MedPro International is placing foreign-educated healthcare professionals in exciting positions throughout the United States. This week we take a closer look at Akron, Ohio, a midsized city just 40 miles south of Cleveland and the birthplace of NBA superstar LeBron James.
“Rubber Capital of the World”
Akron is often overlooked in favor of larger cities like Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus, but its residents could give you a long list of reasons why Akron is a great place to call home. The city is one of five metropolitan areas in Ohio’s northeast corner and the fifth largest city in the state. Akron’s major employers are in the healthcare, utilities, distribution, and manufacturing industries. In fact, Akron has a long history of rubber and tire manufacturing. Four tire companies, B.F. Goodrich Company, The General Tire & Rubber Company, Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company were all founded in Akron making the city the “Rubber Capital of the World.”
Akron is a young and diverse city with a population of 195,994 residents and a median age of 36.7. A low cost of living, 30.5 percent less than the national average, low home prices, parks, a user-friendly public transportation system, and a vibrant downtown, make Akron an ideal place for singles and families to relocate.
There’s plenty to see and do in Akron and the surrounding area. Whether looking for outdoor adventure, a chance to take in the arts, or just hanging out with friends, Akron provides plenty of attractions and activities.
Cascade Valley Park Part of the Summit Metro Parks System, Cascade Valley provides stunning views of Ohio, 125 feet above the Cuyahoga River. The park contains three hiking trails, ranging from easy to difficult.
Akron Civic Theater Originally built in 1929, this cultural landmark seats 3,000 spectators and hosts concerts, dance theater, musicals, and more.
Akron Art Museum Located in a historic 1899 building, the museum has tripled in size with a collection spanning three centuries of modern and contemporary art. Visitors can see works by Mickalene Thomas, Herman Aguirre, and more.
Blu Jazz Blu Jazz features some of the best jazz showcases in the country and a jazz and memorabilia gallery in downtown Akron.
Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens The former residence of F. A. Seiberling, co-founder of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and one of the largest homes in the country, this National Historic Landmark spreads over 70 acres and features a mansion, garden, and greenhouse.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Located just 45 minutes away in downtown Cleveland, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is filled with artifacts and memorabilia, including Johnny Cash’s 1979 touring bus, several of Jimmy Hendrix’s guitars, and handwritten lyrics by the Beatles.
Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Resort Just three miles apart from each other, these sister ski resorts offer skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing during the winter months.
Cuyahoga Valley Picturesque Railroad (CVSR) The CVSR offers scenic train rides across Cuyahoga Valley, including the National Park Scenic tour, which provides a view of the length of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail This multi-use, 87-mile-long trail is great for biking, birding, hiking, running, and horseback riding. The trail follows the historic towpath used to bring up boats in the 1800s.
Kent State University Just a 20-minute drive from Akron, Kent State University is a destination for both students and visitors. The University Museum features a collection of historical dresses, textiles, and decorative arts, and plenty of events and lectures are open to the public.
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