Thursday, February 18, 2016

From akros to nadir

Akron is from the Greek akros, meaning high point. Not any more. Today, a middle French word, nadir, is a better description.

Akron -- with the economy-boosting rubber shops long gone -- is as stagnant as a pool of water waiting for mosquitoes to take over:

57% increase in individuals living in poverty, an alarming jump  from the 27% in 2013.

Per capita income down 16%.

Median household income fell by $9,158 to $33,909, more than double the national figure.

Population down 8.3%.

20% have a college degree.

Zero growth in the percentage of young ­professionals living in the city.

To read Rich Armon’s story about the Columbus-based Greater Ohio Policy Center findings, click on

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