25 Reasons to Have Akron, Ohio On Your Radar

A wonderful City with Rich History

The fifth-largest city in Ohio. Image Courtesy of Crusolutions.

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Javier Luna

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Jan 21, 2021

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Moving to a new city is challenging and stressful. We have to say goodbye to family and friends, we might be scared of making the wrong decision, and we are unfamiliar with what the future will look like. There are many cities, many options, many places to choose from. If Akron, Ohio is in your list of choices, hopefully, this article will make the thinking process a little less stressful for you. Here are 25 reasons to consider moving to Akron, Ohio. 

1.-A young city.

The median age of the population in Akron, Ohio, is 36.7. This means that it is a city with grown adults and many married couples who are starting a family. If you are around this age range, you will find yourself in a very friendly community with neighbors that might have the same hobbies or interests.

2.-It's a city but not really

Akron is the fifth-largest city in Ohio, so it has some of the qualities of an established city, like public transportation and job opportunities, but at the same time, it is not a huge overpopulated city. There seems to be a good balance here. 

3.- The Cost of Living

Housing in Akron, Ohio, is a little below the national average. This is really good as Akron is one of the biggest cities in Ohio, and bigger cities tend to be less affordable than small towns and small communities. 

The country musician Chad Baker, who was born and raised in Akron, Ohio, is a rising star. Image Courtesy of News 5 Cleveland.

4.-The music

It is no coincidence that some iconic musicians like The Black Keys, Devo, and Chryssie Hynde all came from Akron, Ohio. There's a certain avant-garde vibe that is inspirational for many residents of this community. So music is probably one of the most important legacies from Akron. You will see several clubs, restaurants, bars, and music venues where you will have the chance to listen to great music by great performers from this neighborhood. It is authentic, and it is really good!

5.-Great location

Taking quick trips to other cities is entirely viable. Columbus and Pittsburgh are only a few hours away, and Cleveland is less than an hour away. Akron's strategic location plus the freeways will want to make you take quick field trips very often!

6.-The Real Estate

There are many beautiful, sturdy houses with reasonable prices available for sale and rent. It doesn't matter if you are moving by yourself, or with your partner, or with numerous family members. There is a house in Akron, Ohio, for you! 

A peaceful and natural environment to take a deep breath and hike. Image Courtesy of Visit Canton.

7.-The Towpath Trail

Thousands of people visit this trail every year; it goes across the heart of Ohio and the Erie Canalway. These are 87 miles with some of Ohio's most scenic countryside, perfect to go for a hike, take pictures, or simply feel the fresh breeze on your face. This trail has been developed by multiple organizations over the last couple of years, so it is in great shape, and it is a perfect opportunity to exercise outdoors.

8.-The Legacy of being the Rubber Capital of the World

During the 20th century, Akron had the headquarters of Goodyear, Firestone, Good Rich, and General Tire, the four major tire companies at that time. It was a great time for the city as it created many jobs, and the local economy was very strong. The tire companies declined, and Akron no longer headquarters any of these companies, but the city still has a notable reputation in polymer-related companies. 

9.-The Diversity is Growing

According to the World Population, 60.1% of Akron residents are white, 30.1% are black, 4.59% are Asian, and 4.34% are two or more races. The diversity of this city makes it so special as different cultures and races bring new local restaurants to try new food, music with alternative rhythms, and a very integrated community.

10. -A Livable City

In 2008, Akron received the City Livability Award for repurposing new schools as community learning centers. This award evaluates the living conditions of residents through multiple factors, including a sense of community and hospitality

11.- The Akron Art Museum

A piece of architecture that stores beautiful art pieces. Image Courtesy of Akron Summit.

1 S High St, Akron, OH 44308 | +1 330-376-9185 | akronartmuseum.org

This museum opened its doors in 1924. After surviving the Great Depression, World War II, and globalization, this museum remains relevant as it supports many local artists and runs temporary exhibitions that attract visitors every year. The Akron Art Mail exhibition runs from October 15, 2020, to February 21, 2021. The idea of this exhibition is to be a platform for emerging local artists and to distribute art to as many people as possible. With limited-edition postcards, these works created by artists are available through the Akron-Summit County Library, and a few other community partners. Visit this wonderful place that holds many pieces of art created by talented people in the community.

12.-The National Hamburger Festival

Is there something more American than a good hamburger? Just one thing, a festival of good hamburgers. This annual event puts together many local businesses, sponsors, vendors, and food lovers, to try the best, the most exotic, the most refreshing, and the newest hamburgers there are. It is a very fun event to be a part of as there are some awards at the end of the day, such as Hamburger Queen, National Baby Burger, and Festival Favorite Burger. This event is usually over the summer; it attracts many people from Akron and outside of Akron. The heat of the summer, with the joy and excitement of the people from your community sharing a good meal, is definitely a highlight of living in Akron, Ohio. 

13.-The Universities

The University of Akron was founded in 1870. It is 150 years old! This university offers 200+ undergraduate majors, it has a straight-forward plan to transfer to UA, and it offers scholarships for transfer students. 

14.-The wine from 750 ml. Wine

2287 West Market Street, Pilgrim Square Plaza, Akron, Ohio 44313 | (330) 794-5754 | 750mlwines.com/

This independently-owned wine boutique and bar is one of the many highlights in Akron, Ohio. The wide variety of wine bottles is specifically selected and has a seal of approval. You can purchase bottles individually, attend wine tastings, or organize an event or small gathering with wine lovers who will appreciate the great wine quality that this place has to offer.

