Market Overview

Stark County is strategically located in Northeast Ohio which serves as the crossroads of the Eastern and Midwestern U.S. markets. Stark County’s network of highways provides easy access to other major Ohio cities and to the larger cities of the Midwest and East Coast including Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Detroit, Indianapolis, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C.

Stark County highway mapStark County’s network of interstate highways provides easy access to these markets. Among the interstate highways providing access to the U.S. include I-77; U.S. Route 30 that links to I-71; Interstate 76 near Akron; and the Ohio Turnpike that links to I-76 and to I-80 to the East Coast. In addition, the Akron-Canton Airport (CAK), located just west of I-77 between Canton and Akron, one of the nation’s fastest growing airports, offers the lowest average airline fares in Ohio. CAK provides nonstop air service to Atlanta, Charlotte, Washington, D.C.(DCA), Chicago (O’Hare), Boston, Denver, Detroit, Ft. Myers, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia and Tampa—and access to the world with only one-stop.

Akron-Canton Airport is in the midst of its 10-year, $110-million CAK 2018 Capital Improvement Plan. The plan is the most ambitious in the airport’s 62-year history and includes expanded parking lots, wider entrance road, a spacious TSA security checkpoint, a customs and border patrol facility, an extended upper level concourse and the construction of the Port Green Industrial Park.

Stark County is home to approximately 375,000 residents and is nationally recognized for serving as the location of the NFL Professional Football Hall of Fame. Stark County is also the world headquarters for several large corporations including The Timken Company, TimkenSteel, Diebold Corporation, The Kenan Advantage Group, Shearer’s Foods and the new headquarters for LG Fuel Cell Systems Inc. The county is also home to hundreds of other service and manufacturing companies that have all recognized the business edge they get from Stark County’s excellent accessibility to the U.S. market and its lower cost of living.

Stark County is strategically located at the crossroads of the Eastern and Midwestern U.S. markets.

Within 500 Miles of the Stark County Regional Market

  • 30% of Total U.S. Personal Income
  • 29% of Total U.S. Retail Sales
  • 30% of Total U.S. Employment
  • 30% of Total U.S. Population

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Ohio's Eight Largest Metropolitan Areas

Metropolitan Statistical Areas*

Population Estimate (July 1, 2013)

1. Cincinnati-Middletown
2,137,406 (OH-KY-IN)

2. Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor
2,064,725 (OH)

3. Columbus
1,967,066 (OH)

4. Dayton
802,489 (OH)

5. Akron
705,686 (OH)

6. Toledo
608,145 (OH)

7. Youngstown-Warren-Boardman
555,506 (OH-PA)

8. Canton-Massillon
403,707 (OH)

* A Metropolitan Statistical Area is defined by the U.S. Bureau of the Census as a large population nucleus, together with adjacent communities which have a high degree of economic and social integration within that nucleus.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau; Population Estimate


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