Akron Skyline from Innerbelt Freeway

Akron is a medium sized city located in the Northeast Ohio region in Summit County in the State of Ohio in the United States.


Akron is called the City of Invention but was formerly known as the Rubber Capital of the World, and before that, as the original home of Quaker Oats, and before that, as a pottery works. Built right on the southern edge of the Connecticut Western Reserve, Akron really grew by selling gravity. It happens to be right on the shortest possible line drawn between the Cuyahoga River (connecting to the Great Lakes - Lake Erie), and the Tuscarawas River (connecting to the Ohio River and ultimately to the Gulf of Mexico.) The Portage Path, the shortest path for carrying a canoe from one water shed to the next, has connected the two since time immemorial, and is the primary reason Akron grew just where it did.


Get in

By plane

Akron-Canton Regional Airport (IATA: CAK), 5400 Lauby Rd NW, ☎ +1 330 499-4221, is the most convenient airport, small, easy to navigate, quick in-and-out.

There are non-stop flights to Akron Canton Regional Airport from the following cities (some cities may be seasonal or only offer service certain days of the week): Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Fort Myers, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia and Tampa.

There are buses to/from the airport: Metro RTA bus 110 goes a number of times a day between the airport and downtown Akron on a local route through southern Summit County - fare $1.25 and duration approximately 1 hour; SARTA Route 81 travels between downtown Canton, the Belden Village area, the airport and the downtown Akron Metro RTA Transit Center via I-77 Monday through Friday. Route 81L runs from the Airport to the Belden Village area and downtown Canton only (the 81L Saturday route does not travel to Akron) - fare $1.50. Catch the bus at the north end of the airport terminal (new location).

By train

Akron lost its Amtrak station in the last round of cuts, so you'll have to go into Cleveland or Alliance.

By car

Akron has wonderful interstate highway support. I-76 is an excellent way in from the East or West, and I-77 is an easy route to take between Cleveland and Akron. Further south on I-77 is Canton, home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Once in the city, there are two other freeways Route 8 and Route 59 (Innerbelt), both of which serve the center of the city. There is very little in the city that is more than 10 minutes from an expressway. One nice by-product of this system - rush hour is less than an hour.

By bus

Get around

By bus

By car




Arts and Culture

E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, sculpture by Dale Chihuly


Annual events

All-American Soap Box Derby Track


Highland Square,

Eclectic area centered on W. Market street.


Area north of downtown containing loft apartments and many artist studios and glassware shops, as well as jazz and blues clubs, as well as local favorite Luigi's Restaurant.


UA Polymer Science Building


Akron and Summit County boast the headquarters location for the following Fortune 1000 Corporations:










Quaker Square - Converted Grain Bins

Stay safe

Given the size of the city, and diversity and activity there, it's really pretty safe. There's almost nowhere in Akron anyone shouldn't go in the daytime, and very few places at night.

Generally, the west side of the city near Copley road is regarded as the worst section of town. With a higher rate of violent crimes and theft, it is best avoided by outsiders. Some, but not all, housing projects - most notably Joy Park project in the vicinity of the Zoo and Elizabeth Park under the All-American Bridge - are also somewhat unsafe and should be bypassed altogether by foot and car.

If visiting the University of Akron, it's best to stay west of the Market / Buchtel intersection. The near-East neighborhood of which this is the "border" (Middlebury) is not necessarily unsafe, but does have a large amount of medium-scale drug activity and the occasional assault and non-violent robbery.




Religious services

St. Vincent church

Go next

Routes through Akron

Ends at (N/S) Barberton  W  E  Tallmadge Youngstown
Cleveland Fairlawn  N  S  North Canton Canton
Findlay Barberton  W  E  Atwater Youngstown
Cleveland Cuyahoga Falls  N  S  END

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