Akron is one of Ohio’s largest cities and industrial centers, resting at the highest point of the Ohio and Erie Canal just 40 miles south of Cleveland. The town is nicknamed the “Rubber Capital of the World,” but there is much more to this gorgeous city than high-quality tires. It’s a wonderful place to live, work and go to school, featuring an abundance of restaurant patios, farmers markets and brunch destinations. Plus, the cost of living is very affordable and there are so many free ways to stay entertained within the city limits. Perhaps that’s why nearly 200,000 people choose to call it home!
There is really no wrong choice when considering where to live in Akron, but here are nine of the best local neighborhoods and suburbs — each showcasing different personalities, cultural attractions and recreational opportunities. Welcome home!
Cuyahoga Falls is located just a few miles north of Akron — and with a population of nearly 50,000, it has a vibrant community of its own! The name stems from its position along the Cuyahoga River, as well as its proximity to Ohio’s magnificent Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The town has a diverse selection of housing options, gorgeous green spaces, a charming downtown area and friendly people — plus easy access to the outdoors!
Residents of Cuyahoga Falls have plenty to do in town. On any given day, they have the chance to catch a show at Blossom Music Center, peruse the shops in historic downtown, or grab a bit at the iconic Blue Door Cafe and Bakery.
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Just a bit further up the road from Cuyahoga Falls lies Stow, a smaller suburb with beautiful homes and ample park areas. This charming community is primarily residential, but locals have easy access to the larger city attractions of Akron to the south or Cleveland to the north. People who choose to live here enjoy a friendly community atmosphere, picturesque roads, more than 410 acres of community park land, and access to the paved Summit County Metro Parks Bike and Hike Trail (which runs directly through town). Additionally, golf enthusiasts will find solace at Fox Den Golf Course and Roses Run Country Club, each boasting award-winning 18-hole courses.
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If the name Goodyear sounds familiar, it might be because you are familiar with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, which earned Akron the title of “Rubber Capital of the World.” The company is headquartered in the area and is actually responsible for the creation of the neighborhood. In the early 1900s, the company’s founder Frank A. Seiberling noticed a huge housing shortage in the area and wanted to provide an easier commute for his employees. He chose a large, rural plot of land just northeast of Goodyear’s main plant and hired his personal landscape architect to spearhead the project of creating a new neighborhood — which still stands!
Today, Goodyear Heights is a charming, primarily residential community with mostly single-family homes. For those who enjoy the outdoors, the Goodyear Heights Metro Park provides a recreational oasis for residents.
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Situated just south of Akron, Portage Lakes is a popular (and incredibly beautiful) place to call home. The suburb surrounds Portage Lakes State Park, a 411-acre haven offering a wide variety of outdoor recreational experiences, including boating, swimming and fishing. There’s no better place to be during the summer, but the town is wonderful year-round, boasting a small population of less than 10,000 and a fantastic sense of community. Some say it’s the best kept secret in Northeast Ohio!
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Highland Square has a reputation of being one of Akron’s most eclectic neighborhoods, but in the best way possible! The neighborhood houses a library, The Mustard Seed Market and Café, the Highland Square Theatre, an abundance of delicious restaurants, and even some local nightclubs and bars. There is something for everyone here, which is why people from all walks of life (artists, musicians, young professionals, families and retirees) choose to call it home! The Highland Square Neighborhood Association strives to maintain the diverse character of the neighborhood, to keep the parks and residential streets looking pristine, and to promote the annual PorchRokr Music and Arts Festival, which is definitely worth marking on your calendar.
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Merriman Valley (which contains Merriman Woods and Merriman Heights) is known as one of Akron’s wealthiest neighborhoods, situated near several country clubs and showcasing gorgeous homes built between 1911 and the present. If you want a prime example of the area’s stunning architecture, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens is a good place to start. This castle-like residence served as the home for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company’s founder Frank A. Seiberling and still stands as a popular landmark and tourist attraction today.
Though the area definitely pays homage to its history, it is still just as pristine as the day the first home was built! Other attributes of Merriman Valley include its proximity to Cuyahoga Valley National Park and its top-notch public schools.
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Fairlawn Heights boasts an impressive variety of 20th century architecture — gorgeous and ornate homes with well-kept wooded lots nestled along a hillside. The real estate alone makes it a picturesque place to live, but it also showcases the area’s natural beauty with ancient oak trees, beeches, elms, rocky ledges, valleys, sloping lawns and gently winding roadways to enjoy it all. We don’t think you’ll ever get sick of the views!
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Wallhaven is a wonderful place to live if you enjoy being in the thick of it all! It’s home to some of Akron’s most popular gathering spots, including the original location for Swensons Drive-In (one of Cleveland’s best burger joints), Nervous Dog Coffee Bar (an iconic morning destination),and Ken Stewart’s Grille, where locals come for an upscale dining experience. The neighborhood surrounds the intersections of Market Street, Exchange Street and Hawkins Avenue, and truly has a little bit of everything. Residents are able to walk to local businesses and there are tons of different types of housing, including several historic castle-like homes and a few “hobbit houses,” which make their street look like it was pulled straight from The Shire. You can read more about those here!
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You might recognize the name of Bath Township because of the fame of one of its residents, LeBron James! The basketball legend calls this town home, and visitors and locals alike try to catch glimpses of his gorgeous home whenever they can. Even if you’re not a LeBron James fan (or you’re feeling betrayed over his decision to sign with The Lakers), there are plenty of reasons to fall in love with Bath Township. Residents can get a dose of history at Hale Farm and Village, enjoy outdoor recreation opportunities in the Bath Nature Preserve, enjoy a delicious treat at The Bake Shop in Ghent, or enjoy a nice meal at Lanning’s.
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