LIVING HERE: Summit County Communities
• Population: 26,266
• Median Household Income: $39,456
• Median Home Value: $85,800
Situated southwest of Akron, around a beautiful natural lake left behind by the last glacial retreat, Barberton is a mix of older homes on quiet streets and a burgeoning downtown arts district. Barberton was founded at a time when Ohio was bustling with growth from the Industrial Revolution. Today’s Barberton, still nicknamed the Magic City, is undergoing rebirth and rejuvenation, with new jobs in the education, health care and technology sectors and a large investment in schools, infrastructure and recreational facilities. For more information, contact City of Barberton at 330.753.6611; cityofbarberton.com.
Szalay's Farm & Market, in Bath Township, is a favorite spot to buy sweet corn in the summer and pumpkins in the fall.
Photo: Carrie Russel
• Population: 4,776
• Median Household Income: $101,884
• Median Home Value: $301,000
This affluent rural community just north of Akron proudly retains its rich history, on display along the Heritage Corridors of Bath, an Ohio Scenic Byway. The byway connects three charming hamlets—Hammonds Corners, Bath Center and Ghent—featuring numerous sites on the National Register of Historic Places. Most homes are built on lots of an acre or more. Part of Cuyahoga Valley National Park lies within Bath Township, including the Old Trail School, an independent day school for grades preK-8, centered around environmental education and the philosophies of John Dewey and Maria Montessori. Also located in Bath is Hale Farm and Village, a renowned living-history museum operated by the Western Reserve Historical Society. For more information, contact Bath Township at 330.666.4007; bathtownship.org.
• Population: 1,208
• Median Household Income: $103,603
• Median Home Value: $347,800
With over one third of the village located within Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Boston Heights is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. The Summit Metro Parks Bike & Hike Trail runs the length of the village, and Boston Mills & Brandywine Ski Resorts are just three miles down the road. Boston Heights also offers easy access to the Ohio Turnpike and State Route 8 and has a strong commercial base. It’s the corporate headquarters for national home furnishings brand Arhaus and boasts a brand-new retail center anchored by Costco and Bass Pro. For more information, contact Village of Boston Heights at 330.650.4111; villageofbostonheights.com.
• Population: 17,985
• Median Household Income: $61,000
• Median Home Value: $194,000
Situated near the Summit-Medina County border west of Akron, Copley is a mix of quiet residential neighborhoods, old-time farms and boutique businesses. Most of Copley Township falls within the highly rated Copley-Fairlawn City School District, which is rated #2 in Summit County by Niche.com and received a 2019 Beacon’s Best Award from readers of the Akron Beacon Journal. For more information, contact Copley Township at 330.666.1853; copley.oh.us.
• Population: 10,929
• Median Household Income: $57,292
• Median Home Value: $124,700
Surrounded by the numerous lakes of Portage Lakes State Park, Coventry Township is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The excellent school system and the natural beauty of the area make it an ideal residential community year-round, as well as a popular place for a summer home. For more information, contact Coventry Township at 330.644.0785; coventrytownship.com.
Little Falls can be viewed from the walkway behind the Sheraton Suites on Front Street in Cuyahoga Falls.
• Population: 49,353
• Median Household Income: $51,586
• Median Home Value: $120,000
The second-largest city in Summit County, located on the southern elbow of the Cuyahoga River where it bends north toward Cleveland, Cuyahoga Falls offers not only spectacular natural beauty but some of the best municipal services in the region, outstanding public schools and an award-winning downtown riverfront district. Part of Cuyahoga Valley National Park is within Cuyahoga Falls. The city is proud of its “Tree City USA” status and culture of environmental awareness, as well as its 25 neighborhood parks and Blossom Music Center, summer home to the world-renowned Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. New homeowners even receive a welcome packet containing over $2,800 worth of free and discounted goods from local businesses. For more information, contact City of Cuyahoga Falls at 330.971.8000; cityofcf.com.
• Population: 7,477
• Median Household Income: $65,521
• Median Home Value: $174,700
With homes ranging from two-bedroom bungalows to spacious, traditional Colonials across a wide price range, this community northeast of Akron offers quick access to Interstates 76 and 77. The school district, which Fairlawn shares with Copley Township, is rated #2 in Summit County by Niche.com and received a 2019 Beacon’s Best Award from readers of the Akron Beacon Journal. For more information, contact City of Fairlawn at 330.668.9500; fairlawn.us.
