About forty miles south of Cleveland is Akron, the county seat of Summit County. Akron is known as the “Rubber Capital of the World.” At one time, it was home to the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, the Goodrich Corporation, Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, and General Tire. Today, Goodyear remains one of the city’s major employers.
In spite of its industrial roots, Akron has a rich cultural life, including the Akron Art Museum, the Akron Police Museum, the Akron Civic Theatre, the National Inventors Hall of Fame, and the American Marble and Toy Museum.
The city plays host to many festivals throughout the year. Among these are the National Hamburger Festival, the First Night Akron New Year’s Eve celebration, and Art in the Square.
Akron’s parks are the scene for many concerts, festivals, and other activities. Facilities include a skate park, biking and hiking trails, and much more.
The University of Akron is listed on the Princeton Review‘s “Best in the Midwest” list and brings both educational and cultural opportunities to the city.
Apartments in Akron/Summit County are available in studio to three-bedroom units, with rents priced in the average range for the greater Cleveland area.