Akron, Ohio

Rubber City



Sunny Days: 164
48100 Affordability
75100 Schools
41100 Diversity
60100 Safety

Akron, Ohio, is my home. I will always be here. I'm still working out at my old high school. -LeBron James

Best Part About Akron?

More Bang for your Buck

Most people who know Akron know it for being a neighbor of Cleveland or as the birthplace of basketball legend LeBron James. The city though has a lot to offer relative to its quiet reputation. Despite the perception of it as small, it has a population of ~200,000 and a metro area of nearly 700,000. This size is a sweet spot, particularly in the midwest, for a combination of low housing prices and interesting city amenities.

Downtown Akron is host to a good mix of concerts, shows, expos and cultural events throughout the year that are usually reserved for bigger or more prominent cities than Akron. This, fortunately for Akron residents, does not translate to big city prices. Low cost of living and a median home value of $80K means residents save on the essentials so they can enjoy everything else Akron has to offer.

Here's a local with a review of the social scene in Akron:
Entertainment options have really grown with a plethora of restaurants downtown and west side. Both shopping areas mentioned have most of the chain restaurants, but downtown and west side have more small chain and independent restaurants. Craft beer is just as big here as Cleveland proportionately with great taps at several bars the The Office in North Hill or 69 Taps, Lockview, Baxter's, etc. downtown. Our biggest breweries are Thirsty Dog and Hoppin Frog, but in the last couple years we have microbreweries opening up with two almost next door to each other in the Akron Valley Area that approaches the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Live entertainment includes big acts that hit UAkron's EJ Thomas Hall (home of Akron Symphony) and Akron Civic Center in downtown, with smaller venues including Musica (stone's throw from Civic), Annabelle's (Highland Square/near west side), and others. Outdoors downtown in the Summer includes Lock 3 live next to our historic canal that runs through downtown.

For more reviews of what living in Akron is like from locals check out: The Buzz

The Worst Thing About Akron?

Safety and Education

Akron is known for high crime rates, and while plenty of neighborhoods have better stats, safety is something to consider when making a move. As with most cities these safety statistics are not helpful on a city-wide basis but regardless they are trending in the right direction in most major categories. Perhaps more important, the Akron City School District consistently places in the bottom 50% in the state of Ohio for most educational categories.

Here's a review of the cons (with a few pros) of Akron from a local ready to move on:
If you do not have employment, savings or another source of income, it will be difficult for you to thrive in Akron, OH. Housing and rent is inexpensive, but Akron does have an issue with crime and drug addiction. You must also like cold weather and SNOW because we get a lot of it. The roads are bumpy from the winter weather conditions, and cars do get rust. Most people do not move to Akron; they were born here. Many leave for larger cities; I went to Atlanta, GA in 1987 and returned in 2009. Since I was disappointed at the city's decline and I want to leave again. Plan B: Spring 2018 - Jacksonville, North Carolina. Low cost of living, low crime, low property taxes, NICE weather & smooth roads!

Benefits of Akron? Low cost of living, 4 seasons & great food. Akron is small and you can get just about anywhere from East to West or South to North in about 15 minutes. They have great medical care because many of the residents are baby boomers and older. Young people tend to move away.

Lifestyle of Akron

Akron is often lauded by residents as an embodiment of midwestern hospitality and small city living (even if it’s not really as small as that ideal warrants). Lock 3 Park in the city’s downtown is home to outdoor events year round, including ice skating, bumper cars and the aforementioned concerts and cultural events. Akron is a diverse city with a great park system, including the F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, and easy access to Portage Lakes State Park, giving Akron an outdoor edge over most midwestern destinations. Cleveland also isn’t too far away for those looking for a bigger metropolitan.

If you're interested in checking out what locals get up to in Akron here is the downtown calendar of events: downtownakron.com/calendar

Workstyle of Akron

Revitalization is a term Akronites throw around a lot and for good reason. In 2018, the city began investing in neighborhood business districts to catalyze small business growth across the city. While Akron was no exception to the struggles that came with COVID, the city has doubled down on its support of small businesses through additional investments and incentives in an attempt to make Akron one of the best places in the country to start a small business. The big name in Akron is Goodyear, one of the largest tire manufacturers on the planet and the owner of an abnormally large fleet of airship blimps. Goodyear started in Akron and still employs thousands of people in the area.

Why Move Now?

The Bounce

Those investments in Akron’s revitalization could make for a wise investment for you. Buying into the area’s relatively cheap housing market as the city improves and grows might be a wise move for both your future home and career.

Neighborhoods in Akron

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Young Professionals/LGBTQ+

Downtown Akron, as is true in most cities, is a great place for young people to start their search for a place to live. There are tons of cool and luxurious apartment/condo/loft spaces in renovated and historic buildings throughout the area. There are 50+ boutique/eclectic restaurant options and plenty of rooftop bars, hidden speakeasies, clubs and micro-breweries for nightlife. Downtown is host for many of the city’s festivals and concerts, including the annual Pride parade and has great parks and outdoor play areas when the weather warms up. Nearby Highland Square is regarded as “quirky,” “artsy,” and another great option for young single people into the arts and is an area where the LGBTQ community often lives.

  • Downtown
  • Highland Square
  • Goodyear Heights

Goodyear Heights


Developed by Goodyear founder Frank Seiberling to improve housing conditions for his workers, Goodyear Heights is a walkable historic neighborhood with tree-lined streets and wonderful homes that are still relatively affordable for first-time homeowners and retirees alike. The community culture is strong with the parks and a community centers acting as gathering places for events like the Friday Night Summer Concert Series, and the Good Garden Art Events at the Community Garden. If you're just starting your search for a place for your family or a great neighborhood for retirement then add Goodyear Heights to your list.

  • Goodyear Heights
  • Firestone Park
  • Ellet

Northwest Akron


Northwest Akron is one of the most popular family-friendly neighborhoods in Akron. Some of this is due to the beautiful estates near Portage Path and Merriman Road (although the area has plenty of new, more reasonably priced homes as well). Some of this is due to the fact the neighborhood borders Sand Run Metropark, which has miles of quiet bucolic trails for walking, hiking or biking. Finally, locals also love the Northwest Community Center where families gather for play and events throughout the year.

  • Northwest Akron
  • Fairlawn Heights
  • Highland Square
  • North Hill

Firestone Park


Another beloved family neighborhood in Akron is Firestone Park. This highly rated spot is at the southern tip of city and is known for its beautiful homes and wonderful crazy park. The homes were mostly built between 1940-1960, with a batch also built in the original historic development in the early decades of the 20th century.

One unusual part of Firestone Park is the actual shape of the park at its center. It was designed and built to match the shape of the original Firestone shield emblem. It is surrounded by churches, a school, a community center, a public library and the Astor Avenue commercial district. Families love the park for its wonderful green spaces for outdoor play, tennis courts, and walking trails.