The 10 Best Akron Suburbs To Live For 2021


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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best Akron suburbs.

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? Oakwood ranks as the best suburb of Akron for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Oakwood, 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.

Feel free to check out some more reading about Ohio:

The 10 Best Akron Suburbs To Live For 2021

Oakwood, OH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,982
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $112,917
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
More on Oakwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Everyone here is rich; families average $112,917 a year, which is the 6th highest in the Akron region. And only 1.51% are out of work. Homes average more than $248,000 each.

Chagrin Falls, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 4,032
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $101,691
Unemployment Rate: 0.9%
Poverty Rate: 1.7%
More on Chagrin Falls: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Chagrin Falls is the second best 'burb we looked at near Akron for 2021.

It ranks 11th for incomes in the area and only 1.76% of residents lack insurance, good for 7th best.

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10
/10

Population: 3,776
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $119,457
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.4%
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: 6,269
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $190,682
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
More on Pepper Pike: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pepper Pike ranks as the 4th best suburb of Akron for 2021.

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.

Independence, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,169
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 5)
Median Income: $106,413
Unemployment Rate: 0.9%
Poverty Rate: 1.7%
More on Independence: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Independence.

Independence gets kudos for having the 14th most expensive homes in the Akron area, where houses sell for an average of $238,100. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Silver Lake, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,532
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $108,958
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
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 4.17% which is 37th 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.

Hudson, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 22,263
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Income: $134,963
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 2.1%
More on Hudson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Hudson 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 11.7 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Broadview Heights, OH

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 19,195
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Income: $89,224
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 1.6%
More on Broadview Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Broadview Heights 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 2.97% of people lack insurance, good for 23rd in the area.

Beachwood, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 11,663
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Median Income: $89,190
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.0%
More on Beachwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Beachwood?'

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.

Moreland Hills, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,306
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Income: $173,209
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Poverty Rate: 2.0%
More on Moreland Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Moreland Hills.

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 2021

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 2015-2019 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, Oakwood. 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 2021

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 Oakwood, OH 8,982 $112,917
2 Chagrin Falls, OH 4,032 $101,691
3 South Russell, OH 3,776 $119,457
4 Pepper Pike, OH 6,269 $190,682
5 Independence, OH 7,169 $106,413
6 Silver Lake, OH 2,532 $108,958
7 Hudson, OH 22,263 $134,963
8 Broadview Heights, OH 19,195 $89,224
9 Beachwood, OH 11,663 $89,190
10 Moreland Hills, OH 3,306 $173,209
11 Valley View, OH 2,024 $94,479
12 Solon, OH 22,947 $107,286
13 Reminderville, OH 4,237 $84,354
14 Stow, OH 34,776 $73,201
15 Macedonia, OH 11,873 $97,440
16 Fairlawn, OH 7,514 $67,598
17 Strongsville, OH 44,719 $88,176
18 Brecksville, OH 13,537 $108,606
19 Olmsted Falls, OH 8,883 $69,839
20 Shaker Heights, OH 27,387 $87,235
21 Orange, OH 3,276 $116,823
22 University Heights, OH 13,025 $77,256
23 Twinsburg, OH 18,707 $76,674
24 Seven Hills, OH 11,638 $82,255
25 Richfield, OH 3,650 $92,243
26 Brunswick, OH 34,781 $69,884
27 Middleburg Heights, OH 15,573 $63,619
28 Aurora, OH 16,026 $97,848
29 Wadsworth, OH 23,426 $71,478
30 Medina, OH 26,095 $66,155
31 Tallmadge, OH 17,589 $75,622
32 North Royalton, OH 30,252 $70,665
33 North Canton, OH 17,277 $62,128
34 Northfield, OH 3,665 $65,375
35 Canal Fulton, OH 5,409 $60,292
36 Green, OH 25,760 $75,566
37 New Franklin, OH 14,150 $72,866
38 Walton Hills, OH 2,246 $73,269
39 Mogadore, OH 3,536 $65,852
40 Berea, OH 18,788 $59,511
41 Seville, OH 2,673 $56,930
42 Hartville, OH 3,039 $45,978
43 Munroe Falls, OH 5,057 $66,333
44 Cuyahoga Falls, OH 49,192 $57,101
45 Streetsboro, OH 16,406 $65,742
46 Cleveland Heights, OH 44,571 $57,768
47 Parma Heights, OH 20,045 $52,068
48 Wooster, OH 26,673 $47,944
49 Parma, OH 79,091 $57,120
50 Garrettsville, OH 2,406 $53,068
51 Creston, OH 2,009 $61,528
52 Louisville, OH 9,340 $60,180
53 Norton, OH 12,018 $68,457
54 Bedford, OH 12,631 $46,020
55 Kent, OH 29,811 $32,993
56 Orrville, OH 8,339 $55,129
57 Brook Park, OH 18,617 $53,390
58 Grafton, OH 5,996 $61,042
59 Bedford Heights, OH 10,565 $46,485
60 Brooklyn, OH 10,773 $48,552
61 Lodi, OH 2,857 $39,453
62 Warrensville Heights, OH 13,203 $38,433
63 Massillon, OH 32,415 $45,809
64 Maple Heights, OH 22,383 $42,805
65 Garfield Heights, OH 27,814 $43,971
66 Ravenna, OH 11,485 $42,382
67 Lakemore, OH 3,074 $46,537
68 Rittman, OH 6,503 $48,698
69 Sebring, OH 4,231 $41,582
70 Barberton, OH 26,098 $42,813
71 Brewster, OH 2,161 $44,353
72 Alliance, OH 21,842 $35,718
73 Cleveland, OH 385,282 $30,907
74 Canton, OH 71,243 $32,287
75 Windham, OH 2,036 $39,345

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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.

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