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Best Cities 2010: Akron, OH

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Best Cities 2010: Akron, OH

Lebron James calls this Ohio city home, and Akron is also the birthplace of ice cream cones, hamburgers and caramel corn snacks

City: Akron


State: Ohio


Best Cities Overall Rank: 88


About Akron:


Ice cream cones, hamburgers and caramel corn snacks were invented here. Lebron James, basketball superstar, was born and raised here.


The average home price is $68,000. The Akron Zoo is home to more than 700 animals from each of earth’s seven continents.


County: Summit


Population: 207510


Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitors’ bureau website


Newspaper with the largest circulation: Akron Beacon-Journal


Akron blogs:
A Busy Mom of Two
Akron Ohio Moms
First Bell


Akron‘s Facebook page: Follow Akron on Facebook


Akron‘s Twitter page: Follow Akron on Twitter


 


Education rank:48


High School graduation rate 2008: 76.40%


Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 0


Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0


NEAYC-accredited preschools: 4


NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 1.92


NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 269


Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 14.5


Total Expenditures Per Student: $12,769


 


Health rank: 48


Quality children’s hospitals: 1


Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.48


Quality Pediatricians: 2


Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0.96


Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0.66


 


Safety rank: 84


Violent Crimes, 2008: 1,897


Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 914.17


Sex Offenders: 1,219


Sex Offenders per 100,000: 587.44


 


Economy rank: 85


Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 21.30


Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 11.80


Best Performing Cities Job Index: 1,278.47


Median Home Sale Price: $67,800


5-Year Home Value Index: -3.77%


Percent of homes sold for a loss: 25.95%


 


Recreation Rank: 84


Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 941.7


Parkland per 100,000: 453.81


 


Photo courtesy of OHWiki