Akron | World’s Best Cities


Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens was once the family home of F.A. Seiberling, cofounder of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. With five buildings dating back to 1912, including the Tudor Revival Manor House, and 10 gardens on 70 acres, it’s the city’s first National Historic Landmark and the nation’s 6th largest historic home open to the public. The estate is symbolic of the wealth that persists here today. One of the world’s leading polymer centers, Akron is home to more than 150 Fortune 500 companies, ranking #3 in that subcategory and #24 for Household Income. Not surprisingly, Akron made the top Top 10 in our Prosperity category, at #8. Standing at #27 for Programming with an eclectic dining scene (#17 for Restaurants), the city is making the single largest infrastructure investment in its 189-year history. Akron Waterways Renewed is a $300-million project that includes the nearly $200 million, 6,000-foot-long Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel, an integrated plan that could be in the works all the way to 2040. In other development news, downtown’s Bowery Project, a $42-million renovation of six historic buildings, is projected to create 2,000 jobs and $245 million in revenue over 20 years.