Mahoning Valley
Youngstown–Warren–Boardman, OH–PA MSA
Youngstown–Warren, OH–PA CSA
—  CSA  —
Youngstown Metro Counties.PNG
Map of metro area (MSA in red, CSA in pink)
Nickname(s): Steel Valley
Country Flag of the United States.svg United States
States Flag of Ohio.svg Ohio
Flag of Pennsylvania.svg Pennsylvania
Largest city Youngstown
Elevation 660–3,001 ft (200–915 m)
Population (2012/2010)
 • Urban 602,964
 • MSA 565,773
 • CSA 715,039
  MSA/CSA = 2012,
Urban = 2010
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 16xxx to 44xx
Area code(s) 330, 234, 724

The Youngstown–Warren–Boardman metropolitan area, typically known as the Mahoning Valley or the Steel Valley, is a metropolitan area in Northeast Ohio in 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 2010 census, the MSA had a population of 565,773.

This area also has a strong commuter interchange with Cleveland and Pittsburgh and their metropolitan areas. It is located at the geographic center of the Rust Belt of the United States which stretches from Minneapolis in the west to Johnstown and Altoona in the east.

Steel industry history Edit

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.[1] 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."[2] The "25-mile stretch of steel mills and related industries" along the Mahoning River is similar to the Ruhr Valley in Germany."[2] 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.[3] Today the area produces little steel, and is home to many scrap metal yards and aluminum plants.[4] 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."[5]

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.[6]

Municipalities Edit

Largest municipalitiesEdit

2015 rank City County (State) 2015 estimate 2010 Census Change Highest Population (Year)
1 Youngstown Mahoning (OH) !D0033125317445 +3.64%[7] 170,002 (1930)
2 Warren Trumbull (OH) !D0034234330820 +3.26%[8] 63,494 (1970)
3 Boardman Mahoning (OH) Expression error: Missing operand for >.Expression error: Unexpected < operator.%</font>[9] 39,161 (1980)
4 Austintown Mahoning (OH) Expression error: Missing operand for >.Expression error: Unexpected < operator.%</font>[10] 33,636 (1980)
5 Alliance Stark and Mahoning (OH) !D0044140459541 +1.21%[11] 28,362 (1960)
6 Niles Trumbull (OH) !D0034120327751 +3.30%[12] 23,072 (1980)
7 Hermitage Mercer (PA) !D0047172665852 +0.89%[13] 16,365 (1980)
8 Sharon Mercer (PA) !D0033496091890 +3.51%[14] 26,454 (1950)
9 Salem Columbiana (OH) !D0036891294228 +2.50%[15] 14,186 (1970)
10 East Liverpool Columbiana (OH) !D0034364797051 +3.22%[15] 26,243 (1970)

Cities, villages, and boroughs Edit

Mahoning County

Trumbull County

Columbiana County (CSA)

Mercer County

Townships Edit

Mahoning County

Trumbull County

Columbiana County (CSA)

Mercer County

Demographics Edit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1940 473,605
1950 528,498 11.6%
1960 636,525 20.4%
1970 663,178 4.2%
1980 659,649 −0.5%
1990 613,622 −7.0%
2000 602,978 −1.7%
2010 565,773 −6.2%
Est. 2015 549,885 [16] −8.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[17]

As of the census[18] 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.


Mahoning Valley area teams
Club Sport League (Conf) Venue Location
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

College sportsEdit

NCAA Division I sports are played in the region, with Youngstown State University fielding eight men's and ten women's teams.

Combined statistical area Edit

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. As of the 2000 Census, the CSA had a population of 715,039 (though a July 1, 2009 estimate placed the population at 670,685).[19]

It is worth noting that the Youngstown-Warren media market serves all three counties in the CSA, as well as the New Castle, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ "Ohio: Rise and Fall of the Steel Industry in the Mahoning Valley". (Local Legacies: Celebrating Community Roots – Library of Congress). Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  2. ^ a b "Mahoning Valley". Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  3. ^ Christie, Les. "The incredible shrinking city". Retrieved 2004-04-24. 
  4. ^ Linkon, Sherry Lee; John Russo (2002). Steeltown U.S.A: work and memory in Youngstown. Lawrence, Kan.: University Press of Kansas. ISBN 978-0-7006-1161-4. 
  5. ^ Libecco, Katie (2009-09-19). "Local documentary gathers expert insight". Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  6. ^ "Mahoning Valley Economic Development Corporation – Revitalizing the Mahoning Valley". Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
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  9. ^ U.S. Decennial Census
  10. ^ "CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING (1790-2000)". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 8, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
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  15. ^ a b "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  16. ^ "US Census QuickFacts".,39155,39099,00. Retrieved July 3, 2016. 
  17. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved July 3, 2016. 
  18. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  19. ^ "Table 2. Annual Estimates of the Population of Combined Statistical Areas: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009 (CBSA-EST2009-02)" (CSV). 2009 Population Estimates. United States Census Bureau, Population Division. 2010-03-23. Retrieved 2010-03-30. 

Coordinates: 41°15′N 80°43′W / 41.25, -80.717


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