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Akron is a city in the US state of Ohio and the county seat of Summit County.  In 2007, it's population was estimated to be 207,934.  The municipality is located in northeastern Ohio on the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland to the north and Canton to the south, approximately 60 miles west of the Pennsylvania border. 

Akron was founded in 1825 near the Ohio and Erie Canal, and became a manufacturing center owing to its location at a staircase of locks.  The locks were needed due to the highter elevation of the area, which gave rise to the name Summit County.  Akron was coined a boom town.  After the decline of heavy manufacturing in the 1970s and '80s, the city's industry has since diversified into research, financial, and high tech sectors.

Akron and nearby Canton are often referrred to as a single region or considered twin cities.  The Akron-Canton Regional Airport is one of many places near the city that is named for both places.  While the US Census Bureau still counts the two metropolitan areas separately, if combined, the total population of the Akron-Canton area would equal 1,101,894 people.  In 1985 the Akron Fulton International Airport was recognized as the 3rd National Landmark of Soaring by the National Soaring Museum.

Akron won the All - American City award 3 times making it into the National Civic League Hall of Fame.  The National Arbor Day Foundation has designated Akron as a Tree City USA.  Residents of Akron are usually referred to as "Akronites".  Nicknames used for the city include "Rubber Capital of the World,"  "Rubber City,"  "City of Invention,"  "Summit City," and "Tire City."

Akron is home to two Fotune 500 companies:  the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and First Energy.  In addition, Akron is home to a number of smaller companies such as Fortune 100 company, A. Schulman, and GOJO, makers of Purell, Advanced Elastomer Systems, FirstMerit Bank, Diamond Match Company, Roadway Express (a subsidiary of Yellow Roadway), Myers industries, an International manufacturer of polymer products, Acme Fresh Market and Lochheed Martin, Maritime Systems & Sensors division.  The City  of Akron created the first Joint Economic Development District to promote regional commerce with neighboring suburbs.