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Sylvania, Ohio
  • Top: Sylvania water tower
  • Bottom: Main Street, downtown Sylvania
Flag of Sylvania, Ohio
City of Trees
"Serving the Community"
Location in Lucas County and the state of Ohio.
Location in Lucas County and the state of Ohio.
Country United States
State Ohio
County Lucas
 • Total 6.68 sq mi (17.3 km2)
 • Land 6.63 sq mi (17.2 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
663 ft (202 m)
 • Total 18,971
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,911.35/sq mi (1,124.01/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 419
FIPS code 39-76022
GNIS feature ID 1061668

Sylvania is a city in Lucas County, Ohio, United States. The population was 19,011 at the 2020 census. Sylvania is a suburb of Toledo, and encompassed by Sylvania Township. Its northern border is the southern border of the state of Michigan.

The name "Sylvania" is borrowed from the Latin sylvan or sylva, meaning "forest land", owing to the dense forests that once made up the region, part of the Great Black Swamp.


Sylvania was platted in 1836. A post office called Sylvania has been in operation since 1859. Sylvania was incorporated in 1867.


Sylvania is located at 41°42′41″N 83°42′12″W / 41.71139°N 83.70333°W / 41.71139; -83.70333 (41.711450, -83.703210).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.53 square miles (16.91 km2), of which, 6.48 square miles (16.78 km2) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) is water.

Sylvania is approximately 10 miles west-northwest of Toledo, Ohio.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 523
1890 545 4.2%
1900 617 13.2%
1910 1,002 62.4%
1920 1,222 22.0%
1930 2,108 72.5%
1940 2,199 4.3%
1950 2,433 10.6%
1960 5,187 113.2%
1970 12,031 131.9%
1980 15,556 29.3%
1990 17,301 11.2%
2000 18,670 7.9%
2010 18,971 1.6%
2020 19,011 0.2%
2019 (est.) 19,311 1.8%

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 18,971 people, 7,642 households, and 5,092 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,926.7 inhabitants per square mile (1,130.0/km2). There were 8,165 housing units at an average density of 1,260.0 per square mile (486.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.4% White, 2.7% African American, 0.1% Native American, 2.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.7% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.9% of the population.

There were 7,642 households, of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.0% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.4% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.02.

The median age in the city was 42.7 years. 23.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.5% were from 25 to 44; 29.9% were from 45 to 64; and 17.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.3% male and 52.7% female.


The city is home to several parks, including Olander Park, Pacesetter Park, Veterans Memorial, and Burnham Park. Olander Park has a large 28 acre pond as well as other satellite parks (Fossil Park, Sylvan Prairie Park, Whetstone Park and Southview Oak Savanna), Pacesetter Park has lacrosse, soccer, and baseball fields, and Burnham Park contains Plummer Pool.


Most of Sylvania's recreational activities take place thorough the Sylvania Department of Recreation (Sylvania Rec.) They have a building with 2 ice skating rinks and 2 indoor soccer fields. The rec offer sports such as; soccer, baseball, lacrosse, Ice Hockey, and Ice skating. The Rec. partners with Pacesetter Park to play sports. Also the baseball fields at Veterans Memorial Park are utilized by the Rec.

Sylvania Country Club offers competitive swimming for children 18 and under.

Sylvania Tsunamis are also a competitive 18 and under swim team that practices out of the Sylvania Northview Highschool pool.

Sister city

Sylvania is the sister city of Woodstock, Ontario, Canada.

Notable people

  • Sam Abell - photographer
  • Mark Berger - economist
  • Terry Cook - automobile racing driver
  • Alissa Czisny - two-time U.S. champion figure skater
  • Chip Davis - musician
  • Jon Diebler (born 1988) - basketball player in the Israel Basketball Premier League
  • Gordie Howe - hockey player
  • Mitchell Miller - hockey player


Sylvania has two public libraries, one near each high school, which are branches of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library. The Sylvania Branch Library, located near Northview High School, was built in the 1950s, and was expanded and remodeled in 2017. A second library at King Road near Southview High School was built in 2016.


Public schools in Sylvania, Ohio are all part of the Sylvania City School District.

Elementary schools
  • Highland Elementary School
  • Hill View Elementary School
  • Maplewood Elementary School
  • Stranahan Elementary School
  • Sylvan Elementary School
  • Whiteford Elementary School
  • Central Trail Elementary School
Junior high schools
  • Arbor Hills Junior High School
  • McCord Junior High School
  • Timberstone Junior High School
High schools
  • Sylvania Northview High School
  • Sylvania Southview High School


  • Toledo Islamic Academy
  • Little Miracles Montessori School
  • St. Joseph Elementary & Junior High School


  • Lourdes University

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