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Akron is a borough in Lancaster County, Pennsylvaniamarker. It is a mid-sized town with two main roads going through it: Main Street and 7th Street Pennsylvania Route 272. The town is mostly residential with a number of small businesses. The American headquarters of the Mennonite-related relief organizations, the Mennonite Central Committee and Mennonite Disaster Service, are located in the town. The town features the Roland Park which has baseball fields, pavilions, a pond, a gazebo, tennis courts, a playground, a beach volleyball court, a basketball court, and an 18 target Disc golf course.

General information

  • ZIP code: 17501
  • Area code: 717
  • Local phone code: 859
  • Main Street's speed limit: 25 miles per hour
  • 7th Street's speed limit: 35 miles per hour


History

A railroad used to run through Akron and served a railroad station in the town. A trolley also used to run in parts of the borough. The railroad has since been abandoned, but along the rail alignment remnants of the tracks can still be found—including as railroad ties.

Geography

Akron is located at (40.156472, -76.204000) .

The borough is located on a hill. According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.3 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,046 people, 1,622 households, and 1,138 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,199.8 people per square mile (1,239.8/km²). There were 1,687 housing units at an average density of 1,334.2/sq mi (516.9/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.42% White, 0.54% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 1.38% Asian, 0.79% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. 2.22% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,622 households out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.5% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.8% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the borough the population was spread out with 21.7% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 19.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $45,407, and the median income for a family was $53,365. Males had a median income of $37,061 versus $24,545 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $19,983. About 3.4% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.9% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.

Police, Government, and Fire Protection

Akron borough is an independent local government unit located in Lancaster County. It is run by an elected borough council and an elected mayor.The current Mayor of Akron is John McBeth. The Borough Council is currently run by President Thomas J. Murray Sr. The Chief of Police is Thomas Zell. The Borough of Akron also has a fire company established in 1893 the Akron Volunteer Fire Company Lancaster County Station 1-2[12447], which has approximately 60 members and 3 pieces of Current Running Fire Apparatus.

Economy

The economy is mostly made up of small businesses. There are very few large businesses because the town is small and mostly residential. The largest business headquartered in Akron is the non-profit Mennonite Central Committee, which operates the Fair Trade retailer Ten Thousand Villages. Also, the locally well known Weisers Market is in Akron.

Recreation

Loyd H. Roland Memorial Park (also known as Akron Park), http://www.akron-pa.com/parks.html, is a 70 plus acre park located on Main Street on the East side of Akron. The park has a playground, hiking trails, pond, 18 hole disc golf course, picnic pavilions and more.

Culture

Akron is one of the many Pennsylvania towns to drop or raise a unique item at midnight on New Year's Eve. The "Shoe-In" begins several hours before midnight with children's activities, carriage rides and music. People donate children's shoes which are passed on to the needy. In honor of the area's former shoe making industry ( that used to be located where the current ten-thousand villages is) a giant sneaker is lowered at midnight.

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