Akron, Ohio Population 2020

198,148

Akron is a city located in Summit County, Ohio. With a 2020 population of 198,148, it is the 5th largest city in Ohio (after Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Toledo) and the 126th largest city in the United States. Akron is currently growing at a rate of 0.04% annually but its population has decreased by -0.48% 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 3,199 people per square mile.

The average household income in Akron is $53,027 with a poverty rate of 23.33%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $735 per month, and the median house value is $81,400. The median age in Akron is 36.7 years, 35 years for males, and 38.6 years for females. For every 100 females there are 92.8 males.

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: 60.13%
  • Black or African American: 30.08%
  • Asian: 4.59%
  • Two or more races: 4.34%
  • Other race: 0.63%
  • Native American: 0.23%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.01%
The current population of Akron, Ohio is 198,148, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 198,006. The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 199,110.
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020705,8014780.07%
2019705,3234780.07%
2018704,8454780.07%
2017704,3676770.10%
2016703,690-758-0.11%
2015704,448-473-0.07%
2014704,9211,2960.18%
2013703,6251,5450.22%
2012702,080-1,043-0.15%
2011703,123880.01%
2010703,0350.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White119,25360.13%
Black or African American59,64330.08%
Asian9,0954.59%
Two or More Races8,5974.34%
Some Other Race1,2490.63%
American Indian and Alaska Native4550.23%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander220.01%

Akron Population Pyramid 2020

Akron Median Age

36.7


Total

35


Male

38.6


Female

Akron Adults

There are 156,016 adults, (28,222 of whom are seniors) in Akron.

Akron Age Dependency

55.2

Age Dependency Ratio

22.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Akron Sex Ratio

Female

102,885

51.88%

Male

95,429

48.12%

Akron Households and Families

Akron Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Akron Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married74.7%25.3%
All50.6%49.4%
Male49.7%50.3%
Non Family42.6%57.4%
Female32.9%67.1%

50.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All84,7612.2850.6
Non Family39,2741.2542.6
Married24,8413.0474.7
Female16,0123.3232.9
Male4,6343.2549.7

3.05

Average Family Size

2.28

Average Household Size

7.6%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Akron Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5,2363.92%
9th to 12th Grade12,4109.29%
High School Graduate45,70134.21%
Some College30,06322.50%
Associates Degree11,9408.94%
Bachelors Degree18,51413.86%
Graduate Degree9,7307.28%

Akron Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White85,21476,28821,657
Black37,28232,0564,471
Asian5,5093,2991,174
Multiple Races2,6572,411592
Hispanic2,5671,754404
Other Race69247749
Native American35618964
Islander2222

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 25.41%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,512$33,970$27,202
Less Than High School$17,476$22,218$14,799
High School Grad$26,598$31,250$21,742
Some College$29,646$33,715$26,563
Bachelors Degree$41,204$51,036$36,876
Graduate Degree$57,078$63,969$53,347

$30,512

Average Earnings

$33,970

Average Male

$27,202

Average Female

Akron Language

Akron Language by Age

Akron Language

92.11% of Akron residents speak only English, while 7.89% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 3.14% of the population.

Akron Poverty

Akron Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black58,29919,85834.06%
White112,71419,11716.96%
Multiple8,2882,94735.56%
Asian8,9701,88821.05%
Hispanic4,6301,28927.84%
Other1,24116513.30%
Native4558418.46%
Islander22313.64%

23.33%

Overall Poverty Rate

21.23%

Male Poverty Rate

25.26%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Akron

The race most likely to be in poverty in Akron is Multiple, with 35.56% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Akron is Other, with 13.30% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.91%. Among those working part-time, it was 28.10%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 32.26%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School31.44%
High School20.27%
Some College18.52%
Bachelors or Greater6.77%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed57.28%
Male Unemployed40.17%
Female Employed13.72%
Male Employed8.35%

Akron Income

Akron Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$37,533$53,027
Families$48,217$64,581
Married Families$68,136$84,906
Non Families$26,795$37,433

Akron Marital Status

Akron Marital Status

Marriage Rates

34.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

35.4%

Male Marriage Rate

32.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Akron Married by Age and Sex

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

Akron Veterans

11,543

Number of Veterans

10,775

Male Veterans

768

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam3,813
First Gulf War1,462
Second Gulf War1,320
Korea849
World War II517
Age Group Veterans
65 to 743,062
75+2,670
35 to 542,583
55 to 642,355
18 to 34873
Name Veterans % of Total
White7,7657.78%
Black3,4817.92%
2 or More1423.56%
Hispanic1133.43%
Other9010.95%
Asian440.63%
Indian215.43%

$Akron Veterans by Education

13.76%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.31%

Veteran Disability Rate

Akron Employment Status

62.5%

Labor Force Participation

57.2%

Employment Rate

8.4%

Unemployment Rate

Akron Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

76.31%

Born in Ohio

93.76%

Native Born

6.24%

Foreign Born

4.01%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

93.76% of Akron residents were born in the United States, with 76.31% having been born in Ohio. 4.01% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020198,148710.04%
2019198,077710.04%
2018198,006-86-0.04%
2017198,092710.04%
2016198,021-503-0.25%
2015198,524-413-0.21%
2014198,937360.02%
2013198,901170.01%
2012198,884-132-0.07%
2011199,016130.01%
2010199,003-18,071-0.87%
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%