Akron, OH

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Population

703,505

0.183% growth

Median Age

40.1


Median Household Income

$56,106

8.74% growth

Poverty Rate

13.8%


Number of Employees

352,693

2.35% growth

Median Property Value

$146,800

1.8% growth

About

In 2017, Akron, OH had a population of 704k people with a median age of 40.1 and a median household income of $56,106. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Akron, OH grew from 702,221 to 703,505, a 0.183% increase and its median household income grew from $51,598 to $56,106, a 8.74% increase.

The population of Akron, OH is 80% White Alone, 12.2% Black or African American Alone, and 3.15% Asian Alone. N/A% of the people in Akron, OH speak a non-English language, and 97.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Akron, OH are Kent State University at Kent (7,387 degrees awarded in 2016), University of Akron Main Campus (5,620 degrees), and Hiram College (304 degrees).

The median property value in Akron, OH is $146,800, and the homeownership rate is 66.7%. Most people in Akron, OH commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Akron, OH is 2 cars per household.

About the photo: Greater Akron and Northeast Ohio area

Economy

The economy of Akron, OH employs 353k people. The largest industries in Akron, OH are Manufacturing (55,255 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (48,419 people), and Retail Trade (45,792 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($115,229), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($90,250), and Utilities ($57,567).

Median household income in Akron, OH is $56,106. Males in Akron, OH have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,904. The income inequality in Akron, OH (measured using the Gini index) is 0.457, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$56,106

2017 value

± $1,430

8.74%

1 Year Growth

± 3.05%

Households in Akron, OH have a median annual income of $56,106, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $51,598 in 2016, which represents a 8.74% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,297

Average Male Salary

± $959

$46,904

Average Female Salary

± $740

In 2017, full-time male employees in Akron, OH made 1.33 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $73,640 ± $48,775

  2. Asian

    $63,304 ± $4,969

  3. American Indian

    $53,849 ± $24,595

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Akron, OH workers was Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. These workers were paid 1.16 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Akron, OH is from Ohio.

0.457

2017 Wage GINI

0.462

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Ohio was 0.457 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 1.19% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Ohio was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Ohio in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Ohio across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Akron, OH was Delaware County, OH with a value of $106,933, followed by Warren County, OH and Geauga County, OH, with respective values of $84,130 and $82,741.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Akron, OH (94.7k out of 687k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    60,252 ± 1,745

  2. Black

    25,906 ± 1,208

  3. Two Or More

    5,186 ± 558

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Akron, OH is White, followed by Black and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

353k

2017 Value

± 10,187

2.35%

1 Year growth

± 3.84%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Akron, OH grew at a rate of 2.35%, from 345k employees to 353k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Akron, OH, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (21,986 people), Other Production Occupations (10,731 people), and Material Recording, Scheduling, Dispatching, & Distributing Workers (10,289 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Akron, OH.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Akron, OH, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (21,986 people), Other Production Occupations (10,731 people), and Material Recording, Scheduling, Dispatching, & Distributing Workers (10,289 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Akron, OH has an unusually high number of residents working as First-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, & Groundskeeping Workers (3.4 times higher than expected), First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting & Prevention Workers (2.84 times), and Metal Workers & Plastic Workers (2.36 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Akron, OH, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($70,063), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($67,208), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($66,927).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

353k

2017 Value

± 10,187

2.35%

1 Year growth

± 3.84%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Akron, OH grew at a rate of 2.35%, from 345k employees to 353k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Akron, OH, are Manufacturing (55,255 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (48,419 people), and Retail Trade (45,792 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Akron, OH, though some of these residents may live in Akron, OH and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Akron, OH, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (55,255 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (48,419 people), and Retail Trade (45,792 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Akron, OH has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (1.62 times higher than expected), Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.6 times), and Utilities (1.28 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Akron, OH, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($115,229), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($90,250), and Utilities ($57,567).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Ohio to other states, or from other states to Ohio.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $65.2B

  2. $64.2B

  3. $45.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Ohio product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $65.2B, followed by Motorized vehicles with $64.2B and Machinery and $45.1B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Ohio products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$614B

2015 Value

$952B

Projected 2045 Value

55% growth

In 2015, total outbound Ohio trade was $614B. This is expected to increase 55% to $952B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Ohio trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Ohio to other states, or from other states to Ohio.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $44.3B

  2. $34.5B

  3. $31.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Ohio domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Michigan with $44.3B, followed by Indiana with $34.5B and Pennsylvania and $31.7B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Ohio shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

95% of the population of Akron, OH has health coverage, with 51.4% on employee plans, 17.6% on Medicaid, 13.7% on Medicare, 11.2% on non-group plans, and 1.09% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Akron, OH was $8,712 in 2014. This is a 5.14% increase from the previous year ($8,286).

