Akron, New York
Akron is a village in Erie County, New York, United States. The population was 2,868 at the 2010 census. The name derives from the Greek word ἄκρον signifying a summit or high point. It is part of the Buffalo–Niagara Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area. Akron is located in the town of Newstead on the west and north slopes of a hill. NY 93 passes through the village.
|Akron, New York|
Location in Erie County and the state of New York.
|• Total||2.0 sq mi (5.1 km2)|
|• Land||2.0 sq mi (5.1 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||741 ft (226 m)|
|• Estimate (2016)||2,854|
|• Density||1,400/sq mi (560/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0942224|
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The village was developed after land was purchased from local Native Americans. The site of the village was first settled around 1829, centered on Akron Falls, which provided water power. Akron became an incorporated village in 1849. The village absorbed the community of Fallkirk in its growth. In 1880, the population of Akron was about 1,050. It was then an important cement-producing center, due to local deposits of gypsum. Besides production of cement, the village also produced cigars.
- Dick Beyer, former pro wrestler
- Marlow Cook (1926–2016), United States Senator (R-KY)
- Robert J. Gamble, former U.S. Representative and United States Senator (R-SD)
- Clark L. Hull, notable psychologist
- Gordon Klingenschmitt, American activist and former American military chaplain and one-term member of the Colorado state legislature
- Dennis E. Nolan, career U.S. Army officer and headed the first modern American military combat intelligence function
- Jack Owen, musician
- Bill Paxon, former U.S. congressman
- Darrin Pfeiffer, musician
- J. C. Tretter, professional football player
- Alex Webster, musician
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2), all land.
Akron is adjacent to the Tonawanda Reservation of the Seneca, but most of the reservation is in Genesee County. A small general aviation airport, Akron Airport, is on high ground on the eastern side of the village. Much of Akron Falls County Park is within the village. The falls are a feature of Murder Creek, which passes through the park and the village flowing in a northwesterly direction.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,085 people, 1,313 households, and 839 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,571.3 people per square mile (607.7/km²). There were 1,373 housing units at an average density of 699.3 per square mile (270.5/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.57% White, 0.39% African American, 1.39% Native American, 0.03% Asian, 0.13% from other races, and 0.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.65% of the population.
There were 1,313 households out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.8% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.1% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.94.
In the village, the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 87.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.9 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $35,313, and the median income for a family was $48,083. Males had a median income of $33,250 versus $24,327 for females. The per capita income for the village was $17,712. About 4.9% of families and 8.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.0% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over.
- The Rich-Twinn Octagon House, an example of this unusual style of architecture, is open to the public. The Newstead Historical Society also operates the Knight-Sutton Museum with exhibits of local history and culture.
- A popular spot for social gathering in Akron is Russell Park, which was put in an Akron's founder's will to be a park forever or returned to his next of kin. At one point in time, where the gazebo is now, there used to be a fountain. Due to the cost of upkeep, the fountain was removed and replaced with the Akron gazebo.
- Akron is home to one school, Akron Central School, which includes all students, pre-K to 12 in its one building.
- U.S. Post Office (Akron, New York), a historic post office building, contains a WPA tempera mural, Early Mail Route to Akron, completed in 1941 by artist Elizabeth Logan.
- Newstead Fire Company serves most of the Town of Newstead and portions of the Village of Akron. It is the second largest fire district in Erie county, with respect to square miles within the district (after the Buffalo Fire Department).
- The first and, to date, only park golf course in the United States was opened in Akron in July 2013. The sport, brought to America by Akron native Dick "The Destroyer" Beyer, originated in Japan, where Beyer spent several years as a professional wrestler.
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