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Akron, Pennsylvania
Main Street at Pennsylvania Route 272
Main Street at Pennsylvania Route 272
Location in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Location in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Akron, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Akron, Pennsylvania
Akron, Pennsylvania
Location in Pennsylvania
Akron, Pennsylvania is located in the United States
Akron, Pennsylvania
Akron, Pennsylvania
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Lancaster
 • Total 1.23 sq mi (3.19 km2)
 • Land 1.23 sq mi (3.18 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
509 ft (155 m)
 • Total 3,876
 • Estimate 
 • Density 3,158.9/sq mi (1,263.90/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 717

Akron is a borough in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 3,876, and in 2019 the estimated population was 4,015.


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 railroad ties.


Akron is located at 40°9′23″N 76°12′14″W / 40.15639°N 76.20389°W / 40.15639; -76.20389 (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 (3.4 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 284
1890 606 113.4%
1900 653 7.8%
1910 719 10.1%
1920 723 0.6%
1930 747 3.3%
1940 877 17.4%
1950 1,028 17.2%
1960 2,167 110.8%
1970 3,149 45.3%
1980 3,471 10.2%
1990 3,869 11.5%
2000 4,046 4.6%
2010 3,876 −4.2%
2019 (est.) 4,015 3.6%

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 per square mile (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.


Loyd H. Roland Memorial Park (also known as Akron Park),, 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.


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, music, and a bonfire. 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 Ten-Thousand Villages Corporate Offices are currently located) a giant sneaker is lowered at midnight.


The economy is mostly made up of small businesses. There are very few large businesses because the town is small and mostly residential. The American headquarters of the Mennonite Central Committee, which started the Fair Trade retailer Ten Thousand Villages, and Mennonite Disaster Service, are located in the town. The locally well-known Weisers Market is also in Akron.

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