Akron, Ohio Population 2021

197,023
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Akron is a city located in Summit County Ohio. It is also the county seat of Summit County. With a 2020 population of 197,023, it is the 5th largest city in Ohio (after Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Toledo) and the 128th largest city in the United States . Akron is currently declining at a rate of -0.15% annually and its population has decreased by -1.05% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 199,110 in 2010. Akron reached it's highest population of 290,351 in 1960. Spanning over 62 miles, Akron has a population density of 3,181 people per square mile.

The average household income in Akron is $55,286 with a poverty rate of 23.45%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $759 per month, and the median house value is $82,400. The median age in Akron is 36.9 years, 35.1 years for males, and 38.7 years for females.

Akron has been home to many international corporations and has earned several nicknames, including “Rubber Capital of the World.”

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.

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 merged 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 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 were 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 airships 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

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Akron was:

  • White: 59.89%
  • Black or African American: 30.32%
  • Asian: 4.64%
  • Two or more races: 4.31%
  • Other race: 0.58%
  • Native American: 0.24%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.01%
The current population of Akron, Ohio is 197,023 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 197,884.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 199,110.

Akron, Ohio Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021702,727-376-0.05%
2020703,103-376-0.05%
2019703,479-376-0.05%
2018703,855-132-0.02%
2017703,9874630.07%
2016703,524-858-0.12%
2015704,382-526-0.07%
2014704,9081,2870.18%
2013703,6211,5120.21%
2012702,109-1,091-0.16%
2011703,2001690.02%
2010703,0310.00%

Akron Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White118,61259.89%
Black or African American60,05530.32%
Asian9,1964.64%
Two or More Races8,5454.31%
Some Other Race1,1480.58%
American Indian and Alaska Native4720.24%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander230.01%
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Akron Population by Race

Akron Population Pyramid $2021

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Akron Median Age

36.9


Total

35.1


Male

38.7


Female

Akron Adults

There are 156,082 adults, (29,285 of whom are seniors) in Akron.

Akron Age Dependency

56.2

Age Dependency Ratio

23.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Akron Sex Ratio

Female

103,256

52.14%

Male

94,795

47.86%

Akron Population by Age

Akron Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Akron Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married73.3%26.7%
Male51.6%48.4%
All50.1%49.9%
Non Family43%57%
Female32.2%67.8%

50.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Akron Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All84,9402.2750.1
Non Family39,8411.2643
Married24,4813.0873.3
Female16,1573.2832.2
Male4,4613.1751.6

3.05

Average Family Size

2.27

Average Household Size

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Akron Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5,2813.96%
9th to 12th Grade12,0439.02%
High School Graduate45,72634.25%
Some College30,62622.94%
Associates Degree11,4078.54%
Bachelors Degree18,36813.76%
Graduate Degree10,0527.53%
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Akron Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Akron Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White84,70576,00321,815
Black37,36032,4564,319
Asian5,6093,3531,214
Hispanic2,9281,991626
2+ Races2,5362,220483
Other Race60734555
Native American35918580
Islander2323

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 25.75%.

Akron Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,183$34,802$27,435
Less Than 9th Grade$18,427$21,394$15,569
High School Graduate$26,984$31,688$21,829
Some College$30,482$34,544$26,733
Bachelors Degree$43,921$51,376$39,210
Graduate Degree$55,610$62,963$51,970

$31,183

Average Earnings

$34,802

Average Male

$27,435

Average Female

Akron Earnings by Educational Attainment

Akron Language by Age

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Akron Language

91.66% of Akron residents speak only English, while 8.34% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 3.15% of the population.

Akron Language

Akron Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White111,35619,42517.44%
Black58,55719,34533.04%
Multiple8,1962,78033.92%
Asian9,1252,54927.93%
Hispanic5,3121,15021.65%
Other1,14118416.13%
Native4728016.95%
Islander23417.39%

23.45%

Overall Poverty Rate

20.95%

Male Poverty Rate

25.73%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Akron

The race most likely to be in poverty in Akron is Multiple, with 33.92% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Akron is Other, with 16.13% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.07%. Among those working part-time, it was 28.35%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 31.90%.

Akron Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade30.19%
High School20.81%
Some College18.46%
Bachelors or Greater7.58%

Akron Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed58.95%
Male Unemployed40.68%
Female Employed13.38%
Male Employed8.70%

Akron Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Akron Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$38,739$55,286
Families$48,679$67,606
Married Families$68,202$87,472
Non Families$27,753$39,008
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Income by Household Type

Akron Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

33.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

34.5%

Male Marriage Rate

32.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Akron Married by Age and Sex

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Akron Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Akron Marital Status by Race

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Akron Marital Status

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10,778

Number of Veterans

10,012

Male Veterans

766

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam3,720
First Gulf War1,445
Second Gulf War1,414
Korea701
World War II475

Akron Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 743,101
75+2,493
35 to 542,312
55 to 642,152
18 to 34720

Akron Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White7,4117.42%
Black3,0736.99%
2+ Races1353.43%
Other Race8411.35%
Asian530.76%
Hispanic461.22%
Native American225.38%

Akron Veterans by Race

Akron Veterans by Education

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14.01%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.65%

Veteran Disability Rate

Akron Veterans by Education

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62.5%

Labor Force Participation

57.4%

Employment Rate

8.1%

Unemployment Rate

Akron Employment by Age

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Akron Employment by Race

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Akron Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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76.10%

Born in Akron

93.45%

Native Born

6.55%

Foreign Born

4.05%

Non Citizen

2.50%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

93.45% of Akron residents were born in the United States, with 76.10% having been born in Ohio. 4.05% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Akron Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021197,023-287-0.15%
2020197,310-287-0.15%
2019197,597-287-0.15%
2018197,884-201-0.10%
2017198,085170.01%
2016198,068-520-0.26%
2015198,588-420-0.21%
2014199,008360.02%
2013198,97230.00%
2012198,969-143-0.07%
2011199,112310.02%
2010199,081-17,993-0.86%
2000217,074-5,945-0.27%
1990223,019-14,158-0.61%
1980237,177-38,248-1.48%
1970275,425-14,926-0.53%
1960290,35115,7460.56%
1950274,60529,8141.16%
1940244,791-10,249-0.41%
1930255,04046,6052.04%
1920208,435139,36811.68%
191069,06726,3394.92%
190042,72815,1274.47%
189027,60111,0895.27%
188016,5126,5065.14%
187010,0066,52911.15%
18603,4772110.63%
18503,2660.00%

Akron Population by Year