|Founded||March 1, 1846|
|Named for||A Native American word for salt lick|
|• Total||425 sq mi (1,100 km2)|
|• Land||412 sq mi (1,070 km2)|
|• Water||14 sq mi (40 km2) 3.2%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||540/sq mi (210/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
Mahoning County is a county in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2020 census, the population was 228,614. Its county seat and largest city is Youngstown. The county is named after the Mahoning River and was formed on March 1, 1846; the 83rd county in Ohio. Until 1846, the area that is now Mahoning County was part of Trumbull and Columbiana counties, when the counties in the area were redefined and Mahoning County emerged as a new county. Mahoning County is part of the Youngstown–Warren, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area.
In the year 1600, Mahoning County was likely divided between two nations of Native Americans, the Erie people in the east and the Whittlesey culture in the west. It is unknown where the actual boundaries between these cultures lay, though the nearest confirmed Whittlesey settlement was at Cleveland and the nearest confirmed Erie settlement was just barely across the Ohio-Pennsylvania border, in Ashtabula County. The Erie were an Iroquoian people who likely arrived sometime between the years 1100-1300 AD, after chasing out an older nation of "Mound Builders." The Whittlesey were likely Algonquian, but lived in longhouses rather than the traditional Algonquian wigwams.
Following the Beaver Wars, when the Iroquois Confederacy declared war on many of the tribes of the Great Lakes region over several decades and destroyed them, new tribes moved into this area. The tribes who shared the resources of the Mahoning Valley included the Seneca, Lenape (Delaware), Shawnee, and Wyandot. The Seneca and Wyandot were Iroquoians, and the Lenape and Shawnee were Algonquians. As northeast Ohio later came to be under control of the settlers as part of the Connecticut Western Reserve, all tribes were pushed further westward or southward, before eventually being removed from Ohio by the United States in the early-mid 1800s.
Some former known Native American sites that existed in Mahoning County include the council rock and the North Benton burial mound. Council Rock was where the Shawnee and Lenape were known to gather for collective holiday celebrations, religion ceremonies and political meetings and once sat in the center of Youngstown. Though the rock was moved long ago, it still rests in what is now Lincoln Park. The North Benton burial mound was once located on the outskirts of North Benton and was removed by archeologists. It was attributed to the Hopewell culture, but contained unique features, such as sculptures of constellations made of white rocks and clay laid out at ground level and a pit full of mixed human bones in one corner. It shared features with two other burial mounds found and excavated in Kent, Ohio and Warren, Pennsylvania represents a completely unique style of burial mound in Ohio.
Prior to its formation of a county in 1846, Mahoning County was a destination for a family of Huguenot refugees in the early 1800s.
In the 1900s, Youngstown was a hub for the American steel industry and for local mob groups, who gained their power through the liquor and gambling industries during prohibition, remaining a key safety issue for the region until the 1970s. It was also the home to Warner Theatre, where the Warner Bros. film studio got its start and remained a hub for early film and television for decades. An extensive German community used to exist in the township of Berlin, until pressure to fully assimilate after the World Wars against Germany ended it. Brier Hill Pizza was invented in Youngstown's Brier Hill neighborhood and is considered a local delicacy.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has an area of 425 square miles (1,100 km2), of which 412 square miles (1,070 km2) is land and 14 square miles (36 km2) (3.2%) is water.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 257,555 people, 102,587 households, and 68,835 families living in the county. The population density was 620 inhabitants per square mile (240/km2). There were 111,762 housing units at an average density of 269 units per square mile (104 units/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 81.04% White, 15.87% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.03% from other races, and 1.38% from two or more races. 2.97% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
93.1% spoke English, 2.6% Spanish, 1.0% Italian, and 0.5% Greek as their first language.
There were 102,587 households, out of which 28.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.00% were married couples living together, 14.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.90% were non-families. 29.10% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.02.
