The 10 Worst Akron Suburbs For 2021


We used science and data to determine which Akron suburbs are the real pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the worst suburbs around Akron.

Not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Akron.

So the question arises, do the suburbs maintain a semblance of the larger-than-life appeal of their more famous neighbor?

Today, we'll use science and data to determine which Akron 'burbs need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the Akron area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the suburbs to live up to Akron proper, although Oakwood certainly tries.

Of course, not all suburbs of Akron are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones..

We examined the 75 biggest suburbs of Akron to find out the worst places to live. And while you won't necessarily find them on the worst places to live in ohio lists, these ten places are a little too far downwind of Akron in terms of quality of life.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Akron for 2021:

  1. Windham
  2. Canton
  3. Cleveland
  4. Alliance
  5. Brewster
  6. Barberton
  7. Sebring
  8. Rittman
  9. Lakemore
  10. Garfield Heights

What's the worst suburb of Akron? Windham ranks as the worst suburb of Akron for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Akron that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don't blame the messenger.

Or, if you're thinking of moving to elsewhere in ohio check out the best places in ohio overall or the worst.

And remember, there are some good places to live around Akron too.

Editor's Note: If you see a slight difference between the worst in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it's because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

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The 10 Worst Akron Suburbs To Live For 2021

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,036
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $39,345 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 12.6% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $90,800 (10th lowest)
More on Windham:  Data

We'll get the ball rolling with Windham, the absolute worst place to live around Akron according to the data.

And in the world of worst rankings, Windham beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 6th worst in the Akron area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 10th worst when it comes to home values.

But hey, at least it's cheap to live there. But there's a reason for that... it's Windham.

You won't feel bad about not having a great income for the area, there aren't a bunch of places to spend your money anyway.

Canton, OH

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 71,243
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $32,287 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 11.1% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $71,100 (3rd lowest)
More on Canton:  Data | Photos

Welcome to Canton. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 20.4 miles to Akron. Income levels here are the 2nd lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $32,287 a year, which doesn't go a long ways even on a shoestring budget.

But on the bright side, there are a lot of fast food joints in the area.

Cleveland, OH

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 385,282
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $30,907 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 13.2% (highest)
Median Home Value: $69,600 (2nd lowest)
More on Cleveland:  Data | Photos

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Akron suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Cleveland on here. While the cost of living is low, your entertainment and work options are limited. And that's an understatement.

In terms of numbers, it's in the worst 15% for insurance, and the adult high school drop out rate is poor compared to other Akron suburbs.

But at least there are nice parks to bring the kids during the day.

Alliance, OH

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 21,842
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Income: $35,718 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.1% (14th highest)
Median Home Value: $81,400 (6th lowest)
More on Alliance:  Data | Photos

If you live in Alliance, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 4th lowest Akron suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 14th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Akron. Remember, we looked at 75 cities for this study.

Alliance is about 24.0 miles to downtown.

Brewster, OH

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,161
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Income: $44,353 (13th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.6% (13th highest)
Median Home Value: $100,600 (13th lowest)
More on Brewster:  Data | Photos

Brewster has the distinction of being a Akron suburb. Which means that's about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Brewster has the 13th lowest home values in the metro Akron area, where the median price is $100,600. To put that into perspective, in Oakwood, the median income is $190,682, which is the best in the area.

Brewster has an unemployment rate of 7.57% which ranks 13th worst.

Barberton, OH

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 26,098
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Median Income: $42,813 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.6% (12th highest)
Median Home Value: $86,800 (8th lowest)
More on Barberton:  Data | Photos

Barberton has 26,098 residents that probably know it's a pretty crummy place to live when you look at the data. (Or, if you've ever been there, you don't need to look at the data.)

Incomes are towards the bottom and the poverty rate sits at 17.28826728826729%.

Sebring, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 4,231
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Income: $41,582 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.2% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $82,400 (7th lowest)
More on Sebring:  Data | Photos

Ah, Sebring. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Akron.

It's the place with the 10th most out of work residents in the Akron metro area (8.24%).

Rittman, OH

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,503
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Median Income: $48,698 (2lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (30th highest)
Median Home Value: $116,000 (18th lowest)
More on Rittman:  Data | Photos

Rittman is a city about 15.6 miles from Akron, but Akron probably wishes it was further away. It ranks as the 8th worst burb for 2018.

You'd be hard pressed to find a worse place to live. Rittman has the 7th most uninsured people, 2worst incomes, and has the 30th highest unemployment rate (5.27%) in the entire Akron metro area.

Homes only cost $116,000 for a reason. That's cheap for Akron standards.

Lakemore, OH

Source: Wikipedia
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,074
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Median Income: $46,537 (18th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.5% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $89,200 (9th lowest)
More on Lakemore:  Data | Photos

If you absolutely have to live near Akron, then Lakemore might be a place for you to consider as it's only the 9th worst Akron suburb.

About 10.46% of residents are out of work.

Garfield Heights, OH

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 27,814
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $43,971 (12th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.0% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $72,700 (4th lowest)
More on Garfield Heights:  Data | Photos

Rounding out the ten worst Akron suburbs to call home is Garfield Heights.

