The 10 Most Dangerous And Worst Neighborhoods In Akron For 2023

The most dangerous and worst Akron neighborhoods are Middlebury and Summit Lake for 2023 based on Saturday Night Science.

Worst Neighborhoods In Akron
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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 Ohio thanks in part to tons of entertainment and jobs, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine in Akron. Some neighborhoods aren’t as safe as others.

So the question arises, which Akron neighborhoods are the most dangerous and which are the safest?

Today, we’ll use Saturday Night Science 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 most dangerous places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Akron’s reputation.

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Akron for 2023? According to the most recent census data, Middlebury looks to be the worst neighborhood in Akron.

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

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Table Of Contents: Top 10 | Methodology | Summary | Table

The 10 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Akron For 2023

Population: 4,993
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,304
Property Crime Per 100k: 5,059
Median Home Value: $49,643 (4th worst)
Median Income: $26,477 (2nd worst)

More on Middlebury:  Data

Population: 3,042
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,203
Property Crime Per 100k: 4,667
Median Home Value: $47,950 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $28,858 (4th worst)

More on Summit Lake:  Data

Population: 5,479
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,207
Property Crime Per 100k: 4,684
Median Home Value: $53,417 (5th worst)
Median Income: $28,938 (5th worst)

More on Lane-Wooster:  Data

Population: 11,283
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,175
Property Crime Per 100k: 4,557
Median Home Value: $57,546 (6th worst)
Median Income: $32,926 (6th worst)

More on East Akron:  Data

Population: 6,913
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,421
Property Crime Per 100k: 5,512
Median Home Value: $41,960 (worst)
Median Income: $26,718 (3rd worst)

More on University Of Ohio Akron:  Data

Population: 5,727
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,239
Property Crime Per 100k: 4,805
Median Home Value: $86,350 (15th worst)
Median Income: $15,724 (worst)

More on Downtown:  Data

Population: 2,592
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,019
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,952
Median Home Value: $70,850 (10th worst)
Median Income: $35,933 (10th worst)

More on Rolling Acres:  Data

Population: 5,586
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,180
Property Crime Per 100k: 4,579
Median Home Value: $48,550 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $37,464 (11th worst)

More on South Akron:  Data

Population: 4,646
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,134
Property Crime Per 100k: 4,400
Median Home Value: $69,143 (8th worst)
Median Income: $33,412 (7th worst)

More on Elizabeth Park Valley:  Data

Population: 15,909
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,098
Property Crime Per 100k: 4,258
Median Home Value: $66,290 (7th worst)
Median Income: $40,829 (13th worst)

More on Kenmore:  Data

Methodology: How we determined the most dangerous Akron neighborhoods in 2023

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 plugged the following criteria into Saturday Night Science to get the worst neighborhoods in Akron:

  • High crime (Estimated)
  • 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)

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

Next, we averaged the individual rankings for each criterion into a “Worst Score.”

The neighborhood with the lowest “Worst Score” ranks as the most dangerous neighborhood of Akron.

The article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. We updated this article for 2023. This report is our time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Akron.

Skip to the end to see the list of all 21 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.

Summary: The Worst Neighborhoods Around Akron

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

As 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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Most Dangerous Neighborhoods To Live In Akron For 2023?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Middlebury 4,993 $49,643 $26,477
2 Summit Lake 3,042 $47,950 $28,858
3 Lane-Wooster 5,479 $53,417 $28,938
4 East Akron 11,283 $57,546 $32,926
5 University Of Ohio Akron 6,913 $41,960 $26,718
6 Downtown 5,727 $86,350 $15,724
7 Rolling Acres 2,592 $70,850 $35,933
8 South Akron 5,586 $48,550 $37,464
9 Elizabeth Park Valley 4,646 $69,143 $33,412
10 Kenmore 15,909 $66,290 $40,829
11 West Akron 15,361 $83,686 $33,584
12 North Hill 15,911 $75,423 $38,185
13 Chapel Hill 7,198 $76,183 $33,985
14 Firestone Park 14,889 $69,454 $51,585
15 Ellet 16,052 $100,408 $51,493
16 Goodyear Heights 18,716 $76,356 $45,547
17 Merriman Valley 6,968 $128,450 $54,169
18 Wallhaven 4,745 $162,380 $59,502
19 Fairlawn Heights 2,641 $165,400 $82,048
20 Highland Square 10,343 $110,085 $46,670
21 Northwest Akron 12,084 $158,750 $91,588
About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.