Town of Akron, Colorado

From its beginning as a frontier town on the prairie to currently being one of the largest agricultural producing areas in Colorado, Akron has been a thriving community. Agriculture is the largest industry in Washington County, consisting primarily of dryland farming.

Washington County is one of the top producers of hard red winter wheat, and also produces millet, milo, corn, and sunflowers. The dairy and beef industries account for over half of the farm income in the county.

Colorado Plains Regional Airport located on the north side of Akron is a huge asset to Washington County. The 7000-foot runway accom-modates commercial and general aviation aircraft, including 727s and 737s. The facility holds many FAA certifications, and has a fixed based operator available 24 hours a day for fueling. The airport complex covers 640 acres, with 500 acres of industrial site develop-ment area available.

Akron is home to two medical clinics and one dental clinic. The Washington County Ambulance Service is staffed by a number of paramedics and EMTs, and offers advanced life support. The Washington County Nursing Home offers both long-term and short-term care for residents. One senior housing apartment compex operates in Akron.

Akron's schools provide pre-school through grade 12 education to approximately 500 students. Highly-regarded academic programs send most of our graduates on to colleges, universities and military academies every spring with a strong foundation for success. Strong vocational programs are available in agriculture, business, and consumer and family studies. A wide range of extracurricular activities and athletic opportunities enhance the educational experience. Head Start is also available in Akron. Two community colleges are located within 35 miles of Akron.

Two weekly newspapers, one in Akron and one in Otis, keep citizens informed of activities past and upcoming each week. Local organizations include several sororities, Akron Lions, Akron Elks and Does, VFW and American Legion, and Knights of Columbus, as well as many youth organizations. Ten churches provide a wide range of worship opportunities to people of many faiths in Akron.

At 4,663 feet in elevation, Akron is the highest point on the Burlington Northern Railroad between Chicago and Denver. It is a short two hour drive to Colorado's capital city of Denver.

Akron sits at the intersection of U.S. Highway 34 and Colorado Highway 63. Combined with its location on the Burlington Northern Railroad and the capability of the Colorado Plains Regional Airport, Akron has excellent transportation infrastructure. Interstate 76 can be reached within 25 miles of Akron to either the west or the north.

The Washington County Justice Center, opened in 2002, is home to the Washington County and Thirteenth Judicial District Courts, as well as a 180-bed jail.

Akron has a low crime rate and is a safe place to live and raise a family or to spend your retirement years. The strength of our community lies in the people who have chosen to live here--people who value more than material things. We have clean air, good water, friendly people, and a large number of independently owned businesses providing goods and services with an old-fashioned smile and community pride.