Akron, Ohio Population 2024

188,427

Akron is a city located in Summit County Ohio. Akron has a 2024 population of 188,427. It is also the county seat of Summit County.Akron is currently declining at a rate of -0.02% annually and its population has decreased by -0.9% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 190,130 in 2020.

The average household income in Akron is $62,186 with a poverty rate of 22.73%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Akron is 37.1 years, 35.2 years for males, and 38.9 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: 57.3%
  • Black or African American: 29.48%
  • Two or more races: 7.55%
  • Asian: 4.51%
  • Other race: 0.93%
  • Native American: 0.23%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.01%
State
Ohio
Land Area (mi²)
61.9 sq mi
Density (mi²)
3,042.50/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-0.9% (-1,703)
The current population of Akron, Ohio is 188,427 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 190,130.

Akron, Ohio Population 2024

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Akron Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White109,02957.3%
Black or African American56,08529.48%
Two or more races14,3617.55%
Asian8,5824.51%
Other race1,7650.93%
Native American4330.23%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander180.01%
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White

Black or African American

Two or more races

Asian

Other race

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Akron Population by Race

Akron Population Pyramid 2024

Akron Median Age

37.1

Total

35.2

Male

38.9

Female

Akron Adults

There are 150,130 adults, (29,485 of whom are seniors) in Akron.

Akron Age Dependency

57.7

Age Dependency Ratio

24.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Akron Sex Ratio

Female98,38151.71%
Male91,89248.29%

Akron Population by Age

Akron Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All83,9352.215050
Non Family40,3121.2443.956.1
Married23,3873.0374.825.2
Female15,5473.2831.268.8
Male4,6892.9142.557.5
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2.99

Average Family Size

2.21

Average Household Size

50.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Akron Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Akron Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Akron Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 90.92%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 27.72%.

Akron Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$37,580

Average Earnings

$41,166

Average Male

$33,445

Average Female

Akron Earnings by Educational Attainment

Akron Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Akron Language

92.16% of Akron residents speak only English, while 7.84% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 3.1% of the population.

Akron Language

Akron Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White103,95718,21317.52%
Black54,69816,96131.01%
Multiple14,0983,56525.29%
Asian8,4892,54830.02%
Hispanic6,3541,35921.39%
Other1,76550828.78%
Native4338018.48%
Islander1818100%
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22.73%

Overall Poverty Rate

21%

Male Poverty Rate

24.32%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Akron

The race most likely to be in poverty in Akron is Islander, with 100% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Akron is White, with 17.52% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.02%. Among those working part-time, it was 27.07%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 32.52%.

Akron Poverty

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade31.36%
High School20.48%
Some College18.18%
Bachelors or Greater6.93%
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Akron Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed46.28%
Male Unemployed43.36%
Female Employed12.12%
Male Employed9.14%
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Akron Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Akron Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Akron Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

32.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

34.3%

Male Marriage Rate

31.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Akron Married by Age and Sex

male

female

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 55-64.

Akron Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Akron Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

10,227

Number of Veterans

9,042

Male Veterans

1,185

Female Veterans

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Akron Veterans by War

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Akron Veterans by Age

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Akron Veterans by Race

Akron Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

12.18%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.33%

Veteran Disability Rate

Akron Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

63.2%

Labor Force Participation

58.3%

Employment Rate

7.7%

Unemployment Rate

Akron Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Akron Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Akron Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

76.08%

Born in Akron

93.81%

Native Born

6.19%

Foreign Born

3.31%

Non Citizen

2.89%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

93.81% of Akron residents were born in the United States, with 76.08% having been born in Ohio. 3.31% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Akron Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
2029188,222-41-0.02%
2028188,263-41-0.02%
2027188,304-41-0.02%
2026188,345-41-0.02%
2025188,386-41-0.02%
2024188,427-41-0.02%
2023188,468-41-0.02%
2022188,509-41-0.02%
2021188,550-1,580-0.83%
2020190,130-7,011-3.56%
2019197,141-651-0.33%
2018197,792-231-0.12%
2017198,02340%
2016198,019-493-0.25%
2015198,512-408-0.21%
2014198,920440.02%
2013198,876100.01%
2012198,866-126-0.06%
2011198,992430.02%
2010198,949-18,125-8.35%
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%
18503,266
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Akron Population by Year