athletes, to local and regional individuals and teams.



Judge William Wilson and General David White founded Sylvania in 1833, just 30 years after Ohio became a state. It was named for the dense forests that covered the area (Sylvania still has the distinction of being a Tree City). Find out more.


Local industry represents manufacturing and services provided in numerous categories: cement products, crushed limestone aggregate, tool manufacturing, concrete and plastic pipe, paving materials, door and frame manufacturing, wood products, industrial casting and agricultural produce. Find out more.


You will find the City of Sylvania in Northwest Ohio, just west of Toledo, right up against the Michigan border. Several major highways will bring you into Sylvania, including U.S. 23 and I-75 from the north and south, and I-80/90 (the Ohio Turnpike) from the east and west. Find out more.

Pacesetter Park

Pacesetter Park, Sylvania

Parks and Recreation

The joy of the outdoors is in our nature. We hold great store in playing – indoors and out – and we enjoy it in ways that cover the spectrum, from public parks, playing fields and ice arenas to tennis clubs, swimming facilities and golf courses. World-class golfers make the pilgrimage here to the Highland Meadows Golf Club for the annual Dana Open Presented by Marathon.

Public Safety

The City of Sylvania Police Division is staffed by full-time, professional law enforcement officers under the leadership of the chief of police.

The Sylvania Township Fire Department provides fire and emergency medical response for the City and Sylvania Township from four strategically located stations. Crews include skilled emergency medical services personnel certified and equipped for advanced life support assistance. Lucas County emergency medical services also cover Sylvania residents and visitors, and Sylvania is included in the county’s 911 emergency phone system.

Fire insurance ratings within the City of Sylvania are Classes 4 and 5.

Cycling and Recreation

University Parks Trail


Name it – ice hockey, college athletics, golf, track and field, tennis, marathons, fishing, championship minor league baseball, cycling, gymnastics, equestrian, soccer, bowling, volleyball, swimming, lacrosse, pool, sailing … you get the picture. Find out more.

Tax Rates

The income tax rate in the City of Sylvania is 1.5% for payroll withholding and net profit taxes. Find out more.


Communications services are available virtually any way you like – land lines, cellular, cable, wireless, satellite dish. You can even bundle service, such as phone, cable and internet, with some providers.

Transportation and Travel


Major air services are provided by Toledo Express Airport, 10 miles southwest of the City of Sylvania, which handles all types of aircraft, is served by major airlines and offers passenger, freight and charter services.

BAX Global is a regional air cargo hub with daily service in and out of the area.

Providers of executive and light aircraft fixed-base operations include, among others:


Sylvania is provided with daily mass transit services as a participating member of TARTA, the Toledo Regional Area Transit Authority. TARTA services include:

  • Daily express routes to and from Sylvania
  • Park-n-Ride shuttle services and scheduled routes serving metropolitan Toledo
  • Call-A-Ride door-to-door service
  • Toledo Area Regional Paratransit Service (TARPS) for riders with disabilities or special needs

Sylvania is located on U.S. 23, a major north-south limited access highway. A portion of U.S. 23 is also designated I-475, the major artery encircling much of Toledo, and offers quick access to I-75 and the Ohio Turnpike (I-80/90). Other major highways serving the Sylvania area include U.S. 20, St. Rt. 51 (formerly U.S. 223) and St. Rt. 184.


Up to 100,000 passengers pass through Toledo’s Amtrak station each year, making it Ohio’s busiest passenger rail hub. In addition, Northwest Ohio is one of the top five rail hubs in the U.S., served by four major rail lines and assorted short-line carriers.


Sylvania is in the Toledo commercial zone for intra- and interstate shipments. Our area is ideally situated at the “Crossroads of America,” where I-75 intersects with I-80/90, putting us within one day’s drive of most of the largest markets in the United States and Canada.




Homes, businesses and institutions within the City of Sylvania’s boundaries receive water service distributed by the Public Service Department. Find out about service here.


Electric service is available through several utilities providers.

Natural Gas

Natural gas distribution service is available through a variety of providers.

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