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Geography:

The Mahoning Valley and the City of Youngstown is located in between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, and is equal distance to New York City and Chicago via Interstate 80.  The Mahoning Valley is a Metropolitan Statistical Area in Northeast Ohio and Northwestern Pennsylvania compromised of Trumbull, Mahoning, and Columbiana counties in Ohio, and Mercer County in Pennsylvania. The Youngstown-Warren-Boardman metropolitan area in northeast Ohio plays a significant role within this area. The communities of this area are located within a 425 square mile border, strategically founded along the Mahoning River, 60 miles between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, and equal distance to New York City and Chicago via Interstate 80.

History:

The communities of this metropolitan area began its settlement in the late 1700’s, but its industrial history didn’t begin until the early 1800’s with the production of iron, and quickly followed by the steel industry in the 1890’s. These industrial companies played a huge role in providing materials during both world wars and due to this demand, people flocked to the counties in the pursuit of jobs. During the 1970’s, those booming businesses and communities came to a halt with the coming of the steel crisis. Thousands lost their jobs during this period and the area came to be a part of “The Rust Belt”. Now, those industries have been replaced with scrap metal yards and aluminum plants. The Mahoning County has made great strides towards the revitalization of the area and has succeeded in its past and current efforts to retain and attract new businesses, as well as a strong sense of community.

Population Size:

According to the U.S. Census Bureau of 2018, the estimated population in the metropolitan area of Mahoning county is 541,926. As of  2017, the population of the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman metropolitan area is made up of, 3.30% Hispanic or Latino, 0.19% American Indian/Alaskan Native Asian, 10.86% Black or African American, 0.01% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, 86.64% White, 0.68% Asian, 1.15% two or more races, and 0.47% other.

Key Sites:

●       Trumbull County, OH

○       Warren

●       Mahoning County, OH

○       Youngstown

●       Columbiana County, OH

○       Salem

●       Mercer County, PA

○       Hermitage

Landmarks:

●       Trumbull County, OH

○       Mosquito Lake / Mosquito Lake State Park

●       Mahoning County, OH

○       Mahoning River

○       Mill Creek Metro Parks

○       Butler Museum of American Art

○       Stambaugh Auditorium

○       DeYor Performing Arts Center

●       Columbiana County, OH

○       Centennial Park

●       Mercer County, PA

○       Mercer County Park

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