Ottawa County offers a home to suit every need. Whether you want an apartment or a newly built single-family home, Ottawa County’s housing options accommodate the full spectrum at prices to fit your budget. Add in the surrounding beauty, plus close proximity to the urban areas of Toledo and Cleveland, and you have the perfect combination of an ideal place to start out on your own, raise a family, retire or as a vacation home.

Single-family new house construction building permits

  • 2007: 207 buildings, average cost: $209,500
  • 2008: 133 buildings, average cost: $187,900
  • 2009: 87 buildings, average cost: $224,000
  • 2010: 120 buildings, average cost: $212,900
  • 2011: 79 buildings, average cost: $238,700
  • 2012: 114 buildings, average cost: $240,100
  • 2013: 111 buildings, average cost: $278,400
  • 2014: 89 buildings, average cost: $284,400

2015 Median Monthly Housing Costs for homes and condos (with a mortgage): $1,181

2015 Median monthly housing costs for units (without a mortgage): $429


Ottawa County has access to high-quality, affordable healthcare options. Some of Ottawa County’s healthcare assets include:

Magruder Hospital has earned many national recognitions over the last several years and has again been acknowledged by being named one of the Top 50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know in 2015 by Becker’s Hospital Review. Currently there are 1,332 critical access hospitals in the country and 33 in the state of Ohio. Magruder was the winner of Hospitals & Health Networks’ Most Wired Hospital in 2017.

Ottawa County Health Department has three divisions: Nursing, Environmental Health, and Clerical. The Nursing Division provides various home visiting services to Ottawa County residents such as Home Health. The Environmental Health Division is responsible for operational permits, licensing and inspections. The Clerical Division maintains all records, supports each division and responds to inquiries from the public.

Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare Campus is currently undergoing a nearly $10 million renovation and expansion project. While the project primarily consists of significant renovations and improvements to the Riverview facility, it also includes the addition of up to 21 assisted living units. A new 7,726-square-foot addition will be added to the existing 13,082-square-foot building to accommodate the new assisted living units.


Ottawa County’s emergency services consist of police departments, fire departments, ambulance and EMS services, and the U.S. Coast Guard. Additional emergency services include the Ottawa County Emergency Management Agency and the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

Police Departments:

  • Danbury Township Police
  • Catawba Island Township Police Department
  • Carroll Township Police
  • Clay Center Police Department
  • Clay Township Police Department
  • Elmore Village Police Department
  • Genoa Police Department
  • Marblehead Police
  • Oak Harbor Village Police
  • Port Clinton Police Department
  • Put-in-Bay Police Department


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