In the county, the population was spread out, with 23.70% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 17.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 91.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.00 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $35,248, and the median income for a family was $44,185. Males had a median income of $36,313 versus $23,272 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,818. About 9.60% of families and 12.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.10% of those under age 18 and 8.70% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2010 census, there were 238,823 people, 98,712 households, and 62,676 families living in the county. The population density was 580.2 inhabitants per square mile (224.0/km2). There were 111,833 housing units at an average density of 271.7 units per square mile (104.9 units/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 79.9% white, 15.7% black or African American, 0.7% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 1.4% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 4.7% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 21.4% were German, 18.4% were Italian, 16.6% were Irish, 8.9% were English, and 4.2% were American.
Of the 98,712 households, 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.7% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.5% were non-families, and 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.94. The median age was 42.9 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $40,123 and the median income for a family was $52,489. Males had a median income of $44,516 versus $31,969 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,824. About 12.6% of families and 16.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.9% of those under age 18 and 10.0% of those age 65 or over.
According to the county's 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the county are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|2||Youngstown City School District||1,791|
|4||Youngstown State University||1,200|
|5||VXI Global Solutions||1,100|
|6||City of Youngstown||1,063|
|8||Windsor House Assisted Living||850|
|9||Austintown Local School District||800|
|10||Akron Children's Hospital||800|
Mahoning County is historically Democratic-leaning, voting for the Democratic presidential candidate in every election from 1976 through 2016. Between 1976 and 2012 Mahoning County voted Democratic by at least a margin of 17 percentage points for every election. In 2016, Hillary Clinton won the county over Donald Trump by 3.3 percent, the smallest margin since 1972; in 2012, Barack Obama carried the county over Mitt Romney by a solid 28.3 percent. However, in 2020, Donald Trump flipped the county Republican for the first time since Richard Nixon's national landslide victory in 1972, carrying it by a margin of 1.9 percentage points.
At the statewide level, Mahoning County generally votes Democratic as well. Since 1970, the county has only voted Republican three times at the gubernatorial level – in the landslide elections of 1994, 2014, and 2022.
Between 2012 and 2022, Mahoning County was split between Ohio's 13th congressional district and Ohio's 6th congressional district. After the 2020 redistricting cycle, the county was moved entirely into the 6th district, which is currently represented by Congressman Bill Johnson.
|D||Anthony Vivo||Clerk of Courts|
|D||Gina DeGenova||Prosecuting Attorney|
|D||Anthony M. D'Apolito||Court of Common Pleas|
|D||Anthony Donofrio||Court of Common Pleas|
|D||John M. Durkin||Court of Common Pleas|
|R||R. Scott Krichbaum||Court of Common Pleas|
|R||Maureen A. Sweeney||Court of Common Pleas|
|D||Beth A. Smith||Court of Common Pleas Domestic Relations Division|
|R||Theresa F. Dellick||Court of Common Pleas Juvenile Division|
|I||Robert N. Rusu, Jr.||Court of Common Pleas Probate Court|
|R||Joseph M. Houser||Mahoning County Court #2 - Boardman|
|D||Joseph L. Schiavoni||Mahoning County Court #3 - Sebring|
|R||Scott D. Hunter||Mahoning County Court #4 - Austintown|
|R||Molly K. Johnson||Mahoning County Court #5 - Canfield|
|D||Patrick P. Cunning||Campbell Municipal Court|
|D||Dominic R. Leone III||Struthers Municipal Court|
|D||Carla J. Baldwin||Youngstown Municipal Court|
|R||Renee M. DiSalvo||Youngstown Municipal Court|
|D||Cheryl L. Waite||7th District Court of Appeals|
|R||Carol Ann Robb||7th District Court of Appeals|
|D||David A. D’Apolito||7th District Court of Appeals|
|R||Mark A. Hanni||7th District Court of Appeals|
|R||Alessandro Cutrona||58||Ohio House of Representatives|
|D||Lauren McNally||59||Ohio House of Representatives|
|R||Michael Rulli||33||Ohio Senate|
|R||Bill Johnson||6||U.S. House of Representatives|
|D||Sherrod Brown||Statewide||U.S. Senate|
|R||J. D. Vance||Statewide||U.S. Senate|
School districts include:
The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2020 census of Mahoning County.
* minority of municipality located in Mahoning County
† county seat
|Rank||City/Town/etc.||Population (2010 Census)||Municipal type|