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Summit County, Ohio
Seal of Summit County, Ohio
Map
Map of Ohio highlighting Summit County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the USA highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded March 3, 1840
Seat Akron
Largest City Akron
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

419.38 sq mi (1,086 km²)
412.08 sq mi (1,067 km²)
7.3 sq mi (19 km²), 1.7%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

541,781
1,313/sq mi (507/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.co.summit.oh.us
Named for: the highest elevation on the Ohio and Erie Canal

Summit County is an urban county in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 541,781 making it the fourth-most populous county in Ohio. Its county seat is Akron. The county was formed on March 3, 1840, from portions of Medina, Portage and Stark Counties. It was named "Summit County" because the highest elevation on the Ohio and Erie Canal is located in the county.

Summit County is part of the Akron, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Cleveland-Akron-Canton, OH Combined Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 419.38 square miles (1,086 km2), of which 412.08 square miles (1,067 km2) is land and 7.3 square miles (19 km2) (1.7%) is water. The largest portion of Cuyahoga Valley National Park is located in the northern part of the county. The southern border of the former Connecticut Western Reserve passes through the southern part of the county, leading to jogs in the east and west borders of the county.

Major highways

  • I-76.svg Interstate 76
  • I-77.svg Interstate 77
  • I-80.svgOhioTurnpike.svg Interstate 80 / Ohio Turnpike
  • I-271.svg Interstate 271
  • I-277.svg Interstate 277
  • I-480.svg Interstate 480
  • US 224.svg U.S. Route 224
  • OH-8.svg Ohio State Route 8

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park (also extends north into Cuyahoga County)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 22,560
1850 27,485 21.8%
1860 27,344 −0.5%
1870 34,674 26.8%
1880 43,788 26.3%
1890 54,089 23.5%
1900 71,715 32.6%
1910 108,253 50.9%
1920 286,065 164.3%
1930 344,131 20.3%
1940 339,405 −1.4%
1950 410,032 20.8%
1960 513,569 25.3%
1970 553,371 7.8%
1980 524,472 −5.2%
1990 514,990 −1.8%
2000 542,899 5.4%
2010 541,781 −0.2%
Est. 2015 541,968 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 541,781 people, 222,781 households, and 141,110 families residing in the county. The population density was 1,312.6 inhabitants per square mile (506.8/km2). There were 245,109 housing units at an average density of 593.8 per square mile (229.3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 80.6% white, 14.4% black or African American, 2.2% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.5% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.6% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 24.9% were German, 15.3% were Irish, 10.6% were English, 10.1% were Italian, 5.1% were Polish, and 4.5% were American.

Of the 222,781 households, 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.7% were non-families, and 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.98. The median age was 40.0 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,926 and the median income for a family was $62,271. Males had a median income of $47,892 versus $35,140 for females. The per capita income for the county was $26,676. About 10.0% of families and 13.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.8% of those under age 18 and 8.0% of those age 65 or over.

Recreation

  • Summit Metro Parks

Communities

Cities

Map of Summit County Ohio With Municipal and Township Labels
Map of Summit County, Ohio With Municipal and Township Labels. The map denotes New Franklin and Franklin Township as separate entities, predating their 2003 merger.

Villages

Townships

Defunct townships

  • Franklin
  • Green
  • Hudson
  • Norton
  • Northampton
  • Portage
  • Stow

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

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