Located 23.8 miles outside the city, Garfield Heightss is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 8th highest unemployment rate (9.05%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Akron for 2021

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent American Community Survey data from 2015-2019, this is the criteria we used:

  • High unemployment rate
  • Low median household incomes
  • Low population density (no things to do)
  • Low home values
  • A lot of high school drop outs
  • High poverty
  • High rate of uninsured families

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 "worst".

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the worst quality of life index the "Worst Suburb near Akron." We're lookin' at you, Windham. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the worst of the worst. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from worst to best.

The areas around Akron where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2021

Well there you have it -- the worst of the 'burbs surrounding Akron with Windham casting itself ahead of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Akron aren't all bad. Oakwood takes the cake as the best place to live around Akron.

  • Oakwood
  • Chagrin Falls
  • South Russell

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Detailed List Of The Worst Akron Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Windham 2,036 $39,345 $90,800
2 Canton 71,243 $32,287 $71,100
3 Cleveland 385,282 $30,907 $69,600
4 Alliance 21,842 $35,718 $81,400
5 Brewster 2,161 $44,353 $100,600
6 Barberton 26,098 $42,813 $86,800
7 Sebring 4,231 $41,582 $82,400
8 Rittman 6,503 $48,698 $116,000
9 Lakemore 3,074 $46,537 $89,200
10 Garfield Heights 27,814 $43,971 $72,700
11 Ravenna 11,485 $42,382 $98,600
12 Maple Heights 22,383 $42,805 $68,200
13 Massillon 32,415 $45,809 $102,100
14 Warrensville Heights 13,203 $38,433 $81,000
15 Lodi 2,857 $39,453 $129,000
16 Brooklyn 10,773 $48,552 $110,600
17 Bedford Heights 10,565 $46,485 $102,600
18 Grafton 5,996 $61,042 $145,300
19 Brook Park 18,617 $53,390 $118,400
20 Orrville 8,339 $55,129 $120,500
21 Kent 29,811 $32,993 $146,700
22 Bedford 12,631 $46,020 $91,400
23 Norton 12,018 $68,457 $140,500
24 Louisville 9,340 $60,180 $151,100
25 Garrettsville 2,406 $53,068 $169,300
26 Creston 2,009 $61,528 $118,800
27 Parma 79,091 $57,120 $115,500
28 Wooster 26,673 $47,944 $143,100
29 Parma Heights 20,045 $52,068 $116,500
30 Cleveland Heights 44,571 $57,768 $128,700
31 Streetsboro 16,406 $65,742 $148,800
32 Cuyahoga Falls 49,192 $57,101 $127,600
33 Munroe Falls 5,057 $66,333 $160,800
34 Hartville 3,039 $45,978 $157,100
35 Seville 2,673 $56,930 $140,900
36 Berea 18,788 $59,511 $138,200
37 Mogadore 3,536 $65,852 $126,300
38 Walton Hills 2,246 $73,269 $217,500
39 New Franklin 14,150 $72,866 $149,200
40 Green 25,760 $75,566 $201,200
41 Canal Fulton 5,409 $60,292 $154,300
42 Northfield 3,665 $65,375 $143,700
43 North Canton 17,277 $62,128 $155,300
44 North Royalton 30,252 $70,665 $208,600
45 Tallmadge 17,589 $75,622 $172,900
46 Medina 26,095 $66,155 $175,200
47 Wadsworth 23,426 $71,478 $171,200
48 Aurora 16,026 $97,848 $272,300
49 Middleburg Heights 15,573 $63,619 $162,000
50 Brunswick 34,781 $69,884 $169,200
51 Richfield 3,650 $92,243 $240,300
52 Seven Hills 11,638 $82,255 $174,400
53 Twinsburg 18,707 $76,674 $218,200
54 University Heights 13,025 $77,256 $164,300
55 Orange 3,276 $116,823 $334,200
56 Shaker Heights 27,387 $87,235 $229,500
57 Olmsted Falls 8,883 $69,839 $158,600
58 Brecksville 13,537 $108,606 $283,000
59 Strongsville 44,719 $88,176 $206,300
60 Fairlawn 7,514 $67,598 $171,700
61 Macedonia 11,873 $97,440 $223,400
62 Stow 34,776 $73,201 $181,400
63 Reminderville 4,237 $84,354 $201,800
64 Solon 22,947 $107,286 $286,200
65 Valley View 2,024 $94,479 $256,000
66 Moreland Hills 3,306 $173,209 $435,000
67 Beachwood 11,663 $89,190 $302,500
68 Broadview Heights 19,195 $89,224 $228,500
69 Hudson 22,263 $134,963 $345,500
70 Silver Lake 2,532 $108,958 $227,600
71 Independence 7,169 $106,413 $238,100
72 Pepper Pike 6,269 $190,682 $440,600
73 South Russell 3,776 $119,457 $335,100
74 Chagrin Falls 4,032 $101,691 $346,300
75 Oakwood 8,982 $112,917 $248,000

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