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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Akron is a city in Ohio with a population of 198,252. Akron is in Summit County. Living in Akron offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Akron there are a lot of bars, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Akron and residents tend to lean liberal.
About Akron...
Population
198,252

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$80,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$713
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    49%
  • Own
    51%
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Akron Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    370.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    21.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    105.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    200.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,165.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,686.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    382.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    12%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    35%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%

Working in Akron

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$36,223
National
$55,322
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I love Akron, Ohio! Born and raised only change I would consider is better education and job opportunities! I love the neighborhoods along with my fellow Akronites. Everyone is pretty focused and self driven here. Akron is definitely affordable compared to many other cities in Ohio, I would rank Akron as number 1. Im looking forward to the many things that are going to grow and be pursued in this city as time goes on.
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Relocated to Akron from the West Coast for work. There are some nice things about the city: housing value is superb, commutes are short, and certain neighborhoods (West Akron) are very picturesque and pleasant to live in. Local parks everywhere, with great walking trails and green spaces. My biggest complaint about the area is that there are very few interesting amenities, and the ones that do exist are very spread out and in odd places (with the exception of microbreweries - these are on the rise in Akron, are centrally located, and are excellent). The area lacks a"beating heart" district for shopping, dining and people watching. Another complaint about Akron is the lack of diversity: there are only two colors (the colors of piano keys), and scarcely an Asian, Hispanic or Indian to be found. As a result, the selection of "ethnic" eateries and grocery stores is terrible compared to more thriving nearby cities like Columbus and Pittsburgh.
I've lived in Akron for over 30 years. The people are friendly, the commute time is reasonable! It's a smaller city with a big city feel. Nearby Cleveland offers even more sporting cultural and diverse options. There is great cultural diversity in our ever growing and developing city of Akron. There's much to do especially in the park system, eateries and musical and cultural entertainment. We can also brag of being the birth place of Lebron James!