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Akron, OH, City and Higher Education Information

Akron, Ohio, an industrial city of almost 198,000 residents, lies approximately 30 miles southwest of Cleveland and is home to the University of Akron, a 4-year university enrolling almost 24,000 students. Read about it here.

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Information about Akron

Akron, Ohio, has been associated with rubber and tire production dating back to 1871, when Benjamin Franklin Goodrich set up his small rubber factory in the city. Today, the rubber industry remains important for the city's residents, although in recent years, the local economy has begun to diversify.

Akron offers a variety of recreational and entertainment destinations, including the Akron Art Museum and the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Outdoor enthusiasts take advantage of Akron's Cuyahoga Valley National Recreational Area, a 33,000-acre valley surrounding the Cuyahoga River that offers facilities for hiking, biking, golfing, horseback riding and skiing. The climate in Akron features four distinct seasons, with an average January low temperature of 20 degrees and an average July high of 84 degrees. The primary newspapers serving Akron are the Akron Beacon Journal and community newspapers the West Side Leader and the South Side News Leader.

Higher Education in Akron

Akron has three public and nonprofit private colleges within the city. The University of Akron is the largest institution of higher learning in the city and boasts one of the nation's top 30 graduate programs in audiology, based on 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings. Other colleges and universities in the region include the Akron School of Practical Nursing and Ohio College of Massotherapy Inc. Kent State University is within 16 miles of Akron, and Cleveland-based schools John Carroll University and Case Western Reserve University are less than 30 miles away.

Employment and Economic Facts

Rubber and polymers have long been mainstays of the Akron business community. Some of the largest employers in Akron include Goodyear Tire and Rubber, FirstEnergy, Summa and InfoCision Management Corporation. Like many other Rust Belt cities, Akron has attempted to diversify its economy, and the city has achieved some success in developing local high-tech, financial and research industries.

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