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Overview

Introduction to Akron, Ohio

Akron is located in Summit County in the northeastern portion of Ohio, situated along the Cuyahoga River. The city was established in 1825. After the prosperous heavy manufacturing in the city experienced a significant decline, Akron's economy has been bolstered by research, high technology and financial businesses.

History

During the early years, the growth of the city was primarily due to being situated at the summit of the Ohio and Erie Canal. Akron experienced another spurt in population growth between 1860 and 1870 which can be attributed to a thriving coal industry, a major railroad as well as various manufacturing businesses that were flourishing during the Civil War.

The arrival of the rubber industry brought enormous expansion to the city of Akron. People were migrating from vast distances, including from Europe to find employment in the rubber factories. B.F. Goodrich established the first rubber company in Akron in 1869. General Tire and Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company also established their companies in the city. Akron became known as "The Rubber Capital of the World." Due to competition with the superior European radial tires the rubber industry in Akron experienced a significant decline. During the early portion of the 1990's all the tire companies except for Goodyear had relocated their headquarters out of the city.

Transportation

The METRO RTA system provides bus and trolley service for the city as well as offering commuter bus service to downtown Cleveland. The town is served by the Akron-Canton Regional Airport and the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

Attractions

  • Soap Box Derby
  • Akron Art Museum
  • Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
  • Goodyear World of Rubber Museum
  • The Archives of the History of American Psychology
  • National Inventors Hall of Fame
  • American Marble and Toy Museum
  • Harry London Chocolate Factory
  • Quaker Square
  • Simon Perkins Mansion

Activities

  • Akron State Park
  • Day in the Valley - Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
  • Carriage Trade Farm - Northfield, Ohio
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area

Higher Education

The city is home to the University of Akron. The college is recognized as one of the leaders in the world in polymer research and has noteworthy graduate programs in engineering. The college provides an opportunity for students to participate in a combined B.S./M.D. program which is affiliated with the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine.

People

Total Population 198,329
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 13.4%
Employed Population 16+ 84,905
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 34.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.4%
Median Earnings25+ $29,325
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,744
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,839

Wealth

Median Family Income $44,034
% Above Poverty Level 73.5%
% Below Poverty Level 26.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.3%
% Using Public Transportation 4.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 37.8%
Median Gross Rent $680
Median House Value $81,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 38.9%
US/American 0%
English 6.2%
Irish 11.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Akron Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 30 miles S of Cleveland, Ohio
County Summit
Standard Zip Codes 44301, 44302, 44303, 44304, 44305, 44306, 44307, 44308, 44310, 44311, 44312, 44313, 44314, 44319, 44320, 44321, 44322, 44333
P.O. Box Zip Codes 44309, 44334, 44372
Company Zip Codes 44315, 44316, 44317, 44325, 44326, 44328, 44393, 44396, 44398, 44399
Phone Area Codes 330
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.081
Longitude -81.519

Akron Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station AKRON
Distance 0.2 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 34 F
Apr Temp 40 to 60 F
Jul Temp 64 to 84 F
Oct Temp 45 to 62 F
Annual Precip 36 inches
Station CHIPPEWA LAKE
Distance 21.7 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 41 to 61 F
Annual Precip 38.3 inches
Station ELYRIA 3 E
Distance 34.6 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 35 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 44 to 65 F
Annual Precip 38 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Akron, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Chapel Hill Mall (44310)

Copley (44321)

East Akron (44305)

Ellet (44312)

Firestone Park (44301)

Kenmore (44314)

Maple Valley (44320)

Montrose (44333)

North Hill (44310)

South Arlington (44306)

West Akron (44307)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Barberton 26,340 $46,177
Cuyahoga Falls 49,287 $61,766
Fairlawn 7,429 $81,705
Lakemore 3,051 $69,427

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Akron Public Libraries

Library
Akron-summit Cnty Public Library
55 S. MAIN ST.
Akron, Ohio
(330) 643-9000
Library Web Site

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Akron Hospitals

AKRON GENERAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
400 WABASH AVE
(330) 344-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

SUMMA HEALTH SYSTEMS HOSPITALS
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
525 EAST MARKET STREET
(330) 375-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

EDWIN SHAW REHAB, LLC
(Government - Local)
1621 FLICKINGER ROAD
(330) 784-1271
Emergency Service: No

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Akron High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

GARFIELD HIGH SCHOOL
435 N FIRESTONE BLVD
330-773-6831
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,341 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

FIRESTONE HIGH SCHOOL
333 RAMPART AVE
330-873-3315
Serves 1,205 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

ELLET HIGH SCHOOL
309 WOOLF AVE
330-794-4120
Serves 1,092 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

SPRINGFIELD HIGH SCHOOL
2966 SANITARIUM RD
330-798-1002
Serves 972 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

KENMORE HIGH SCHOOL
2140 13TH ST SW
330-253-6158
Serves 871 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13

CENTRAL HOWER HIGH SCHOOL
123 S FORGE ST
330-761-1605
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 860 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.2

EAST HIGH SCHOOL
80 BRITTAIN RD
330-794-4100
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 751 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12

NORTH HIGH SCHOOL
985 GORGE BLVD
330-535-3117
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 731 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13

BUCHTEL HIGH SCHOOL
1040 COPLEY RD
330-873-3300
Serves 705 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.4

LIFE SKILLS CTR OF AKRON
80 W BOWERY ST
330-376-8700
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 583 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 29.4

COVENTRY HIGH SCHOOL
3089 MANCHESTER RD
216-644-3004
Serves 582 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.8

MANCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL
437 W NIMISILA RD
330-882-3291
Serves 538 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.5

CASE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
1393 WESTVALE AVE
330-873-3350
A Title I School.
Serves 429 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.6

AKRON ALTERNATIVE ACADEMY
985 GORGE BLVD
330-761-2665
Serves 393 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 53.8

AKRON DIGITAL ACADEMY
70 N BROADWAY ST
330-761-1661
A Charter School.
Serves 217 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.3

LIFE SKILLS CTR OF SUMMIT CO
2168 ROMIG RD
330-745-3678
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 81 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.6

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