Akron, Indiana

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Akron is a town in Henry Township, Fulton County, Indiana, United States. The population was 1,076 at the 2000 census. Akron hosts a nationally-famous All-Americana 4th of July parade and fireworks. Students attend Akron Elementary and Tippecanoe Valley Middle and High Schools.

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History

Akron was originally named Newark by settlers from Newark, Ohio; the name was changed to Akron in 1855, for the Ohio city.[3] It was founded by Dr. Joseph Sippy on July 4, 1836 when he brought 47 settlers to what was then the crossing of the Potawatomi and Miami Indian trails and declared, "This is the place!" The first building was constructed where the Methodist church stands now. Dr. Sippy's house, which once stood across the street from Viking Foods, was a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Geography

Akron is located at 41°2′20″N 86°1′29″W / 41.03889°N 86.02472°W / 41.03889; -86.02472 (41.038850, -86.024784)[4]. Akron is at the crossroad of SR 14 and SR 19.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.2 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,076 people, 404 households, and 290 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,365.8 people per square mile (923.2/km²). There were 434 housing units at an average density of 954.3/sq mi (372.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 91.45% White, 0.28% African American, 0.28% Native American, 7.16% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.68% of the population.

Of the 404 households, 36.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.0% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.0% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.13.

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