For those searching real estate listings in Summit County, buying a home in Akron may seem like a “great idea”. Akron is a city known for its great ideas.
Akron, Ohio better known as the City of Innovation was founded in 1825. Akron is home to the first kindergarten through 12th grade school system with a superintendent. It is home to the first synthetic rubber tire, the first balloon tire, the first breakfast cereal, the first toy company, the first automobile police patrol vehicle, and the first artificial fish bait. Akron is the birthplace of the trucking industry and Alcoholics Anonymous.
From Akron came tire technology and blimps and airships. Akronites invented the first hamburgers and ice cream cones. Quaker Oats developed the first breakfast cereal in Akron. Akronites developed the Akron Plan for church buildings, an architectural lay-out utilizing an auditorium and connecting Sunday school classrooms.
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Located in Northeast Ohio’s Summit County, this City of Innovation is approximately 38 miles south of Lake Erie on the Little Cuyahoga River. It is the fifth largest city in Ohio with a population of 199,110, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Akron is the county seat of Summit County.
Today, Akron’s leading employers include Summa Health, GOJO Industries (the makers of Purell), FirstMerit Bank, FirstEnergy, Advanced Elastomer Systems, Maritime Systems and Sensors Division. Goodyear Tire and Rubber recently completed new headquarters and Bridgestone-Firestone opened their new technical center with state-of-the-art research and development laboratories.
According to the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce, which comprises Summit, Portage and Medina counties, more than $2.5 billion in private capital has been invested in new plants and plant expansions. The chamber states there are more than 21,000 businesses in their region and more than 150 Fortune 500 companies have operations in the area.
According to the City of Akron, the leading employers are Summa Health Systems, Akron General Health System, University of Akron, County of Summit, Akron Public Schools, Goodyear Tire and Rubber, Akron Children’s Medical Center, Time Warner Cable, FirstEnergy and Sterling Jewelers.
Known as the Rubber Capital of the World because Firestone, BF Goodrich, Goodyear Tire and Rubber, and General Tire had headquarters and manufacturing in Akron, the city is now famous for polymer research and technology development.
Newsweek magazine named Akron fifth among the nation’s top 10 Information Age high tech havens.
The median income for an Akron household was $31,835, according to 2000 U.S. Census data. The median income for a family was $39,381. The per capita income for the city was $17,596.
Big city events found a home in Akron. The city hosts the prestigious PGA Bridgestone-Firestone World Series of Gold at Firestone Country Club, the All-American Soap Box Derby World Championships at Derby Downs, the National Hamburger Festival, Alcoholics Anonymous’ Founders Day, First Night Akron, and the Road Runner Akron Marathon.
Akron is home to the Akron Civic Theatre, which opened in 1929 as Loew’s Theater. It was at this theater that a stage hand named Clark Cable worked before making it big in Hollywood. Other entertainment venues include Lock 3 Amphitheater, and EJ Thomas Hall. Akron is home to the Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Ohio Ballet, and the Children’s Concert Society. The Akron Art Museum, home to international and national art from 1850, has recently tripled in size. While undergoing construction of an addition, the beautiful structure was awarded the 2005 American Architecture Award.
Akron was built on the summit of the Ohio and Erie Canal. The canalway and towpath offers miles of biking and hiking trails. The city enjoys a beautiful metropolitan parks system including Firestone Metro and Goodyear Metro, the F.A. Sieberling Naturerealm in Sand Run Park. Akron Skatepark is a Pro BMX course located near Derby Downs.