These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Akron For 2018


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Akron are the best of the best.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Akron, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Akron neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Akron are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Akron for 2018:

  1. Northwest Akron
  2. Fairlawn Heights
  3. Firestone Park
  4. Highland Square
  5. West Akron
  6. Ellet
  7. Merriman Valley
  8. Wallhaven
  9. South Akron
  10. Goodyear Heights

Read on to see how we determined the places around Akron that deserve a little bragging rights.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Ohio check out the best places in Ohio overall or the worst neighborhoods in Akron.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Akron for 2018?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Akron, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 21 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Akron.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Northwest Akron.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Akron has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

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1. Northwest Akron

Population: 11,234
Median Income: $69,119
Median Home Value: $164,410

2. Fairlawn Heights

Population: 2,663
Median Income: $70,855
Median Home Value: $230,167

3. Firestone Park

Population: 14,923
Median Income: $41,583
Median Home Value: $80,932

4. Highland Square

Population: 10,712
Median Income: $35,615
Median Home Value: $96,920

5. West Akron

Population: 16,971
Median Income: $35,209
Median Home Value: $79,044

6. Ellet

Population: 17,838
Median Income: $43,654
Median Home Value: $96,157

7. Merriman Valley

Population: 8,017
Median Income: $47,363
Median Home Value: $121,286

8. Wallhaven

Population: 4,362
Median Income: $52,652
Median Home Value: $124,040

9. South Akron

Population: 6,343
Median Income: $25,366
Median Home Value: $60,389

10. Goodyear Heights

Population: 18,829
Median Income: $41,474
Median Home Value: $74,838

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Akron

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Akron where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Akron:

  1. Downtown
  2. University Of Ohio Akron
  3. Middlebury

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Akron

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Northwest Akron 1 11,234 $164,410 2,000 3.0%
Fairlawn Heights 2 2,663 $230,167 2,000 5.8%
Firestone Park 3 14,923 $80,932 5,576 5.1%
Highland Square 4 10,712 $96,920 5,451 8.5%
West Akron 5 16,971 $79,044 6,277 13.4%
Ellet 6 17,838 $96,157 5,373 6.0%
Merriman Valley 7 8,017 $121,286 3,163 3.7%
Wallhaven 8 4,362 $124,040 4,371 9.7%
South Akron 9 6,343 $60,389 7,015 12.2%
Goodyear Heights 10 18,829 $74,838 6,035 9.2%
Rolling Acres 11 2,817 $68,750 6,499 13.1%
North Hill 12 14,561 $67,253 6,725 7.9%
Lane-Wooster 13 6,215 $58,525 7,177 12.4%
Kenmore 14 15,747 $63,760 6,653 8.2%
Chapel Hill 15 6,553 $80,320 5,892 8.6%
Elizabeth Park Valley 16 3,630 $54,225 6,719 13.5%
East Akron 17 11,313 $52,200 7,265 13.5%
Summit Lake 18 3,754 $55,200 7,568 13.9%
Middlebury 19 5,846 $42,856 7,713 16.1%
University Of Ohio Akron 20 8,025 $25,429 7,999 8.7%
Downtown 21 4,813 $55,800 7,442 8.7%

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