15.- Chill Ice-Cream

Vegan Mango Coconut, Blood Orange Sorbet, New York Cheesecake. Which one do you want to try? Image Courtesy of Chill Ice Cream.

209 S Main St, Akron, OH 44308 | chill-icecream.com/

This local business founded by three passionate brothers offers some of the best artisanal ice creams you will ever have. Some of their unusual flavors are Cinnamon apple walnut, lavender, pumpkin pecan, and honey habanero. There is one location in Downtown and one more in the Arts District. You will love them!

16.-Lock 3

If Akron is a city with great music, there must be great music venues. Lock 3 is one of them. This outdoor space hosts many free concerts of different genres throughout the year. For the holidays, there is a Christmas tree lighting and fireworks. So it is definitely a great place to visit for a wonderful Friday night. 

17.- The Indian Signal Tree

This 300-year-old bur oak was used as a landmark by Native Americans who were traveling up the Cuyahoga River. Currently, this majestuous tree is still very sturdy, and the park around it is a great place to go with your friends or family for a walk. 

18.- The Akron Zoo

Beautiful endangered species are protected and receive good care at the Akron Zoo. Image Courtesy of The Alliance Review.

500 Edgewood Ave, Akron, OH 44307 |+1 330-375-2550 | akronzoo.org/

This place is home to many different species, from mammals, amphibians, and fish, to reptiles, invertebrates, and carnivorous plants. The Akron Zoo has a great enrichment program for animals, as well as veterinary care. If you love animals, you can become a member and visit this zoo and all major zoos in Ohio for a discounted price. 

19.-Sand Run Metro Park

1300 Sand Run Road, Akron, OH 44313 | +1 330-867-5511 | summitmetroparks.org

Hiking is one of the healthiest and most entertaining activities to do during leisure time. This park in Akron has over 41 miles of hiking trails in the middle of nature. Most of these areas are pet-friendly and have restrooms. You can also have a picnic at designated areas and get that Vitamin D from the sunlight that all of us need!

20.-The Cuisine's History

Ferdinand Schumacher invented the first American oatmeal. Yes! That oatmeal that students, workers, parents, and teachers in the United States have for breakfast every morning. Schumacher was born in Hanover, Germany, but migrated to the United States when he was 28 years old. He picked Akron, Ohio, as his new home. This is where he became "The Oatmeal King," founded German Mills American Oatmeal, which after merging with other companies, became the widely known Quaker Oats Company. So, amazingly, a  German immigrant created in Akron, Ohio one of the most popular breakfasts for Americans! 

21.-Home of the Akron Rubber Ducks

The Canal Park Stadium hosts baseball games every season for the Akron Rubber Ducks. Image Courtesy of Tim Davisson.

Canal Park, 300 South Main Street, Akron, OH 44308 | +1 330-253-5151 | milb.com/akron 

For many people, life without sports is not complete. So if you are one of those people and are thinking of moving to Akron, Ohio, your life will be complete! The Akron Rubber Ducks are here. This Minor League Baseball team that plays in Canal Park attracts hundreds of residents and visitors to see the baseball games every season. 

22.- The National First Ladies Library

331 S. Market Ave. Canton, Ohio 44702 | (330) 452-0876 | firstladies.org/

Minutes away from Downtown Akron, the National First Ladies Library has an incredible collection of books, objects, DVDs, and photographs honoring the first ladies of the United States of America. This nonprofit organization that first started in 1994 offers guided tours and special deals for students and teachers. This is a great opportunity to learn about some of the greatest women in history in a very interactive way.

23.-Ranchero's Taqueria

286 E Cuyahoga Falls Ave, Akron, OH 44310| +1 330-258-2910 | places.singleplatform.com/rancheros-taqeria

When you try the food of this place, you will be so happy with your decision to move to Akron! This local business offers quesadillas, burritos, and enchiladas prepared with authentic Mexican ingredients by very kind people who are passionate and knowledgeable about Mexican cuisine. Even better, the variety of Mexican beers, cocktails, and drinks will be a memorable experience for you.

24.-A great platform for emerging Artists

Summit Artspace hosts temporary exhibitions to display different forms of art. Image Courtesy of Summit Artspace.

140 E Market St, Akron, OH 44308 | (330) 376-8480 | summitartspace.org    

Summit Artspace is a nonprofit organization that provides distribution to paintings, sculptures, installations, and different forms of art with strong and diverse messages. Summit Artspace works very closely with other foundations to establish bigger opportunities for visibility to artists and art students. There are temporary exhibits that you can visit, and if you are passionate about this mission, you can become a volunteer or donate to the cause. They will appreciate any kind of help!  

25.- Home city of very talented people

Doctors, artists, politicians, musicians, experts in social sciences, and notable athletes have lived in Akron, Ohio, throughout history. Maybe it is the vibe, maybe it is a coincidence, but Akron has witnessed the emerging talent that comes from its residents. Who knows? Maybe in a few years, your name will be added to the list of notable people who lived in Akron, Ohio.

Choosing your new home should be a decision that you take. You will hear opinions, listen to the news, watch rankings in magazines, but ultimately, the best place to live in is the place that makes you happy. We hope you find that place and live happily in this new chapter you are about to start. 


November 27, 2020
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