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-Revitalizing economy
-Nearby recreation
-Close to Cleveland


-Cloudy, wet climate
-Industrial landscape

What Bert Has To Say About Akron Metro Area

Akron is known as an industrial center and center of the U.S. rubber industry. The area once produced over half the tires made in the United States, in addition to manufacturing other rubber, plastic, and chemical products. Although the majority of the production has shifted south and overseas, Akron remains a corporate center for tire companies, including Goodyear, Uniroyal-Goodrich, and GenCorp. The city has a strong pro-business climate and a strategic location to many US markets, and is slowly increasing its service-economy base.

Annual local events commanding national attention are the National Soap Box Derby and the PGA golf tournaments at Firestone Country Club. For a town its size, Akron does have some arts presence. The 23,000-student University of Akron and the nearby Kent State University add some college flavor. Cost of living and housing are reasonable. Nearby Cleveland offers many amenities and services not locally present.

The rolling to hilly terrain reaches its highest elevation at 1,300 feet. Many small lakes provide water for industry and recreation, and the landscape is a mix of open terrain and wooded areas. Because of the terrain, winter temperatures and snowfall vary considerably over the area, with more snow in the north. Lake Erie, which strongly influences the weather, tempers cold air masses during the late fall and winter and contributes to formations of brief but heavy snow squalls. In between the late springs and pleasant autumns, summers are moderately warm and quite humid. Fog is common, especially in the fall. First freeze is mid-October, last is late April.


Quick Facts About Akron

    The unemployment rate in Akron is 5.60 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Akron jobs have Increased by 2.25 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Akron's cost of living is 20.10% Lower than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Akron's population is 199,955 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -8.17 percent.
    Average Commute time is 20 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in Akron is $60,200. Home appreciation the last year has been 1.70 percent.
    Akron public schools spend $13,485 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 17.4 students per teacher in Akron.

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