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 http://www.ohio.com/news/local/new-report-offers-troubling-picture-of-akron-1.662581#.VsW6Ok1mQFs.email