Summit County, Ohio
|Summit County, Ohio|
Location in the state of Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
|Founded||March 3, 1840|
|Named for||the highest elevation on the Ohio and Erie Canal|
420.06 sq mi (1,088 km²)
412.75 sq mi (1,069 km²)
7.31 sq mi (19 km²), 1.74%
1,312.6/sq mi (507/km²)
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Summit County is an urban county located in the state of Ohio, United States. It is Ohio's fourth most populous county. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 541,781, which is a decrease of 0.2% from 542,899 in 2000. Its county seat is Akron. It was named "Summit County" because the highest elevation on the Ohio and Erie Canal is located in the county.
Summit County is part of the Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Summit County, along with Cuyahoga County, is one of two of Ohio's 88 counties that has a charter government, as authorized by the Article X of the Ohio Constitution. Under its charter, rather than three elected commissioners, Summit County has an elected County Executive and an eleven member County Council. Eight members of the council are elected from individual districts the other three are elected at large. Summit County also has an appointed Medical Examiner rather than an elected Coroner, and an elected Fiscal Officer, who exercises the powers and performs the duties of a county auditor, treasurer and recorder. The remaining officials are similar to the officials in other counties. They include the following:
- Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas (elected)
- Prosecuting Attorney (elected)
- Engineer (elected)
- Sheriff (elected)
Summit County currently has 14 Common Pleas judges. They are:
- Lynne S. Callahan,
- Paul J. Gallagher,
- Judy Hunter,
- Amy Corrigall Jones,
- Alison McCarty,
- Tammy O'Brien,
- Tom Parker,
- Mary Margaret Rowlands,
- Elinore Marsh Stormer, and
- Thomas A. Teodosio
- Linda Tucci Teodosio (Juvenile Court Judge)
- Carol J. Dezso (Domestic Relations Judge)
- John P. Quinn (Domestic Relations Judge)
- Elinore Marsh Stormer (Probate Judge)
County Executives 
- John R. Morgan, 1981–1989
- Tim Davis, 1989–2001
- James B. McCarthy, 2001–2007
- Russell M. Pry, since 2007
According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 420.06 square miles (1,088.0 km2), of which 412.75 square miles (1,069.0 km2) (or 98.26%) is land and 7.31 square miles (18.9 km2) (or 1.74%) is water. The largest portion of Cuyahoga Valley National Park is located in the northern part of the county. The southern border of the former Connecticut Western Reserve passes through the southern part of the county, leading to jogs in the east and west borders of the county.
Major highways 
- Interstate 76
- Interstate 77
- Interstate 80 (Ohio Turnpike)
- Interstate 271
- Interstate 277
- Interstate 480
- U.S. Route 224
Adjacent counties 
- Cuyahoga County, Ohio - north and northwest
- Geauga County, Ohio - northeast corner
- Portage County, Ohio - east
- Stark County, Ohio - south and southeast
- Wayne County, Ohio - southwest
- Medina County, Ohio - west
Summit County was formed on March 3, 1840 from portions of Medina, Portage and Stark counties. It was named after the highest point on the Ohio and Erie Canal.
As of the 2010 census, there were 541,781 people, 222,781 households, and 141,110 families residing in the county. The population density was 1,312.6 people per square mile (508/km²). There were 245,109 housing units at an average density of 559 per square mile (216/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 80.6% White, 14.4% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 2.2% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.5% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. 1.6% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 24.6% were of German, 15.4% Irish, 9.6% English, 9.2% Italian, and 5.3% Polish ancestries according to Census 2010. 93.6% spoke English and 3.1% spoke another Indo-European language as their first language.
There were 222,781 households out of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.7% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.98.
The median income for a household in the county was $47,926, and the median income for a family was $60,849. The per capita income for the county was $26,676. About 13.8% of the population were living below the poverty line.
In 2000, the county population was spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 29.60% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 14.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 92.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.30 males.
Defunct townships 
Census-designated places 
Other communities 
Colleges and universities 
- Cuyahoga Valley National Park (also extends north into Cuyahoga County)
- Metro Parks, Serving Summit County
See also 
- "Ohio County Profiles: Summit County" (PDF). Ohio Department of Development. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
- "Summit County data". Ohio State University Extension Data Center. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
- "Summit County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- McCarthy retired on June 30, 2007. "McCarthy, 67, Turns New Corner,". Akron Beacon Journal, 30 June 2007.
- Pry Biography
- On July 12, 2007, Pry was appointed by a majority vote of the Summit County Democratic Party's Central Committee to finish the remainder of McCarthy's second term. "Pry Named County Executive." Akron Beacon Journal, 13 July 2007
- On November 4, 2008, Pry was elected to a four-year term as County Executive with over 60% of the vote. "Republicans Lose More Ground in Summit Races, Democrats Gain Spot with Brubaker Beating Incumbent Engineer." Akron Beacon Journal, 6 November 2008
- On November 6, 2012, Pry was elected to a second four-year term as County Executive with over 62% of the vote. "Democrats Maintain Summit County Seats." Akron Beacon Journal, 7 November 2012
- "Census 2010 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
- Official Summit County page
- Akron-Summit Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Summit Memory, an online scrapbook capturing the history of Summit County, Ohio by the Akron-Summit County Public Library
||Cuyahoga County||Cuyahoga County||Geauga County|
|Medina County||Portage County|
|Wayne County||Stark County||Stark County|