These Are The 10 Best Akron Suburbs For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth 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…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around Akron for 2019:

  1. Chagrin Falls (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Oakwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Beachwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Pepper Pike (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Silver Lake (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Orange (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. South Russell (Homes For Sale)
  8. Hudson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Solon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Macedonia (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Akron for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs 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 (2013-2017) 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 75 suburbs to evaluate around Akron.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 75 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.

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.

Chagrin Falls, OH

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10
/10

Population: 4,081
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Income: $86,607
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%
Poverty Rate: 1.8%
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 $86,607 a year, which is the 13th highest in the Akron region. And only 130.0% are out of work. Homes average more than $335,600 each.

Oakwood, OH

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7.5
/10

Population: 9,035
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $98,125
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Poverty Rate: 6.0%
More on Oakwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Oakwood is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Akron for 2019.

It ranks 9th for incomes in the area and only 2.2% of residents lack insurance, good for 8th best.

Beachwood, OH

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7.5
/10

Population: 11,743
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Income: $86,026
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
More on Beachwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Beachwood, 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 Beachwood.

Pepper Pike, OH

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10
/10

Population: 6,213
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Income: $166,786
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
More on Pepper Pike: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pepper Pike ranks as the 4th best suburb of Akron for 2019.

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.

Silver Lake, OH

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6
/10

Population: 2,450
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $100,486
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.0%
More on Silver Lake: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Silver Lake.

Silver Lake gets kudos for having the 18th most expensive homes in the Akron area, where houses sell for an average of $204,900. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Orange, OH

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7.5
/10

Population: 3,280
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $105,167
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Orange: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Orange 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 310.0% which is 12th best in the area.

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

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10
/10

Population: 3,818
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Income: $104,219
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 1.4%
More on South Russell: Real Estate | Data

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to South Russell.

South Russell 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 26.4 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Hudson, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 22,250
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Income: $128,324
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
More on Hudson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hudson 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 2.0% of people lack insurance, good for 6th in the area.

Solon, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 23,068
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $99,050
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
More on Solon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is ‘Everything Better In Solon?’

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.

Macedonia, OH

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 11,715
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 5)
Median Income: $91,116
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 1.7%
More on Macedonia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Macedonia.

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.

Welcome to the Best Akron ‘Burbs of 2019

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.

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Detailed List Of The Best Akron Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Chagrin Falls 4,081 $86,607
2 Oakwood 9,035 $98,125
3 Beachwood 11,743 $86,026
4 Pepper Pike 6,213 $166,786
5 Silver Lake 2,450 $100,486
6 Orange 3,280 $105,167
7 South Russell 3,818 $104,219
8 Hudson 22,250 $128,324
9 Solon 23,068 $99,050
10 Macedonia 11,715 $91,116
11 Broadview Heights 19,262 $85,339
12 Moreland Hills 3,309 $141,681
13 Reminderville 3,996 $76,343
14 Independence 7,132 $93,443
15 Richfield 3,649 $84,457
16 Brecksville 13,522 $101,060
17 Strongsville 44,711 $84,135
18 Shaker Heights 27,749 $82,830
19 Seven Hills 11,694 $77,384
20 Twinsburg 18,849 $75,365
21 Aurora 15,766 $84,657
22 Stow 34,743 $68,008
23 Olmsted Falls 8,907 $63,750
24 Fairlawn 7,463 $69,004
25 Brunswick 34,658 $68,087
26 Valley View 2,051 $88,462
27 Wadsworth 22,843 $65,917
28 University Heights 13,201 $71,007
29 Middleburg Heights 15,688 $64,539
30 Walton Hills 2,217 $63,603
31 North Royalton 30,325 $69,236
32 North Canton 17,400 $57,003
33 Seville 2,538 $55,515
34 Green 25,741 $70,706
35 Medina 26,348 $60,728
36 Canal Fulton 5,457 $52,708
37 Garrettsville 2,991 $57,571
38 Tallmadge 17,506 $63,719
39 Munroe Falls 5,065 $65,095
40 New Franklin 14,180 $68,537
41 Northfield 3,658 $60,072
42 Norton 12,038 $65,321
43 Berea 18,934 $57,416
44 Mogadore 3,743 $62,207
45 Cuyahoga Falls 49,329 $52,936
46 Hartville 3,009 $47,321
47 Cleveland Heights 45,024 $55,339
48 Parma Heights 20,245 $46,696
49 Louisville 9,332 $54,827
50 Parma 79,871 $52,611
51 Streetsboro 16,305 $60,914
52 Brook Park 18,807 $49,854
53 Grafton 6,109 $55,150
54 Wooster 26,723 $43,946
55 Bedford 12,766 $43,282
56 Orrville 8,353 $49,250
57 Kent 29,771 $38,198
58 Creston 2,228 $56,346
59 Lakemore 3,075 $45,601
60 Brooklyn 10,891 $45,909
61 Massillon 32,320 $44,265
62 Maple Heights 22,630 $39,827
63 Sebring 4,294 $36,661
64 Bedford Heights 10,662 $41,962
65 Ravenna 11,530 $36,472
66 Rittman 6,596 $46,205
67 Warrensville Heights 13,278 $35,871
68 Garfield Heights 28,122 $40,887
69 Barberton 26,230 $40,592
70 Newton Falls 4,621 $40,878
71 Lodi 2,823 $35,827
72 Brewster 2,109 $43,508
73 Alliance 22,036 $32,782
74 Canton 71,763 $30,837
75 Cleveland 388,812 $27,854

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