Akron, Ohio

Rubber City

Looklyloo Score: 73

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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.