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Akron SkylineAkron is the fifth largest city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the county seat of Summit County. The municipality is situated on the Ohio and Erie Canal and Little Cuyahoga River, approximately 39 miles south of Cleveland midway between New York City and Chicago. As of 2000, the city proper had a total population of 217,074, being the fifth largest city in Ohio and 81st in the United States. The Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area, covers both, Summit and Portage counties. In 2000, the area had a population of 694,960 and in 2009, estimates placed the population at 699,935. Akron is also part of the larger Cleveland-Akron-Elyria Combined Statistical Area, which in 2000 had a population of 2,945,831, and ranked as the country's 14th largest. Like many former urban manufacturing centers of the U.S. Rust Belt, Akron's population has declined, falling from a peak of 290,351 in 1960, to just over two-thirds of that today.

Due to spawning many industries in the 1800s, Akron became a boom town, as the fastest growing city in America. Some well-known industries that began in Akron include, American trucking, cereal, toy and marble, rubber, and tire. Despite its size, the city is known to be first in many experiences aside from industry such as, the first long distance electric railway, police patrol vehicle, human testing of iodised salt known as the Akron Experiment, and team to win the NFL Championship. Popularized in the 19th century, the Akron Plan is used in many churches.

Primary industries supporting Akron's economy in current day include, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, FirstEnergy, FirstMerit Bank, Gojo Industries, and Roadway Express. Rubber and airship development made the city essential during World War II. In the late 20th century, Akron started gradually becoming the center of polymer research, having the Goodyear Polymer Center located on The University of Akron campus with the soon to be finished, National Polymer Innovation Center. In the 21st century, the city's economy began to revitalize through continued efforts in industry and media notoriety from NBA All-star LeBron James. Akron was also list by Newsweek as one of ten High-Tech Havens, prominent in the Information Age. In 2008, the city was awarded the City Livability Award for remodeling all of its public schools to serve as community centers all year round. Inducted into the National Civic League Hall of Fame in 2008, the city won the award twice before, in 1981 and in 1995 for creating the first Joint Economic Development District. In 2009, the National Arbor Day Foundation designated Akron as a Tree City USA for the 14th time. Akron also annually host the All-American Soap Box Derby, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Founders Day(Alcoholics Anonymous), and the National Hamburger Festival.

Residents of Akron are referred to as "Akronites". Nicknames used for the city include "Rubber Capital of the World," "Rubber City," "City of Invention," and "Tire City". Historical nicknames for the city include "Summit City" and "The Cross Roads of the Deaf".

Akron Economy
National media began referring to Akron as "The Rubber Capital of the World" in the 1930s, in reference to the city's rubber and tire industries. The city has played an important part in the United States' economy through spawning many industries, major corporations, and inventions.[citation needed] In 1999, the United States Conference of Mayors awarded Akron with the City Livability Award, for creating the first Joint Economic Development District. The city was again awarded with it in 2008, for the idea of rebuilding Akron's schools to act as community centers. Akron won the All-American City award three times, making it into the National Civic League Hall of Fame. In 2001, due to its research and development of polymers, Newsweek named Akron one of ten “High-Tech Havens" on a list of communities that had become important in the Information Age. Akron is home to two Fortune 500 companies: the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and FirstEnergy. In addition, Akron is home to a number of smaller companies such as GOJO (makers of Purell), Advanced Elastomer Systems, FirstMerit Bank, Roadway Express (a subsidiary of Yellow Roadway), Myers Industries, an international manufacturer of polymer products, Acme Fresh Market, Sterling Jewelers, and Lockheed Martin, Maritime Systems & Sensors division. The Eastern Ohio Division of KeyBank, which has six branches in the city, broke ground in May 2009, for a regional headquarters in Downtown Akron. Relocation is scheduled for completion by the fall of 2010.

Akron Education
Higher Education Akron is home to the University of Akron, which the Princeton Review listed among the Best in the Midwest, in 2008. The University is home to the Goodyear Polymer Center, and soon to be the location of the National Polymer Innovation Center. The E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall was built on the campus, opening in 1973. The University underwent a $300 million dollar construction project, which added nine new buildings and renovated fourteen, and closed parts of Carroll and Union Streets. The University also offers a combined B.S./M.D. program with the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. The Summa Field at InfoCision Stadium, is built on-campus as a replacement for the university's previous stadium, the Rubber Bowl. The University of Akron School of Law founded in 1921 as the Akron School of Law, is the law school at the University of Akron, offering both the J.D. and LL.M. degrees.

Pre-College Elementary and secondary education is mainly provided by the Akron Public Schools, which are currently going through a 15-year, $800 million rebuilding process, remodeling some schools and entirely replacing others. The school board could not get a levy passed to pay for its portion of the construction expense so it worked out an arrangement with the city of Akron where the city will use the money from a new income tax to pay for Community Learning Centers, which will serve as schools but be owned by the city. Meanwhile the academic situation has improved as the city’s schools have been moved from “Academic Watch” to “Continuous Improvement” by the Ohio Department of Education.

Private schools Akron also has many private, parochial and charter schools. Akron Public Schools made headlines in 2004 when a freshman student of Akron Digital Academy, the district’s own online charter school, was not allowed to participate in extracurricular activities, an event later covered and satirized by The Daily Show. St. Vincent - St. Mary High School, just west of Akron’s downtown, also made headlines when basketball star LeBron James was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers first overall after his graduation in 2003.

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