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Akron /?ækr?n/ is the fifth largest city in the U.S. state of Ohio and is the county seat of Summit County. It is located in the Great Lakes region approximately 39 miles (63 km) south of Lake Erie along the Little Cuyahoga River. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 199,110. The Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area covers Summit and Portage counties, and in 2010 had a population of 703,200. Akron is also part of the larger Cleveland-Akron-Elyria Combined Statistical Area, which in 2010 had a population of 2,780,440.

Akron was co-founded in 1825 when suggested by Paul Williams to Simon Perkins. In 1833, "South" was temporarily added to the name when Eliakim Crosby settled a bordering North Akron. After Summit County formed from portions of Portage, Medina, and Stark counties in 1840, Akron succeeded Cuyahoga Falls as county seat a year later. The Akron School Law of 1847 created the K-12 system. In 1851, Sojourner Truth attended a convention and extemporaneously delivered the original "Ain't I a Woman?" speech. During the Civil War, Ferdinand Schumacher supplied the Union Army with oats produced by his mill along the Ohio Canal. Between the 1870s and World War I, numerous churches across the nation were built using the Akron Plan.

With a population increase of 201.8% during the 1910s, it became the nation's fastest growing city due to industries such as the stoneware, sanitary sewer, fishing tackle, farming equipment, match, toy, and rubber. The companies General Tire, Goodrich, Firestone, and Goodyear built headquarters, but only the latter remains. Airships, blimps, dirigibles, and zeppelins have been manufactured at the Goodyear Airdock since World War II. The Goodyear Polymer and National Polymer Innovation Centers are on the University of Akron campus which anchors the Polymer Valley and is home to the Archives of the History of American Psychology. Akron also headquartered the National Marble Tournament, Professional Bowlers Association, and Women's Professional Mud Wrestling. Home to employers such as Summa, GOJO Industries, FirstMerit Bank, and FirstEnergy, it is listed by Newsweek as one of ten Information Age high tech havens. Awarded by the National Civic League and National Arbor Day Foundation, it was named one of the world's most livable cities. The All-American Soapbox Derby, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, National Hamburger Festival, Founders Day (Alcoholics Anonymous), and Road Runner Akron Marathon are annually hosted by the city which is a venue for some events of the 2014 Gay Games. Tourist attractions include Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and Lock 3 Park where the American Marble & Toy Manufacturing Company once stood.

Residents of Akron are referred to as "Akronites". Nicknames include "Rubber City", "City of Invention", and the more historical "Rubber Capital of the World".

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Schools in and around Akron, OH

Name
University of Akron Main Campus
Four or more years; Public; $15,927 average out-state tuition; $8,004 average in-state tuition
Brown Mackie College-Akron
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Private for profit; $10,568 average out-state tuition; $10,568 average in-state tuition
Ohio College of Massotherapy Inc
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Private not for profit; $10,763 average out-state tuition; $10,763 average in-state tuition
Akron Institute of Herzing University
Four or more years; Private for profit; $10,560 average out-state tuition; $10,560 average in-state tuition
Akron School of Practical Nursing
Less than 2 years (below associate); Public
Regency Beauty Institute-Akron
Less than 2 years (below associate); Private for profit
ITT Technical Institute–Akron
Four or more years; Private for profit; $17,748 average out-state tuition; $17,748 average in-state tuition

Akron, OH Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
OAIMA Scholarship $4,000 October 10, 2016
Tagged For Greatness Scholarship $1,000 October 31, 2016
UAS7 International Study and Internship Program in Germany Varies October 01, 2016