What's it like to live in Youngstown, OH?

Beth Ann Tabak

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Beth Ann Tabak

Located halfway between Pittsburgh and Cleveland, Youngstown is still reflective of the steel industry's collapse in the 1970s. But this Rust Belt city is in the midst of a cultural and economic renaissance that combines rich historical tradition with the zeal of a new generation.

The area is seeing a resurgence of business in its once-empty downtown area, including restaurants, bars, galleries and local shops, while organizations like the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation seek to shore up the urban neighborhoods. The strong work ethic the region is known for is helping to make the revival happen.

Typical of most Midwestern cities, Youngstown's residents are friendly and regularly gather to celebrate their community. The downtown area is surrounded by farmland, and residents enjoy shopping at local farms and Amish markets.


U.S. News analyzed 150 metro areas in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each metro area, as well as the value of living there and people's desire to live there.

Youngstown, Ohio is ranked:

#128 in Best Places to Live

#115 in Best Places to Retire

#6 in Best Places to Live in Ohio

#15 in Cheapest Places to Live




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Youngstown, OH Quick Stats

  • 545,488

    Metro Population

  • $42,070

    Average Annual Salary

  • 58.3° / 39.7°

    Avg High/Low Temps

  • 44.0

    Median Age

  • $92,317

    Median Home Price

  • 38.9 inches

    AVG Annual Rainfall

  • 5.7%

    Unemployment Rate

  • $667

    Median Monthly Rent

  • 22.1 minutes

    Avg Commute Time

What is there to do in Youngstown, OH?

The Mill Creek MetroParks includes 4,400 acres of lakes, hiking trails, bike trails, historic sites, golf courses and more found all throughout the metro area.

Those who don't relish the outdoors can find plenty of arts and culture in Youngstown. The Butler Institute of American Art houses more than 20,000 works spanning multiple centuries. The DeYor Performing Arts Center, home of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, hosts a variety of recitals, ballets, musical performances and comedic acts throughout the year. Stambaugh Auditorium, located in the historic Wick Park district, is home to the Opera Western Reserve, Youngstown's own opera company.

The Covelli Centre overlooking the Mahoning River serves as a venue for national recording artists and major acts, and it's home to the Youngstown Phantoms, a Tier I junior ice hockey team that plays in the United States Hockey League. The Youngstown area also is home to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers minor league baseball team, which is associated with the Cleveland Indians MLB team.

Youngstown has seen an increase of wineries, craft breweries and distilleries in recent years, and residents enjoy eating at the many restaurants downtown and throughout the suburbs. 

A favorite local event is the Canfield Fair. As the largest county fair in Ohio, this nearly 175-year-old tradition celebrates the rural roots of the area that have transitioned over time. It welcomes nearly 400,000 people through its gates each year for tractor pulls, livestock displays, live entertainment and authentic fair food. Artists and entertainers who have performed at the Canfield Fair over the years include Johnny Cash, Bob Hope, Kenny Rogers, The Beach Boys, Willie Nelson and The Band Perry.

What's the cost of living in Youngstown, OH?

Compared to other metro areas of similar size, the cost of living in Youngstown is much lower. Home costs, utilities, food expenses and medical costs all fall well below the national average.

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Value Index

Index Score: 7.9 /10

How we calculate this.

Youngstown offers a better value than similarly sized metro areas when you compare housing costs to median household income.

Housing Costs 2019



Housing Costs Over Time

Data sourced from Zillow median home sale price data series. Additional data provided by the Austin Board of Realtors, Houston Association of Realtors, Intermountain MLS, Omaha Area Board of Realtors, San Antonio Board of Realtors, and the Salt Lake Board of Realtors.

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What's the weather like in Youngstown, OH?

Youngstown's winters can be brutal, with temperatures frequently dipping below freezing and lake-effect snow rolling in from Lake Erie. However, spring, summer and fall are generally pleasant.

Seasonal Temperature (Avgs)









Seasonal Rainfall (Avgs)

3.0 in


3.8 in


4.3 in


3.8 in


Monthly High and Low Temperatures (°F)

Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center.

What's the best way to get around Youngstown, OH?

The Western Reserve Transit Authority provides bus routes throughout the city proper, but few of the routes lead to the suburbs where most of the area's population resides. Most Youngstown residents rely on their cars to get around, which leads to high congestion at times in outlying areas such as Boardman, Poland and Canfield.

The Pittsburgh International Airport, Akron-Canton Airport and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport all lie within 90 minutes' driving distance of downtown Youngstown. The Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport offers private charter flights. The area is also serviced by Greyhound buses. Amtrak customers have to pick up the train in either Alliance, Ohio, or Pittsburgh, the two closest stations. 

Commuting in Youngstown, OH

Means of Transportation
Above national average

Equal to national average

Equal to national average

Public Transit
Below national average
Average Commute Time

22.1 minutes

4.5 minutes less than national average

Average Commute Times by Zip Code

Data sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey.

Who lives in Youngstown, OH?

Youngstown State University has an annual enrollment of about 12,000 students, who bring an influx of youth to the area. Still, the community skews older. About a fifth of the population is 65 or older. There are a good number of families with children among the households in the area due in part to the respectable school systems and low cost of living. The majority of residents in the Youngstown metro area who identify as religious are Catholic.

Age Distribution

Marital Status Breakdown

About the same number of single people in Youngstown as national average

Data sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey.