These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Akron For 2018


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Akron that are the real pits.

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Worst Neighborhoods In Akron

Akron’s neighborhoods conjure up too many stereotypes to count. You’ve got hipster areas, preppy places, neighborhoods where college kids thrive, and of course, ghettos.

It seems as if there’s a neighborhood for everyone in Akron.

And while the city consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in the country thanks in part to a strong economy and tons of entertainment, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine in Akron. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.

So the question arises, which Akron neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?

Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Akron hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Akron area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Northwest Akron ranks way above the rest.

We examined 21 of Akron’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Akron’s reputation.

Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Akron according to data:

  1. Middlebury
  2. Summit Lake
  3. East Akron
  4. Elizabeth Park Valley
  5. Downtown
  6. University Of Ohio Akron
  7. Lane-Wooster
  8. Rolling Acres
  9. South Akron
  10. Chapel Hill

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

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

Looking for places to avoid outside of the city? You can also check out the worst suburbs of Akron.

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How we determined the worst Akron hoods

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 places have the least amount of those things. We threw the following criteria into this analysis in order to get the best, most complete results possible. We used this set of criteria for each neighborhood in Akron:

  • High unemployment (Less jobs)
  • Low median income (Less pay)
  • Low population density (No things to do)
  • Low home values (No one’s willing to pay to live here)
  • High crime (Estimated)

Then, we ranked each neighborhood in Akron for each of these criteria from worst to best.

Next, we averaged the individual rankings for each criteria into a ‘Worst Score’.

The neighborhood with the lowest ‘Worst Score’ ranks as the worst neighborhood of Akron.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Akron to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 21 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased. Hold on to your pants.

1. Middlebury

Population: 5,846
Median Income: $23,420
Median Home Value: $42,856

2. Summit Lake

Population: 3,754
Median Income: $18,094
Median Home Value: $55,200

3. East Akron

Population: 11,313
Median Income: $26,747
Median Home Value: $52,200

4. Elizabeth Park Valley

Population: 3,630
Median Income: $31,029
Median Home Value: $54,225

5. Downtown

Population: 4,813
Median Income: $12,640
Median Home Value: $55,800

6. University Of Ohio Akron

Population: 8,025
Median Income: $17,596
Median Home Value: $25,429

7. Lane-Wooster

Population: 6,215
Median Income: $19,878
Median Home Value: $58,525

8. Rolling Acres

Population: 2,817
Median Income: $38,350
Median Home Value: $68,750

9. South Akron

Population: 6,343
Median Income: $25,366
Median Home Value: $60,389

10. Chapel Hill

Population: 6,553
Median Income: $32,085
Median Home Value: $80,320

The ‘hoods around Akron that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Akron with Middlebury landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Akron aren’t all bad. Northwest Akron takes the cake as the best place to live in Akron.

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

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Detailed List Of The Worst Akron Neighborhoods

Rank Neighborhood Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Middlebury 5,846 $23,420 $42,856
2 Summit Lake 3,754 $18,094 $55,200
3 East Akron 11,313 $26,747 $52,200
4 Elizabeth Park Valley 3,630 $31,029 $54,225
5 Downtown 4,813 $12,640 $55,800
6 University Of Ohio Akron 8,025 $17,596 $25,429
7 Lane-Wooster 6,215 $19,878 $58,525
8 Rolling Acres 2,817 $38,350 $68,750
9 South Akron 6,343 $25,366 $60,389
10 Chapel Hill 6,553 $32,085 $80,320
11 Kenmore 15,747 $33,332 $63,760
12 West Akron 16,971 $35,209 $79,044
13 North Hill 14,561 $33,728 $67,253
14 Goodyear Heights 18,829 $41,474 $74,838
15 Wallhaven 4,362 $52,652 $124,040
16 Merriman Valley 8,017 $47,363 $121,286
17 Ellet 17,838 $43,654 $96,157
18 Highland Square 10,712 $35,615 $96,920
19 Firestone Park 14,923 $41,583 $80,932
20 Fairlawn Heights 2,663 $70,855 $230,167
21 Northwest Akron 11,234 $69,119 $164,410

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