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Located in the US State of Ohio, Akron is also known as the Rubber Capital of the World and the City of Invention. It is the fifth largest city in the state and is also one of the fastest growing cities in the country. The city of Akron is also a part of the Great Lakes Region and is situated just 39 miles from the famous Lake Erie. Did you know that locals in Akron refer to themselves as Akronites? Find out more interesting facts about Akron below:

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Fun Facts About Akron

Akron Demographic and Geographical Fast Facts

  • Situated in US state of Ohio, Akron belongs to Summit County.
  • With a population of 703,200, Akron is the fifth largest city in the state of Ohio.
  • This city is home to several racial compositions including White (62.2%), Hispanic (2.1%), African American (31.5%), Native American (0.2%), Non-Hispanic White (61.2%), Asians (2.1%), Other Races (0.8%) and Two or more Races (3.2%).
  • Akron is situated in the Great Lakes Region and is about 39 miles from Lake Erie.
  • There are 21 neighborhoods in the city of Akron plus another three which are unincorporated but recognized in Akron.

Akron History Fast Facts

  • Akron is founded in December 1825.
  • The term ‘South’ was added to Akron, when Eliakim Crosby established North Akron in the year 1833.
  • However, in 1836, North Akron and South Akron were merged to form an incorporated village.
  • In 1841, Akron became the county seat of Summit County.
  • The word Akron is derived from a Greek word that literally means the high place.

Akron Government and Economy Fast Facts

  • Akron is home to several Fortune 500 companies including First Energy, and Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.
  • Akron has won many economic awards like All American City and City Livability.
  • Companies like GOJO, First Merit Bank, Acme Fresh Market, Myers Industries and Sterling Jewelers have their headquarters in Akron city.
  • Between the period of 1910 and 1920, Akron was one of the fastest growing cities in the country.

Akron Interesting and Important Fast Facts

  • Akron is also known as the ‘Rubber City’, ‘Rubber Capital of the World’ and ‘City of Invention’.
  • Alcoholic Anonymous, started by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, was founded in Akron in 1935.
  • Akron is the birth city of the trucking industry in the county.
  • Lebron James, the famous basketball player, was born and brought up in Akron city.
  • The pickles family from the famous TV show – Rugrats, was originally from Akron.
  • Even though Akron was the first city to use a police car, it was actually an electric wagon.
  • Akron University is the only university in the county to offer a Corrosion Engineering degree.
  • Linda Lorenz-Sengpiel, the unbeaten Yo-Yo champion, is from the city of Akron.
  • Parke Thompson, who once held the Guinness Book of World Records for the most traveled person, is an Akron native.
  • Akron was home to the all deaf football team - Goodyear Silents during 1910’s and 1920’s.
  • Charles and Frank Menches, who are known for inventing the hamburger, ice cream cone and caramel corn, first started in Akron.
  • During one of the events in the National Hamburger Festival of Akron, contestants have to pick up hamburgers from a tub of ketchup using only their mouth.
  • The American Marble and Toy Manufacturing Company, the country’s first major toy manufacturing company, was based in Akron.
  • The East Avenue in Akron is actually located on the west of the city.
  • Akron Wingfoots is the oldest basketball team in the country.
  • FirstMerit Tower is the tallest building the city of Akron.
  • The only daily published newspaper in Akron is the Akron Beacon Journal.
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