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Thriving home to more than 21,000 businesses and more than 150 Fortune 500 company operations, Greater Akron is a global leader in plastic processing, liquid crystal and polymer research. The region benefits from a unique ethos of collaboration and talent where the city of Akron, Summit County, Portage County, Medina County and the Greater Akron Chamber all work together to generate mutually rewarding business opportunities.

Greater Akron Book of Facts

A comprehensive reference book containing demographics, workforce statistics, economic development organizations, industry profiles, largest employers and manufacturers in the Greater Akron Region.

Colleges & Universities

Institutions of Higher Education Within A 50-Mile Radius of Akron

Cost of Doing Business

Commercial Real Estate Cost in the Akron Region

Economic Indicators

Greater Akron Region Demographics

Greater Akron Region Demographics
  • Population:
    • Medina County - 172,332
    • Portage County - 161,416
    • Summit County - 541,781
    • Within 150-mile radius around Akron, OH - 17,000,000
    • Within 500-mile radius around Akron, OH - 45% of U.S. population
  • Akron, OH Metroplitan Statistical Area is 77th largest in the U.S.
  • Cleveland-Akron-Canton, OH Combined Statistical Area is 15th largest in the U.S.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics

Reflecting unemployment rates across the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Commerce

Bureau of Economic Analysis showing Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and Personal Income.

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