Akron, Ohio


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In 1811, the Connecticut Land Company’s Connecticut Western Reserve General Simon Perkins and Paul Williams co-founded a town at the summit of the developing Ohio and Erie Canal.  They named the town ‘Akron’, because the word derived from a Greek source signifying a summit or high point.  It was officially founded in 1825, incorporated into a village in 1836, and then incorporated once again, this time into a city, in 1865.

The modern day city of Akron has a population of 198,100 people, according to a 2013 US census estimate.  This makes it the 116th most populous city in the country.  It also makes Akron the fifth-largest city in the state of Ohio.  Akron’s metropolitan statistical area has a population of 705,686 people, according to that same 2013 report.  This makes it the 77th most populous metropolitan statistical area in the US.  Akron is also part of the Cleveland-Akron-Canton, OH Combined Statistical Area.  According to a 2010 estimate by the United States census bureau, this CSA has a population of 3,515,646 people.

Akron has often been referred to as ‘Rubber City’, ‘Polymer Valley’, or the ‘Rubber Capital of the World.’  This is due, in large part, to companies such as General Tire, B.F Goodrich, Firestone, and Goodyear having been founded there.  Goodyear is still headquartered in the area.

In fact, the Goodyear Polymer Center is located on the University of Akron campus.  This 146,000 sq. ft. research facility opened in 1991 and houses both the Department of Polymer Science and the Institute of Polymer Science.  Even more spectacular is the Goodyear Airdock, which was built in 1929 by the architect Albert Kahn.  The Goodyear Airdock is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is the location where many Goodyear Aerospace airships and zeppelins have been constructed and stored.

Akron is home to one other Fortune 500 company: FirstEnergy.  Along with Goodyear and FirstEnergy, the city is also home to GOJO, Advanced Elastomer Systems, FirstMerit Bank, Myers Industries, Acme Fresh Market, and Sterling Jewelers.  The largest employer in the Akron area, however, is Summa Health System, which is responsible for 10,000 local jobs.

The University of Akron began its existence in 1870 as Buchtel College.  Today, the University of Akron is a public research university, and part of the University System of Ohio.  The University of Akron has often been heralded as the world leader in polymer research.  The University serves 22,619 students in total, employing 2,573 academic staff, offering 200 undergraduate and more than 100 graduate majors.  As of 2013, it had a $206 million endowment.

Akron is not known for its professional sports.  However, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is located in nearby Canton, Ohio.  The Pro Football Hall of Fame opened on September 7th, 1963.  It had 17 charter enshrines.  As of 2015, there are 297 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  As of 2010, it has 191,943 annual visitors.  The Pro Football Hall of Fame inducts a maximum of seven enshrines per year: two “senior” candidates and five “non-senior” candidates.

Own a small business in the Akron area?  Thinking about it?  These resources could help you:

Apply for a Business License in Akron

Ohio.gov: Starting a Business

Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce

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