An active, prosperous city, Akron combines several towns and industries and boasts 21 neighborhoods. Founded in 1825, Akron continues to build, develop and merge in response to changing times, resulting in huge diversity of architecture and neighborhoods. Including apartments and single-family homes, properties range from new developments to downtown Art Deco, to impressive historic homes in West Hill and the Oakdale Historic District.
Since its founding, Akron continues to be a center of technological innovation. Initially famous for its rubber production, Akron was home to major rubber and tire manufacturers, including Goodyear, Firestone, and General Tire. At this time, Goodyear continues to be located in Akron. Currently, Akron is at the center of Polymer Valley and home to 94 polymer-related companies and the National Polymer Innovation Center, as well as the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, continuing to pioneer exciting advances in high technology. Akron is also a leader in medical innovation; its Akron Children's Hospital was the first in the world to successfully treat burn victims with lab-grown human skin, and its Akron City Hospital and St. Thomas Hospital are considered among the best hospitals in America.
New commercial and industrial developments are constantly burgeoning, including numerous shopping districts, major company headquarters and research facilities. The Akron public school system is undergoing a major improvement process; additionally, Akron offers a variety of private and charter schools. The University of Akron is a major tech research center and is among the best universities in the Midwest. With employment and educational opportunities galore, Akron also offers a large array of options for relaxation and entertainment. 39 miles from Lake Erie, Akron has a multitude of nature parks and recreations areas along the Ohio and Erie Canal. Music concerts, sports and festivals are all part of city life. Famous for its award winning beer brewed by Akron's Hoppin' Frog Brewing Company, Akron offers a diverse cuisine and fine dining establishments. Take in a live show at the Akron Civic Theater or stop in at the Art in the Square festival in Highland Square to enjoy art and music produced by local performers. The Akron Art Museum provides a destination for high-culture lovers with its extensive collection of art. A large city with a booming tech and industrial economy, Akron offers great opportunities for work, education and living. To find the property that is right for you, visit our Akron, Ohio listings.