• Population: 25,713
• Median Household Income: $66,656
• Median Home Value: $173,600
Affluent and rural in feel, Green is situated halfway between Akron and Canton, offering a diverse housing market and the convenience of being home to Akron-Canton Airport. Green also features five golf courses, two full-service hospitals and numerous public parks, including Ariss Dog Park, the southern portion of Portage Lakes State Park and world-class soccer and lacrosse fields at Springhill Sports Complex. For more information, contact City of Green at 333.896.5500; cityofgreen.org.
The historic buildings lining downtown Hudson’s North Main Street reflect a distinct East Coast influence.
Photo: City of Hudson
• Population: 22,282
• Median Household Income: $126,618
• Median Home Value: $313,000
Historic buildings line downtown Hudson’s North Main Street, reflecting a distinctly East Coast influence, while the city’s economic sector thrives due to a strong tech- and business-friendly environment. Large companies headquartered in Hudson include Little Tikes and JOANN Fabric & Crafts. Families are drawn to the city’s top-notch schools: Hudson City Schools are ranked #1 in Summit County by Niche.com, and students from all over the country attend
Western Reserve Academy, an independent boarding and day school for grades 9-12. Ranked #4 on the Chamber of Commerce.org 2019 Best Cities to Live in Ohio, Hudson is conveniently located near Interstate 80, State Route 8 and Cuyahoga Valley National Park. For more information, contact City of Hudson at 330.650.1799; hudson.oh.us.
The Macedonia Family Recreation Center offers a lap pool and an activity pool for its members. / Photo: City of Macedonia
• Population: 11,595
• Median Household Income: $86,061
• Median Home Value: $189,700
Macedonia prides itself on being “The Crossroads of Northeast Ohio,” with easy access to I-480, I-271, I-80 and State Route 8, midway between Akron and Cleveland. According to Backgroundchecks.org, Macedonia is one of the top ten safest communities in Ohio. It also has one of the largest city-owned park systems in Ohio, at over 325 acres, as well as a 55,000-square-foot Family Recreation Center. Macedonia is part of the Nordonia Hills City School District. For more information, contact City of Macedonia at 330.468.8300; macedonia.oh.us.
• Population: 3,662
• Median Household Income: $62,477
• Median Home Value: $113,400
Small, historic and family-oriented, Mogadore lies to the east of Akron. The Little Cuyahoga River flows through this former mill town, which features modest, older homes, quiet streets and some light industry on main thoroughfares. Mogadore is proud of its unique heritage; the town once served as a station on the Underground Railroad and was also a major center of fine pottery production, after vast clay beds were discovered in the late 1820s. Today, any pottery with a Mogadore stamp is highly coveted on the antiques market. For more information, contact Village of Mogadore at 330.628.4896; mogadorevillage.org.
• Population: 34,746
• Median Household Income: $66,079
• Median Home Value: $166,200
The Cuyahoga River and the Summit County Metro Parks Bike & Hike Trail run through Munroe Falls, a charming, family-friendly bedroom community comprising less than three square miles on the Summit-Portage County line. Munroe Falls is part of the Stow-Monroe Falls City School District and offers affordable, upscale housing just five miles from Kent State University. For more information, contact City of Munroe Falls at 330.688.7491; munroefalls.com.
• Population: 14,195
• Median Household Income: $68,161
• Median Home Value: $134,600
New Franklin is one of Ohio’s newest municipalities, located at the southern edge of Summit County. Although New Franklin has a rural feel, three major state routes traverse the city, allowing easy access to nearby attractions. A portion of Portage Lakes State Park also lies in New Franklin, as does the Franklin Trailhead of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail, providing residents with access to the 85-mile-long multipurpose recreational trail. For more information, contact City of New Franklin at 330.882.4324, newfranklin.org.
Peninsula retains much of its nineteenth-century charm, with lovingly preserved historic homes and shops full of collectibles.
Photo: Jon Dawson
• Population: 615
• Median Household Income: $94,167
• Median Home Value: $246,800
Small and close-knit, the village of Peninsula retains much of its nineteenth-century charm, with lovingly preserved historic homes, interesting shops full of art and collectibles, and the Peninsula Train Depot, where you can hop on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad along the Ohio & Erie Canalway. Peninsula serves as the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, drawing thousands of visitors a year to the Boston Mill Visitor Center, several hiking trailheads and the Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail. For more information, contact Village of Peninsula at 330.657.2151; villageofpeninsula-oh.gov.
