The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Akron For 2022


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. So, if you're thinking of moving to Ohio and Akron is on the top of your list, check out our best neighborhoods to live in.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Akron for 2022.

So what's the best neighborhood to live in Akron for 2022? According to the most recent census data, Highland Square looks to be the best Akron neighborhood to live in.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Akron that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in Akron.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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Best Neighborhoods In Akron

The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Akron

Population: 10,828
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $98,953 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $43,705 (Fifth best)
More on Highland Square: Homes For Sale | Data

Highland Square Akron, OH

Population: 10,910
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $165,320 (Second best)
Median Income: $80,193 (best)
More on Northwest Akron: Homes For Sale | Data

Northwest Akron Akron, OH

Population: 2,875
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $201,933 (best)
Median Income: $79,537 (Second best)
More on Fairlawn Heights: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 4,239
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $127,160 (Third best)
Median Income: $59,651 (Third best)
More on Wallhaven: Homes For Sale | Data

Wallhaven Akron, OH

Population: 7,748
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $116,643 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $52,394 (Fourth best)
More on Merriman Valley: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 14,566
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $78,442 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $39,122 (Eighth best)
More on Firestone Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Firestone Park Akron, OH

Population: 17,085
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $94,107 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $43,129 (Sixth best)
More on Ellet: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 19,778
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $71,329 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $39,030 (Ninth best)
More on Goodyear Heights: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 15,861
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $53,360 (16th best)
Median Income: $41,920 (Seventh best)
More on North Hill: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 15,512
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $76,367 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $36,438 (Tenth best)
More on West Akron: Homes For Sale | Data

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Akron, OH Neighborhoods In 2022

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 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, Highland Square.

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

Summary: Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Akron

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

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Akron aren't all good. Downtown takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Akron.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Best Neighborhoods To Live In Akron For 2022 Detailed Data

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Highland Square 10,828 $98,953 $43,705
2 Northwest Akron 10,910 $165,320 $80,193
3 Fairlawn Heights 2,875 $201,933 $79,537
4 Wallhaven 4,239 $127,160 $59,651
5 Merriman Valley 7,748 $116,643 $52,394
6 Firestone Park 14,566 $78,442 $39,122
7 Ellet 17,085 $94,107 $43,129
8 Goodyear Heights 19,778 $71,329 $39,030
9 North Hill 15,861 $53,360 $41,920
10 West Akron 15,512 $76,367 $36,438
11 Kenmore 15,733 $60,435 $32,693
12 Chapel Hill 6,690 $69,880 $33,246
13 South Akron 6,037 $55,633 $28,818
14 Rolling Acres 2,506 $73,150 $31,150
15 Elizabeth Park Valley 3,953 $50,025 $32,567
16 Lane-Wooster 6,766 $58,525 $21,063
17 University Of Ohio Akron 7,617 $34,986 $18,009
18 East Akron 11,635 $54,612 $26,239
19 Summit Lake 3,598 $43,483 $21,995
20 Middlebury 5,835 $43,900 $23,695
21 Downtown 5,012 $49,200 $14,041

Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Akron.

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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