Best Akron Suburbs To Live For 2020


We analyzed over 74 places around Akron to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best Akron suburbs.

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Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Akron are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

What's the best suburb of Akron? Chagrin Falls ranks as the best suburb of Akron for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Chagrin Falls, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Akron 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.
Or feel free to check out some more reading about Ohio:

The 10 Best Akron Suburbs To Live For 2020

Chagrin Falls, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 4,061
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $96,694
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 1.5%
More on Chagrin Falls: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Chagrin Falls is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Akron area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Chagrin Falls."

Everyone here is rich; families average $96,694 a year, which is the 11th highest in the Akron region. And only 1.49% are out of work. Homes average more than $347,700 each.

Oakwood, OH

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 9,030
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $102,159
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%
Poverty Rate: 6.2%
More on Oakwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Oakwood is the second best 'burb we looked at near Akron for 2020.

It ranks 9th for incomes in the area and only 1.59% of residents lack insurance, good for 7th best.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 3,801
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Median Income: $115,000
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%
Poverty Rate: 1.7%
More on South Russell: Real Estate | Data

Here in South Russell, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Akron metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in South Russell.

Pepper Pike, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 6,242
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $193,889
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.3%
More on Pepper Pike: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pepper Pike ranks as the 4th best suburb of Akron for 2020.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Pepper Pike and the schools are some of the best around.

Beachwood, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 11,704
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $89,706
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Beachwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Beachwood.

Beachwood gets kudos for having the 7th most expensive homes in the Akron area, where houses sell for an average of $296,600. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Silver Lake, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,511
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $103,947
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 2.4%
More on Silver Lake: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Silver Lake is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 2.37% which is 11th best in the area.

According to online reports, Silver Lake is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Akron area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Orange, OH

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 3,285
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $105,385
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
More on Orange: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Orange.

Orange schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 25.1 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Moreland Hills, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 3,316
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Income: $136,250
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on Moreland Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Moreland Hills is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 1.57% of people lack insurance, good for 6th in the area.

Hudson, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 22,287
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $128,638
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 2.4%
More on Hudson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Hudson?'

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Independence, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,156
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Median Income: $100,278
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Poverty Rate: 1.5%
More on Independence: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is Independence.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Akron for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs around Akron was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2014-2018 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Akron.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 74 suburbs to evaluate around Akron.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 74 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Akron." We're lookin' at you, Chagrin Falls. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Welcome to the Best Akron 'Burbs of 2020

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Akron, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more Ohio reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Akron Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Chagrin Falls, OH 4,061 $96,694
2 Oakwood, OH 9,030 $102,159
3 South Russell, OH 3,801 $115,000
4 Pepper Pike, OH 6,242 $193,889
5 Beachwood, OH 11,704 $89,706
6 Silver Lake, OH 2,511 $103,947
7 Orange, OH 3,285 $105,385
8 Moreland Hills, OH 3,316 $136,250
9 Hudson, OH 22,287 $128,638
10 Independence, OH 7,156 $100,278
11 Solon, OH 23,038 $104,625
12 Broadview Heights, OH 19,242 $88,404
13 Valley View, OH 2,013 $91,711
14 Macedonia, OH 11,808 $92,217
15 Reminderville, OH 4,113 $78,656
16 Stow, OH 34,796 $72,782
17 Fairlawn, OH 7,522 $71,119
18 Richfield, OH 3,647 $77,450
19 Brecksville, OH 13,538 $105,566
20 Strongsville, OH 44,752 $87,264
21 Twinsburg, OH 18,915 $77,021
22 Aurora, OH 15,941 $94,141
23 Shaker Heights, OH 27,620 $83,420
24 Olmsted Falls, OH 8,912 $65,982
25 Seven Hills, OH 11,690 $79,735
26 University Heights, OH 13,138 $72,951
27 Brunswick, OH 34,733 $68,664
28 Middleburg Heights, OH 15,670 $61,709
29 Wadsworth, OH 23,155 $69,329
30 Medina, OH 26,220 $63,888
31 North Royalton, OH 30,322 $70,429
32 Walton Hills, OH 2,215 $64,643
33 Green, OH 25,758 $74,167
34 North Canton, OH 17,362 $59,389
35 Tallmadge, OH 17,581 $69,823
36 Canal Fulton, OH 5,464 $49,543
37 Northfield, OH 3,677 $59,712
38 Seville, OH 2,598 $55,735
39 Munroe Falls, OH 5,065 $66,687
40 Mogadore, OH 3,645 $66,061
41 Berea, OH 18,859 $59,229
42 Hartville, OH 3,016 $47,114
43 New Franklin, OH 14,178 $70,265
44 Garrettsville, OH 2,594 $51,607
45 Cuyahoga Falls, OH 49,317 $54,250
46 Parma Heights, OH 20,162 $49,326
47 Cleveland Heights, OH 44,865 $56,993
48 Norton, OH 12,047 $66,748
49 Creston, OH 2,091 $61,731
50 Parma, OH 79,559 $55,536
51 Bedford, OH 12,705 $45,413
52 Streetsboro, OH 16,395 $63,271
53 Louisville, OH 9,317 $57,738
54 Wooster, OH 26,778 $46,384
55 Brook Park, OH 18,721 $51,626
56 Orrville, OH 8,239 $52,871
57 Grafton, OH 6,094 $58,103
58 Bedford Heights, OH 10,633 $44,667
59 Brooklyn, OH 10,862 $48,147
60 Kent, OH 29,824 $36,441
61 Massillon, OH 32,366 $46,311
62 Ravenna, OH 11,552 $39,785
63 Maple Heights, OH 22,539 $41,019
64 Warrensville Heights, OH 13,258 $34,814
65 Sebring, OH 4,263 $40,160
66 Garfield Heights, OH 28,001 $41,841
67 Barberton, OH 26,189 $42,315
68 Brewster, OH 2,159 $44,434
69 Alliance, OH 21,927 $35,020
70 Lodi, OH 2,849 $37,480
71 Lakemore, OH 3,085 $43,977
72 Rittman, OH 6,541 $44,953
73 Canton, OH 71,313 $31,735
74 Cleveland, OH 387,398 $29,008

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.