Akron, Ohio Population 2018

Akron is a city located in the state of Ohio. It is located in Summit County, where it serves as the county seat. In terms of population, Akron is the fifth most populous city in Ohio, with estimates putting the population at 197,633. The city was first founded in 1825 and since that time, many important historical events have occurred. Akron has been home to many international corporations and has earned several nicknames, including “Rubber Capital of the World.”

Akron History

The history of Akron goes back many years, but the city itself came to be in 1825. Settler Paul Williams came to the area in 1811 and suggested founding a town along the Ohio and Erie Canal. Plans for the city were laid out in 1825. At the time, the city was named South Akron because a North Akron already existed. However, the settlements merges and were incorporated as a village in 1836.

In 1841, Akron was designated as the county seat of Summit County, replacing Cuyahoga Falls. The canal was opened shortly after, which led to the sewer pipe, fishing tackle, farming equipment and stoneware industries. Akron began to grow, both in terms of the city boundaries and the population. One of the most notable things about the city’s early history was that the law was began here which launched the K-12 public school system that is still in use today. The public school system was created in 1847, and Akron Public Schools opened the same year. Years later, in 1870, Buchtel College was founded. This later became the University of Akron.

In 1865, Akron was incorporated as a city. Around this time, many churches were being built and the city continued to expand. The Akron Toy Company was founded here and was the site of many inventions, including dolls, balls and clay marbles. By the end of the 19th century, the Bedford and Cleveland Railroad was up and running.

In the 20th century, Akron earned the name “Rubber Capital of the World”it was the site of four tire companies: Firestone, General Time, Goodyear and Goodrich. These major tire companies provided many jobs to Akronites and was even named “Crossroads of the Deaf” because of the number of deaf employees that worked within these factories. To keep up with the population, rubber companies built affordable housing for their employees.

From 1910 to 1920, Akron was the fastest-growing city in the United States. A large number of immigrants from all over the world chose to live in this city. During this time, the tire companies continued to prosper, with Goodyear’s subsidiary even manufacturing air ships and blimps for the military. The annexation of neighboring Kenmore resulted in additional growth.

Growth continued through the 1950s and 1960s as more people were purchasing cars. However, just like many other industries, tires and rubber went into decline and only one manufacturer was left in Akron by the 1990s. In the early 2000s, the number of rubber workers was cut in half.

However, despite rubber’s decline, Akron found another opportunity with polymers. Akron is home to nearly 100 polymer factories and research centers are located throughout the city. In the early 2000s, the city was named as one of America’s top tech havens and was also nicknamed “City of Invention.” The city has won multiple awards for innovation and it is home to many large companies including GOJO, Myers Industries and Sterling Jewelers. The city has many renowned colleges and universities, research centers and attractions, including the Akron Riverwalk which is currently back in development following the financial crisis that ended in 2010.

Akron Demographics

Akron has a population of over 197,000, which reflects a decrease from the last census of 2010, when the population was recorded as 199,110. The city’s area is over 62 square miles, and it has a population density of over 3,209 people per square mile. The last census showed that over 62% of Akronites are white, 31.5% are Black, 3.2% are Mixed Race, and 2.1% are Hispanic or Latino. Over one-quarter of the population is 25 to 44. Another 25.9% are 45 to 64. Almost 23% of the population is under age 18, while 12.6% are at least 65. There are more females than males, making up 51.7% of Akron’s total population. Roughly 26.7% of residents live below the federal poverty line.

Akron Population Growth

Akron was once the fastest-growing city in the United States. However, the decline of the tire and rubber industries did have an effect on the city’s population. Akron’s population peaked in 1960, with over 290,000 inhabitants. However, this number has continued to decline every decade, falling below 200,000 at the time of the 2010 census. The current estimated population shows that the population has dropped just 0.7% since the last census, which has slowed down significantly from previous years. Because of Akron’s continued role as a city of innovation and invention, future growth is possible to push the city above 200,000 residents once again.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2017197,8461350.07%
2016197,711-554-0.28%
2015198,265-481-0.24%
2014198,746250.01%
2013198,721-111-0.06%
2012198,832-135-0.07%
2011198,967210.01%
2010198,946-18,128-8.35%
2000217,074-5,945-2.67%
1990223,019-14,158-5.97%
1980237,177-38,248-13.89%
1970275,425-14,926-5.14%
1960290,35115,7465.73%
1950274,60529,81412.18%
1940244,791-10,249-4.02%
1930255,04046,60522.36%
1920208,435139,368201.79%
191069,06726,33961.64%
190042,72815,12754.81%
189027,60111,08967.16%
188016,5126,50665.02%
187010,0066,529187.78%
18603,4772116.46%
18503,2660.00%

Akron Population in 2018Source: By Sleepydre [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White121,190
Black or African American60,493
Two or More Races8,174
Asian7,120
Some Other Race1,030
American Indian and Alaska Native450
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander51

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Akron Population Pyramid 2018

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Akron Median Age

36.7


Total

35.1


Male

38.6


Female

Lancaster Adults

There are 155,111 adults in Akron.

Akron Age Dependency

54.4

Age Dependency Ratio

21

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Akron Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Median Number of Rooms (per House)
5.5
Houses Without Mortgage
15,779
Houses With Mortgage
27,299
Vacancy Rate
13.5
Median Rent
693
Median Home Value
80,000
Renter-Occupied Units
41,307
Owner-Occupied Units
43,078
Total Housing Units
97,576

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Akron for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 7% and the labor force participation rate is 62.3%.

Akron Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size
2.29
Average Family Size
3.04
Total Households
84385
Married Couple Households
25193
Male Householder (no wife) Families
4447
Female Householder (no husband) Families
15984
Non Family Households
38761
Total Families
45624
Households With Own Children
19610
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
6.8
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
0.4

Akron Income Distribution

Indicator Value
Under $10,000
11,190
$10,000 to $14,999
7,051
$15,000 to $24,999
12,455
$25,000 to $34,999
11,240
$35,000 to $49,999
12,469
$50,000 to $74,999
14,799
$75,000 to $99,999
7,141
$100,000 to $149,999
5,313
$150,000 to $199,999
1,368
Over $200,000
1,359

Akron Household Income

Income

Median

Mean

Akron

Ohio

$35,240

$50,674

$48,368

$68,341

Under 10k10k - 15k15k - 25k25k - 35k35k - 50k50k - 75k75k - 100k100k - 150k150k - 200kOver 200k00.050.10.150.2

Akron Education Data

Akron Educational Attainment (over 25)

Indicator Value Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade
5,2273.96%
9th to 12th Grade
12,7249.63%
High School Graduate
47,14235.69%
Some College
28,27921.41%
Associates Degree
12,0049.09%
Bachelors Degree
17,74813.44%
Graduate Degree
8,9496.78%