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Akronians Less Satisfied with Summit County as a Place to Live According to New Report | New

New analysis of data collected by the Center for Marketing and Opinion Research (CMOR) earlier this year found that residents of Akron are less satisfied with Summit County as a place to live than their neighbors in surrounding suburbs.

This is the first time CMOR has specifically looked at responses from Akron residents, according to director and co-founder Amanda Barna.

“I would say you know it was kind of disheartening to see this was the county’s lowest positive rating as a place to live,” Barna said.

51% of Akron residents rated Summit County as an excellent or good place to live, compared to 74% of suburban residents.

“I think another thing that surprised me was that more than a quarter of residents said they would probably move in the next few years – move outside the county,” Barna said.

Those most likely to move include younger residents and people earning less than $25,000 a year.

“The lower the income, the more likely they were to say they were likely to move,” Barna said, “and in terms of age, younger residents were much more likely than older residents.”

Residents of Akron are also more concerned about crime and safety. 28% of Akron residents cited crime and safety issues as the most important issue facing Summit County.

Favorable ratings of job opportunities in Summit County reached an all-time high of 49% by Akron residents. However, only 28% of residents rated the economy favorably, down from 38% in 2020, and only 27% of Akronites said they were better off financially than a few years ago, the lowest percentage since 2011.

“Concerns around jobs specifically were low,” Barna said. “It’s more about other economic issues, such as the cost of living and inflation.”

These trends are not unique to Akron, Barna said.

“You know this is not an issue specific to the city of Akron,” Barna said. “When we looked at other geographies, this was the lowest positive rating for Summit County residents as a whole, which includes suburban residents. And then also in Stark County, we we saw a very similar trend.

CMOR traditionally publishes community pulse reports for Summit and Stark counties. This is the first time they have published an analysis of this data focusing on one city. Barna said the other polls had been helpful to community leaders, so they believed Akron’s analysis would help the community.

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