Hudson is a North Coast town that thrives on education. Over 66% of residents above the age of 25 possess a college degree, and local school districts are at the top of charts. A favorite educational spot includes the downtown Learned Owl Book Shop, which attracts youth and families daily. The current population of Hudson rests at approximately 22,500 with an average age of 42 years old while 30% of residents are under the age of 18. Along with superb education, Hudson is known for an abundance of parkland reaching over 1,000 acres total across the city and is in close proximity to Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Community is of economic importance to the city, and in 2002 the Chamber of Commerce became the first to employ an electronic gift card to be use everywhere within Hudson city limits. Hudson was ranked by America’s Promise as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People in 2010.