Living in Akron, OH
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The fifth largest city in Ohio, the city of Akron also belongs to the larger Cleveland-Akron-Elyria Combined Statistical Area. Located south of Lake Erie along the Little Cuyahoga River, Akron developed as a boomtown between 1910-1920. One of the fastest growing cities in America during that time period, this City of Invention became known for its science and industries.
Also known as Rubber City, Akron’s rubber industry was a major reason the city flourished. In addition to being home to the four major tire makers in America–Goodyear, Firestone, Goodrich and General Tire–at the time, Akron also had a strong transportation system of railways, interstate freeways and canals, making it the perfect place for producing popular products.
Nowadays, Akron is home to several Fortune 500 companies. Moreover, the City of Invention’s contributions to the Information Age has resulted in Newsweek naming Akron one of the top ten tech havens in the world.
The result of multiple towns merging and an industry boom, even Akron’s architecture reflects its sudden growth and eclectically diverse cultures. Even Akronites’ dialects reflect this phenomenon–most native residents share several unique localisms such as devilstrip and Akroness.
Tourists are always welcome in Akron, especially during the city’s many popular festivals. Celebrate Akron’s contributions to American cuisine at the National Hamburger Festival; participate in the All-American Soapbox Derby and more! You might even spot the famous cryptozoologist legend, the Grassman, during your stay in one of the World’s Most Livable Cities.