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"Rubber Capital," "Tire City"
Akron is a city in Summit County.
It is the county seat.
The community name derives from Greek for "high."
The latitude of Akron is 41.081N. The longitude is -81.519W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 955 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 212,215.
Dr. Benjamin Franklin Goodrich arrived in 1870, establishing a plant for making fire hose. The rise of the automobile transformed the local rubber industry into a booming business.
Most of the tire factories have closed, but the city continues as a research and manufacturing center for rubber products.
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18% of Akron residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Akron ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Akron was $17,596, compared with $21,587 nationally.
18% of Akron residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Akron, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $413. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $812.
Libraries in Akron include Akron-Summit County Public Library, Ayres Branch Library, Chamberlain Branch Library, East Branch Library, Ellet Branch Library, Kenmore Branch Library, Maple Valley Branch Library, McDowell Branch Library, North Branch Library, Portage Lakes Branch Library ... View libraries
TV stations in Akron include WBNX, WEAO, WVPX.
Summit County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Akron political report.
Akron restaurants taking online reservations include Vaccaro's Trattoria ... View restaurants
The average commute time for Akron workers is 21 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 54 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Akron between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 2.5 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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