Mahoning Valley

The Youngstown–Warren 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.

Mahoning Valley

Youngstown–Warren, OH–PA MSA
Youngstown–Warren, OH–PA CSA
Map of metro area (MSA in red, CSA in pink)
Steel Valley
Country United States
States Ohio
Largest cityYoungstown
660–3,001 ft (200–915 m)
 MSA/CSA = 2012,
Urban = 2010
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
  Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
16xxx to 44xx
Area code(s)330, 234, 724

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

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]


Largest municipalities

2017 rank City County (State) 2017 estimate 2010 Census Change Peak Population (Year)
1 Youngstown Mahoning (OH) 64,604 66,982 −3.55%[7] 170,002 (1930)
2 Warren Trumbull (OH) 39,562 41,557 −4.80%[7] 63,494 (1970)
3 Boardman Mahoning (OH) 35,376 35,376 0.00%[8] 39,161 (1980)
4 Austintown Mahoning (OH) 29,677 29,677 0.00%[9] 33,636 (1980)
5 Niles Trumbull (OH) 18,473 19,266 −4.12%[7] 23,072 (1980)
6 Hermitage Mercer (PA) 15,867 16,365 −3.04%[7] 16,365 (1980)
7 Sharon Mercer (PA) 13,405 14,038 −4.51%[7] 26,454 (1950)
8 Salem Columbiana (OH) 11,782 12,303 −4.23%[10] 14,186 (1970)
9 East Liverpool Columbiana (OH) 10,691 11,195 −4.50%[10] 26,243 (1970)
10 Struthers Mahoning (OH) 10,254 10,713 −4.28%[7] 15,631 (1960)

Cities, villages, and boroughs



Historical population
Est. 2015549,885[11]−2.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]

As of the census[13] 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 sports

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

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"Table 2. Annual Estimates of the Population of Combined Statistical Areas: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009 (CBSA-EST2009-02)". 2009 Population Estimates. United States Census Bureau, Population Division. 2010-03-23. Archived from the original (CSV) on April 20, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-30.</ref>

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


  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. "Mahoning Valley". Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission. Archived from the original on 2014-03-15. 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.
  7. "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Struthers city, Ohio; Hermitage city, Pennsylvania; Sharon city, Pennsylvania; Niles city, Ohio; Warren city, Ohio; Youngstown city, Ohio". Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  8. "Decennials - Census of Population and Housing". 8 February 2006. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  9. "CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING (1790-2000)". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 8, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
  10. "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Archived from the original on June 2, 2016. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  11. "US Census QuickFacts". Retrieved July 3, 2016.
  12. United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved July 3, 2016.
  13. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

Further reading

  • Blue, Frederick J.; Jenkins, William D.; Lawson, William H.; Reedy, Joan M. (1995). Mahoning Memories: A History of Youngstown and Mahoning County. Virginia Beach, VA: The Donning Company. ISBN 0-89865-944-2.
  • Ruminski, Clayton J. Iron Valley: The Transformation of the Iron Industry in Ohio’s Mahoning Valley, 1802—1913 (Ohio State University Press, 2017).

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