Youngstown–Warren–Boardman, OH–PA MSA
Youngstown–Warren, OH–PA CSA
|Elevation||660–3,001 ft (200–915 m)|
|• MSA||541,243 (107th)|
|• CSA||632,538 (80th)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
16xxx to 44xxx
|Area code(s)||330, 234, 724|
The Youngstown–Warren–Boardman, OH–PA Metropolitan Statistical Area, typically known as the Mahoning Valley or the Steel Valley, is a metropolitan area in Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania the United States, with the city of Youngstown, Ohio, at its center. According to the US Census Bureau, the metropolitan statistical area (MSA) includes Mahoning and Trumbull counties in Ohio and Mercer County in Pennsylvania. As of the 2020 census, the metro area had a population of 541,243. This area has a large commuter population that works in Cleveland and Pittsburgh and their metropolitan areas. It is located in the Rust Belt, a region which stretches from Minneapolis in the west to Scranton in the east.
Although steel has been produced in the Mahoning Valley since the mid-1800s, after the Civil War, the valley was primarily known for its iron production. Conversion to steel manufacturing began during the economic depression of the 1890s. The Mahoning Valley is suitable for steel manufacture because of "its proximity to the Lake Erie ports that receive iron ore…the coal fields of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia; and to limestone deposits." The "25-mile stretch of steel mills and related industries" along the Mahoning River is similar to the Ruhr Valley in Germany." Historically, it was the largest steel producing region in the world (including all of Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania).
The local steel industry declined during the 1970s steel crisis. A notable plant closure occurred on September 19, 1977, when Youngstown Sheet and Tube abruptly closed its Campbell Works and furloughed 5,000 workers. Today the area produces little steel, and is home to many scrap metal yards and aluminum plants. A 2009 documentary titled "Steel Valley: Meltdown" describes "the past, present and future of the Mahoning Valley" through the eyes of local experts, including one local organizer who stated, "We are the first generation completely removed from the days when steel mills were active."
The Mahoning Valley Economic Development Corporation, founded in 1979, is active in economic revitalization and diversification. It owns two industrial parks, and has purchased local rail lines, including the Youngstown and Austintown Railroad and the Warren and Trumbull Railroad.
|2019 rank||City||County (state)||2019 estimate||2010 census||Change||Peak population (year)|
|1||Youngstown||Mahoning (OH)||65,469||66,982||−2.26%||170,002 (1930)|
|2||Warren||Trumbull (OH)||38,752||41,557||−6.75%||63,494 (1970)|
|3||Boardman||Mahoning (OH)||35,376||35,376||0.00%||39,161 (1980)|
|4||Austintown||Mahoning (OH)||29,677||29,677||0.00%||33,636 (1980)|
|5||Niles||Trumbull (OH)||18,176||19,266||−5.66%||23,072 (1980)|
|6||Hermitage||Mercer (PA)||15,471||16,365||−5.46%||16,365 (1980)|
|7||Sharon||Mercer (PA)||12,933||14,038||−7.87%||26,454 (1950)|
|8||Salem||Columbiana (OH)||11,612||12,303||−5.62%||14,186 (1970)|
|9||East Liverpool||Columbiana (OH)||10,603||11,195||−5.29%||26,243 (1970)|
|10||Struthers||Mahoning (OH)||10,111||10,713||−5.62%||15,631 (1960)|
Columbiana County (CSA)
Columbiana County (CSA)
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 602,978 people, 238,319 households, and 162,896 families residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA was 86.88% White, 10.78% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.55% from other races, and 1.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.70% of the population.
The median income for a household in the MSA was $36,071, and the median income for a family was $44,055. Males had a median income of $35,626 versus $23,186 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $18,547.
Main article: Youngstown, Ohio § Sports
|Mahoning Valley Scrappers||Baseball||New York–Penn League||Eastwood Field||Niles|
|Youngstown Phantoms||Ice hockey||United States Hockey League||Covelli Centre||Youngstown|
|Youngstown Nighthawks||Indoor soccer||Premier Arena Soccer League||Farmer Jim's Sports Complex||Cortland|
|Youngstown State University Penguins||various||NCAA (Horizon League, MVFC)||various, including Stambaugh Stadium||Youngstown|
NCAA Division I sports are played in the region, with Youngstown State University fielding eight men's and ten women's teams.
The Youngstown–Warren combined statistical area is made up of four counties – three in northeast Ohio and one in western Pennsylvania. The statistical area includes one metropolitan area and one micropolitan area. The Youngstown-Warren media market serves all three counties in the CSA, as well as the New Castle, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area.