Summit County, Ohio
Summit County Courthouse
Location within the U.S. state of Ohio
Ohio's location within the U.S.
|Founded||March 3, 1840|
|Named for||the highest elevation on the Ohio and Erie Canal|
|• Total||419.38 sq mi (1,086.2 km2)|
|• Land||412.08 sq mi (1,067.3 km2)|
|• Water||7.3 sq mi (19 km2) 1.7%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||1,313/sq mi (507/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|Congressional districts||11th, 13th, 14th, 16th|
Summit County is an urban county in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 541,781 making it the fourth-most populous county in Ohio. Its county seat is Akron. The county was formed on March 3, 1840, from portions of Medina, Portage and Stark Counties. 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, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Cleveland-Akron-Canton, OH Combined Statistical Area..
- 1 Geography
- 2 Government
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Politics
- 5 Education
- 6 Recreation
- 7 Communities
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 419.38 square miles (1,086 km2), of which 412.08 square miles (1,067 km2) is land and 7.3 square miles (19 km2) (1.7%) 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.
- Cuyahoga County - northwest
- Geauga County - northeast
- Portage County - east
- Stark County - south
- Wayne County - southwest
- Medina County - west
National protected area
Summit County, along with Cuyahoga County, is one of two of Ohio's 88 counties that have a charter government, as authorized by 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 Courts - Sandra Kurt (D) (elected)
- Prosecuting Attorney - Sherri Bevan Walsh (D) (elected)
- Engineer - Alan Brubaker (D) (elected)
- Sheriff - Steve Barry (D) (elected)
- Fiscal Officer - Kristen Scalise (D) (elected)
Summit County currently has 14 Common Pleas judges. They are:
- Kelly McLaughlin (D),
- Kathryn Michael (D),
- Christine Croce (R),
- Amy Corrigall Jones (R),
- Alison McCarty (R),
- Tammy O'Brien (R),
- Joy Oldfield (D),
- Mary Margaret Rowlands (D),
- Alison Breaux (D), and
- Susan Baker Ross (D)
- Linda Tucci Teodosio (D) (Juvenile Court Judge)
- Katarina Cook (R) (Domestic Relations Judge)
- John P. Quinn (D) (Domestic Relations Judge)
- Elinore Marsh Stormer (D) (Probate Judge)
Summit County Council
Summit County has an 11-member council. Three members are elected at-large in mid-term cycles, while eight members are elected from districts coinciding with the Presidential election. The current members of Summit County Council are:
- Clair Dickinson (D) (at-large)
- Elizabeth Walters (D) (at-large) 
- John Donofrio (D) (at-large)
- Ron Koehler (R) (District 1)
- John Schmidt (D) (District 2)
- Gloria Rodgers (R) (District 3)
- *Jeff Wilhite (D) (District 4) 
- David Hamilton (D) (District 5)
- Jerry Feeman (D) (District 6)
- Beth McKenney (R) (District 7)
- Paula Prentice (D) (District 8) 
* Indicates Council President 
- John R. Morgan, 1981–1989
- Tim Davis, 1989–2001
- James B. McCarthy (D), 2001–2007
- Russell M. Pry (D), 2007-2016
- Ilene Shapiro (D), 2016–present
|U.S. Decennial Census|
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 inhabitants per square mile (506.8/km2). There were 245,109 housing units at an average density of 593.8 per square mile (229.3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 80.6% white, 14.4% black or African American, 2.2% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.5% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.6% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 24.9% were German, 15.3% were Irish, 10.6% were English, 10.1% were Italian, 5.1% were Polish, and 4.5% were American.
Of the 222,781 households, 29.8% 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, 36.7% were non-families, and 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.98. The median age was 40.0 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $47,926 and the median income for a family was $62,271. Males had a median income of $47,892 versus $35,140 for females. The per capita income for the county was $26,676. About 10.0% of families and 13.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.8% of those under age 18 and 8.0% of those age 65 or over.
Like most of Northeast Ohio, Summit is heavily Democratic. It has only voted Republican three times since 1932, all in national Republican landslides– Dwight D. Eisenhower's 1956 victory, and the 49-state sweeps by Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan in 1972 and 1984, respectively.
School Districts in Summit County do not strictly follow City and Township Corporation limits or township borders. Many School Districts in Summit County overlap community borders. Below is a list of all public school districts in Summit County, Ohio.
- Akron Public School District
- Revere Local School District
- Copley–Fairlawn City School District
- Woodridge Local School District
- Hudson City School District
- Stow-Munroe Falls City School District
- Cuyahoga Falls City School District
- Tallmadge City School District
- Mogadore Local School District
- Springfield Local School District
- Coventry Local School District
- Green Local School District
- Manchester Local School District
- Barberton City School District
- Norton City School District
- Twinsburg City School District
- Nordonia Hills City School District
|Summit County Public School Enrollment Trends (K-12)|
Colleges and universities
- University of Akron, Akron
- Kent State University Regional Academic Center, Twinsburg
- Stark State College Akron
Other unincorporated communities
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- 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
- Pry died in office on July 31, 2016 at age 58. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-08-04. Retrieved 2016-08-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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- 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