Founded in 1825, Akron is the 5th largest city in Ohio. With a 2010 US Census estimate of 703,200, Akron is the county seat of Summit County. Akron produced the first champion in the American Professional Football Association. Sojourner Truth, renowned abolitionist, delivered her "Ain't I a Woman" speech in 1851 in Akron. In more recent times, all four of the major tire production companies were houses in the city of Akron. Goodyear and first Energy are two Fortune 500 companies that call Akron home.
Average High - 80.5, Average Low - 18.1
Baseball - Aeros - Minor league
Roller Derby - Rubber City Roller Girls
Akron has a relatively low violent crime rate and a much high property crime rate.
Chapel Hill is bounded by Howe Street to the north, Brittain Road to the west, Independence Avenue to the south, and Home Avenue to the east. Chapel Hill is one of the largest commercial areas in the city of Akron. Chapel Hill has a fairly low residential density rate. The housing stock in Chapel Hill is comprised primarily of single family homes. There are apartment complexes located near Independence Road. There are also apartment units available north of Howe Avenue. Bettes Park is close to the Chapel Hill community and provides the residents of Chapel Hill green space to enjoy.
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Ellett is a community that was annexed in 1929. Ellett is bounded by Mogadore Road to the north, Canton Road to the east, and Albrecht Avenue to the south. The University of Akron's Rubber Bowl is located in the Ellett community. the annual American Soap Box Derby is held in the community of Ellett. The majority of the businesses and retail stores are located on the east side of town. There are a number of apartment complexes in the southern portion of the community. Both public and private schools service the Ellett community.
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Downtown is the heart of the Akron business district, commercial and retain community. Downtown is bounded on the east and north by Martin Luther King Boulevard, on the south by Interstate 76, and on the west by Route 8. The housing stock in the Downtown area consists of multi-use buildings, condos and apartments. The University of Akron is located in the downtown community, as is the National Inventor's Hall of Fame. Akron General Medical Center and Akron Children's Hospital are located in the northeast section of town. There are a variety of trendy and chic stores, shops, restaurants and bars in the downtown area. Young urban professionals are drawn to the Downtown area because of all the amenities the Downtown area offers.
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Elizabeth Park Valley, located within walking distance of downtown, is a viable and thriving neighborhood. Summa Health Center - St. Thomas Hospital is prominently located in the community. There are a number of parks in the area that provide the residence of Elizabeth Park Valley opportunities to enjoy recreational activities. Bounded by Cuyahoga Street on the east and route 59 on the west, Elizabeth Park Valley has a number of apartment complexes available for rent. Public transportation is readily accessible to the community.
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Goodyear Heights is a neighborhood originally developed to meet the needs of the employees of the Goodyear company. Today, Goodyear Heights is a sprawling community bounded by Interstate 76 to the south, and Eastland Avenue to the north. Goodyear Heights Metropolitan Park is at the center of the community with Reservoir park nearby. Goodyear Heights metropolitan Park offers a host of amenities including picnic areas, playgrounds, ball fields, walking and jogging trails, and lots of space to connect with neighbors. The housing stock in Goodyear Heights includes a number of single family homes. There are homes to rent or lease as well as apartments in the area. Goodyear Heights is served by both public and private schools and public transportation is easily accessed.
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Middlebury is located east of the University of Akron. Middlebury is the first community settled in the Akron area. Middlebury is bounded on the east by Route 8 and Eastland Avenue to the west. Summa Akron City Hospital is located in the southeast section of the community. The housing stock in Middlebury includes single family homes, apartments, and homes for rent or lease. There is a small business district in the community and local restaurants and stores make up the retail portion of the community.
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