RICHFIELD VILLAGE AND TOWNSHIP
• Population: 3,651
• Median Household Income: $67,875
• Median Home Value: $225,900
Richfield Township is located in the northwest corner of Summit County, bounded by Medina County to the west and Cuyahoga County to the north. Just sixteen miles from Cleveland and fifteen northeast of Akron, Richfield Township enjoys easy access to both metropolitan areas; several major highways, including Interstates 77, 271 and 80 (The Ohio Turnpike), cross through it. Homes are built on large lots, and neighborhoods retain a rural feel that reflects the township’s history as a farming community. For more information, contact Village of Richfield at 330.659.9201; richfieldvillageohio.org.
SAGAMORE HILLS TOWNSHIP
• Population: 10,922
• Median Household Income: $83,044
• Median Home Value: $206,800
Considered the northern gateway to Summit County, bordering Cuyahoga Valley National Park to the west, Sagamore Hills is a bucolic bedroom community with a predominance of newer homes and condominiums. The township is 95% residential and prides itself on sound fiscal management, income-tax-free living and access to stunning natural beauty. Winding roads, scenic streams and the Summit Metro Parks Bike & Hike Trail wind their way through Sagamore Hills, which is part of the Nordonia Hills City School District. For more information, contact Sagamore Hills Township at 330.467.0900; mysagamorehills.com.
• Population: 2,452
• Median Household Income: $94,500
• Median Home Value: $198,100
Silver Lake is a quaint village developed around two scenic lakes that offer ample recreational opportunities. Home to the Silver Lake Country Club, this quiet community has upscale homes as well as more moderately priced offerings and is part of the Cuyahoga Falls School District. For more information, contact Village of Silver Lake at 330.923.5233; villageofsilverlake.com.
• Population: 36,443
• Median Household Income: $55,828
• Median Home Value: $121,800
Nestled between the Little Cuyahoga River and the Tuscarawas River in the gently rolling hills immediately southeast of Akron, Springfield Township is conveniently located five miles from Akron-Canton Airport. Springfield Lake, in the center of the township, is one of the largest glacial lakes found in Northeast Ohio and offers ample recreational opportunities for boaters and anglers. For more information, contact Springfield Township at 330.794.1739; springfieldtownship.us.
• Population: 34,746
• Median Household Income: $66,079
• Median Home Value: $166,200
Stow is Summit County’s third-largest city, with a very competitive housing market. It is part of the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District. Family-friendly activities and recreational facilities abound, including the 7.5-acre Bow Wow Beach Dog Park, Fox Den Golf Course and Silver Spring Campground, one of only a few municipally operated campgrounds in Ohio. Stow is located on the Summit-Portage County line, just west of the vibrant college-town of Kent. For more information, contact City of Stow at 330.689.2700; stowohio.org.
• Population: 17,488
• Median Household Income: $59,863
• Median Home Value: $156,400
Directly adjacent to the city of Akron, on the Summit-Portage County border, Tallmadge offers a wide variety of housing opportunities, convenient shopping areas and numerous recreational facilities, including a 100,000 square-foot health, fitness and recreation center and the Summit Metro Parks Freedom Trail. These, coupled with an excellent school system and large tracts of desirable residential, commercial and industrial lands set aside for development, make Tallmadge attractive to families and professionals alike. A small part of the city falls in Portage County. For more information, contact City of Tallmadge at 330.633.0857; tallmadge-ohio.org.
• Population: 18,851
• Median Household Income: $73,314
• Median Home Value: $210,100
Located halfway between Akron and Cleveland, Twinsburg has evolved from its rural roots into a vibrant suburban community with an expanding commercial center, a variety of housing options and acres of peaceful parkland connected by a 4.4-mile Center Valley Loop Trail. Twinsburg has been listed as one of the Best Places to Live in the U.S. by both CNN Money Magazine and Money.com. Founded by a set of identical twins from Connecticut in 1819, the town is famous for its annual Twins Day Festival, the world’s largest annual gathering of twins and multiples. For more information, contact City of Twinsburg at 330.425.7161; mytwinsburg.com.