Primary care physicians in Akron, OH see 1307 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.538% increase from the previous year (1300 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1656 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 561 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Scioto County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16.8%). Additionally, Hocking County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (40.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1307 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Ohio see an average of 1307 patients per year. This represents a 0.538% increase from the previous year (1300 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,712

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,371

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,007

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,038

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Ohio (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.14%, from $8,286 to $8,712.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

5.05%

Uninsured

51.4%

Employer Coverage

17.6%

Medicaid

13.7%

Medicare

11.2%

Non-Group

1.09%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Akron, OH declined by 13.9% from 5.86% to 5.05%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Akron, OH changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 16.8% prevalence

  2. 15.9% prevalence

  3. 15.3% prevalence

Scioto County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Ohio, at 16.8%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Ohio by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Akron, OH is home to a population of 704k people, from which 97.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.82% of Akron, OH residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Akron, OH is composed of 562k White Alone residents (80%), 85.9k Black or African American Alone residents (12.2%), 22.1k Asian Alone residents (3.15%), 16.5k Two or More Races residents (2.35%), 14.3k Hispanic or Latino residents (2.03%), 1.58k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.224%), 354 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0503%), and 252 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0358%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Akron, OH are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

40

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

43

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Akron, OH was 40.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Akron, OH are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Akron, OH residents was 40.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.82%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

4.65%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 4.82% of Akron, OH residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Akron, OH was 4.65%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. India

    63,926 ± 6,190 people

  2. Mexico

    49,870 ± 5,471 people

  3. China

    31,441 ± 4,347 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Akron, OH was India, the natal country of 63,926 Akron, OH residents, followed by Mexico with 49,870 and China with 31,441.

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Citizenship

97.5%

2017 Citizenship

96.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.5% of Akron, OH residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Akron, OH was 96.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    562k ± 222

  2. Black or African American Alone

    85.9k ± 2.41k

  3. Asian Alone

    22.1k ± 1.55k

In 2017, there were 6.55 times more White Alone residents (562k people) in Akron, OH than any other race or ethnicity. There were 85.9k Black or African American Alone and 22.1k Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Akron, OH as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Akron, OH citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.5%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Akron, OH was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Akron, OH are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    14,772 ± 1,498

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    6,057 ± 1,465

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    3,550 ± 746

Akron, OH has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.44 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Akron, OH awarded 14,577 degrees. The student population of Akron, OH is skewed towards women, with 24,309 male students and 31,119 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Akron, OH are White (10,654 and 79.3%), followed by Black or African American (1,285 and 9.57%), Unknown (487 and 3.63%), and Hispanic or Latino (342 and 2.55%).

The largest universities in Akron, OH by number of degrees awarded are Kent State University at Kent (7,387 and 50.7%), University of Akron Main Campus (5,620 and 38.6%), and Hiram College (304 and 2.09%).

The most popular majors in Akron, OH are Registered Nursing (1,178 and 8.08%), General Business Administration & Management (529 and 3.63%), and General Psychology (480 and 3.29%).

The median tuition costs in Akron, OH are $29,969 for private four year colleges, and $9,315 and $17,763 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 871 degrees awarded

  2. 480 degrees awarded

  3. 382 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Akron, OH was Registered Nursing with 871 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Akron, OH according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 7,387 degrees awarded

  2. 5,620 degrees awarded

  3. 304 degrees awarded

$9,315

Median In-State Public

$29,969

Median Private

In 2016, the Akron, OH institution with the largest number of graduating students was Kent State University at Kent with 7,387 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

6,002

Degrees Awarded to Men

8,575

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 6,002 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Akron, OH, which is 0.7 times less than the 8,575 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    10,654 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    1,285 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    487 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Akron, OH were to White students. These 10,654 degrees mean that there were 8.29 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,285 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Akron, OH was $146,800 in 2017, which is 0.675 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $144,200 to $146,800, a 1.8% increase. The homeownership rate in Akron, OH is 66.7%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Akron, OH have an average commute time of 22.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Akron, OH is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$56,106

Median Household Income

± $1,430

289k

Number of Households

± 8,384

In 2017, the median household income of the 289k households in Akron, OH grew to $56,106 from the previous year's value of $51,598.

The following chart displays the households in Akron, OH distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$146,800

2017 Median

± $4,132

$144,200

2016 Median

± $2,968

In 2017, the median property value in Akron, OH grew to to $146,800 from the previous year's value of $144,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Akron, OH compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Akron, OH the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Akron, OH distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Akron, OH the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

66.7%

2017 Homeownership

65.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 66.7% of the housing units in Akron, OH were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 65.6%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Akron, OH compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Akron, OH distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Akron, OH have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

22.1 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Akron, OH have a shorter commute time (22.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 0.998% of the workforce in Akron, OH have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    84.9%

  2. Carpooled

    7.36%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.82%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Akron, OH was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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