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You can download the report here: Akron Community Foundation’s 2015 Report
Wages in Summit County are persistently low, and many of the county’s jobs are in the service sector.
“Four of Summit County’s top five employment sectors have average wages that are below the area’s median income.”
According to the report, 39 percent of children in Summit County, or about 8,400 kids, are currently living in poverty. Childhood poverty causes suffering in the present, but also keeps children from learning skills needed to fill living-wage jobs in the future.
The number of people on the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP, has increased 95 percent in the last 10 years.
only 21 percent of people can reach a typical job within 90 minutes, using the county’s current public transportation.
By 2020 the number of people 60 and older in Summit County will exceed the number of people under the age of 18. Not only will this challenge the county’s elderly care facilities, it could have financial consequences as well.