Akron is located along the banks of the Cuyahoga River in the Great Lakes Region of northeastern Ohio. A three-time winner of the National Civic League’s All-America City award, Akron is home to more than 197,000 residents and a progressive, business-friendly economy that supports over 16,000 diversified businesses. Recent positive job growth, low unemployment, and median home values in the low $80Ks continue to draw new residents and businesses to the city each year.
Akron is a great city for sports, recreation, and leisure. The city’s comprehensive park system features 14 metro parks, 5 conservation areas, and numerous interconnecting trails for hiking and biking. Metro park amenities include fishing, boating, swimming, and archery in summer, and sledding, ice-skating, ice fishing, and cross-country skiing in winter.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park is located just seven miles north of Akron. Among the top ten most visited national parks in the nation, the 33,000-acre nature park and wildlife preserve is home to a variety of plants, wildlife, and migratory birds. The park features hiking, biking, horseback riding, kayaking, and canoeing along the Cuyahoga River and Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail, as well as scenic train rides aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and golfing at any of several outstanding public golfing facilities scattered throughout the park.
Akron features several top-rated cultural attractions that include the Akron Civic Theatre, home to the Akron Ballet and Akron Symphony Orchestra, and the Akron Art Museum, featuring collections and exhibits of American impressionism, realism, and postmodern sculptures & paintings in a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Akron is home to the world-famous Soap Box Derby World Championship Race, held annually at Derby Downs, and the Bridgestone Invitational World Golf Championship, held each August at Firestone Country Club. For family fun and entertainment, visitors will enjoy the Akron Zoo, one of the top-rated zoos in the nation that is home to more than 700 animals housed in six themed areas across the park. Lock 3 is a unique live entertainment venue that features a park and amphitheater on the old Ohio & Erie Canalway. The park hosts dozens of concerts, festivals, and special events each year, including the National Hamburger Festival, held each August, and the popular Friday Night Rock the Lock concert series, held May through September of each year.
Beautiful scenery, fun attractions, and outstanding community amenities make Akron a great place to live or visit in northeastern Ohio!