Akron 63 Below average
Akron Livability #1,047 ranked city in Ohio#20,158 ranked city in the USARanks better than 31% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Akron Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B+ Akron Cost of Living Cost of living is 7% lower than Ohio
8515% less expensive than the US average
919% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Akron cost of living
F Akron Crime Total crime is 92% higher than Ohio
Total crime
4,14477% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2577% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-2%Year over year crime is down
Akron crime
F Akron Employment Household income is 30% lower than Ohio
Median household income
$35,24036% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$21,37828% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%49% higher than the US average
Akron employment
D Akron Housing Home value is 39% lower than Ohio
Median home value
$80,00057% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$69327% lower than the US average
Home ownership
51%20% lower than the US average
Akron real estate or Akron rentals
D Akron Schools HS graduation rate is 4% lower than Ohio
High school grad. rates
82%1% lower than the US average
School test scores
45%6% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:111% lower than the US average
Akron K-12 schools
D- Akron User Ratings There are a total of 19 ratings in Akron
Overall user rating
51% 19 total ratings
User reviews rating
37% 6 total reviews
User surveys rating
66% 13 total surveys
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      Living in Akron, OH

      Located in the state of Ohio, Akron is a mid-sized city with a population of 198,508 people. Akron has a population density of 3,201 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. Not a fan of sitting in traffic? One big advantage of living in Akron is the reasonable commute times to work. With an average one way commute time of 21 minutes, getting to work is faster than the national average of 26 minutes.

      If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very discouraging task. However, it could also be a great experience if you are willing to get to know the town before actually living in Akron, Ohio. Finding the best places to live in Akron and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, crime, weather and other important metrics.

      With a livability score of 69/100, Akron is ranked #11,437 in the United States and #773 in Ohio. For each of the livability categories, we see that Akron ranks very well for amenities (A+), cost of living (A) and education (B-). There are some categories that Akron does not rank well for, including: crime (F), weather (D), employment (F) and housing (D). It might be worth taking a closer look to determine why.

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Akron has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Akron: Akron Zoo, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, and Akron Art Museum.

      Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Akron. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Akron are affordable. The median home price for Akron homes is $80,000, which is 39.3% lower than the Ohio average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Akron, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.3, which is 11.5% lower than the Ohio average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Akron area were 15.1% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 5%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

      Akron transportation information

      Average one way commute21min23min26min
      Workers who drive to work81.9%83.4%76.4%
      Workers who carpool8.9%7.8%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit4.2%1.7%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.1%0.3%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.4%2.3%2.8%
      Working from home2.0%3.7%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Akron, OH data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).