Nicknamed "The Rubber City," Akron is best known for its history of being the rubber capital of the world and the home of the Goodyear blimp. The city proper houses just under 200,000 people, but many people choose to live in the suburbs and commute. Akron has 13 suburbs counting the Bath, Copley, Coventry, and Springfield townships, but these six stand out against the rest. 

1.Best Suburb for Buying Your First Home: Mogadore 

Key Stats:

  • Average home price: $144,900
  • Total crimes per 100k: 1,395

The village of Mogadore is located just west of Akron, between I-77 and Route 224. The daily commute takes 15 to 25 minutes via I-76, depending on traffic. If you're looking for a safe suburb with convenient access to downtown Akron and affordable housing, Mogadore is a good bet. The average home price in Mogadore sits very close to the Ohio average and runs nearly 20 percent less than the national average. Most of the village's homes are around 1,700 square feet — perfect for a first home — and approximately 54 percent of residents are married couples with or without children. If you're moving to Mogadore, you'll also love the low cost of living and small-town feel.

2.Suburb with the Easiest Commute to City Center: Cuyahoga Falls 

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Key Stats:

  • Average commute time: 22 minutes
  • Distance to Akron: 5 miles

Situated just north of Akron, Cuyahoga Falls offers an easy commute to downtown Akron via OH-8 and I-77, which run together between the two cities. Residents of Cuyahoga Falls enjoy a 13 percent shorter commute than the national average. If you'd rather sit back and read the morning paper during your commute, the Akron METRO system also has several routes connecting Akron and Cuyahoga Falls, and approximately 5 percent of the suburb's residents carpool. The second-largest city in Summit County, Cuyahoga Falls also has plenty to offer on your days off. The city is known for its quaint downtown area and many hiking opportunities in the Gorge Metro Park and Cuyahoga Valley National Park. 

3.Best Public School System: Stow 

Key Stats:

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 18 to 1
  • Graduation rate: 95%

The city of Stow — located approximately 8 miles to the northeast of Akron — is served by the Stow-Munroe City Falls School District, ranked 60th in the state of Ohio. Students in this school district consistently achieve higher-than-average scores on reading and mathematics proficiency tests, and almost 43 percent of high school students take advantage of Advanced Placement (AP) classes. Eighty-one percent of students take the ACT test in high school, and nearly 8 percent are enrolled in Ohio's dual-enrollment credit program, which allows students to take college classes for both high school and college credit. Stow also offers four private school and two post-secondary institutions within the city limits, and The University of Akron is a mere 15 minutes away.

4.Best Suburb When Your Family Is Ready to Scale Up: Green 

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Key Stats:

  • Average home price: $469,000
  • Average home size: 2,200 square feet

If you're looking for housing large enough for a growing family in a safe, family-friendly area, the city of Green has a lot to offer a mere 12 miles outside of Akron. Most of the city's housing is new or newer construction, with most homes being built from the 1980s on. The outskirts of the suburbs still have plenty of greenspaces, however, where you can find buildable lots for a custom home or a hidden gem in a century farmhouse. Three-bedroom, two-bath homes are the norm, with many four- and five-bedroom houses available in the pricier allotments. Most of the city's businesses are centrally located along Wales Ave/OH-241, and residents enjoy spending time at the Green branch of the Akron Public Library and the city's ten parks. 

5.Best Suburb for City People: Fairlawn 

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Key Stats:

  • Average commute: 20 minutes
  • Number of amenities: 101

Fairlawn is known for its high-end shopping and easy access to Akron's business district. The Fairlawn Plaza Shopping Center, Summit Mall, West Market Plaza Shopping Center, and Rosemont Commons are all located within approximately 5 miles of each other. West Market Street is considered restaurant row, where you can find everything from Chinese takeout and fast-food options to fine-dining establishments and traditional American fare. Even though Akron is less than 10 miles to the southeast, the commute usually takes 20 minutes with traffic. I-77 is the most commonly used route, but if you're looking for a bit of scenery and not as much congestion, OH-18 goes straight into Akron's downtown. Carpooling and public transit are also available.

6.Best Suburb For Country Folks: Norton 

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Key Stats:

  • Population estimate: 12,000
  • Distance from Akron: 10 miles

If you're looking for wide-open spaces or homes that come with acreage, Norton lets you experience rural living without sacrificing a short commute. The city of Norton is located southwest of Akron, right outside of the city of Barberton, and home prices in the area are largely dependent on what you're looking for. Within the city, you can find three-bedroom, two-bath properties around $100,000, but if you want enough room for your own garden and maybe some backyard chickens, expect to pay closer to $140,000. The downtown area offers residents plenty of amenities, mostly situated along Norton Avenue and South Cleveland Massillon Road, including restaurants, a bowling alley, and a convenient public transit system. Outdoor adventurers can also get their fill of hiking and fishing at Lake Anna Park and Massillon Road, including restaurants, a bowling alley, and a convenient public transit system. Outdoor adventurers can also get their fill of hiking and fishing at Lake Anna Park and Portage Lakes State Park, just 15 minutes away.