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