Akron residents rack up a lot of college debt, a new study says.

Lending Tree reports that people living in the Akron metropolitan area have the fifth highest amount of student debt in the nation, with a median balance of $21,037.

“Akron is a manufacturing hot spot (including Goodyear tires), which means a lot of chemists, many of whom have studied at the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at the University of Akron,” the study says. “We found that 6.5 percent of residents owe more than $100,000.”

The average nationwide was $17,938.

The Pew Research Center estimated last year that 37 percent of adults under the age of 30 have some student loan debt and Americans overall owe more than $1.3 trillion.

Lending Tree analyzed users to its website, along with U.S. Census Bureau data, for its study.

Washington, D.C., ranked No. 1 nationwide with a median balance of $22,803.

The rest of the top five, in order, are: Atlanta ($22,232); Richmond, Va., ($21,915); and Raleigh, N.C. ($21,357).

Other Ohio cities in the top 100 are:

• 14th: Toledo, $19,981.

• 23rd: Columbus, $19,125.

• 33rd: Cleveland, $18,743.

• 34th: Cincinnati: $18,704.

• 59th: Dayton, $17,689.

Read the full study here.