Youngstown is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the county seat of Mahoning County. The municipality is situated on the Mahoning River, approximately 65 miles (105 km) southeast of Cleveland and 61 miles (100 km) northwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Youngstown has its own metropolitan area, but is overlapped by Pittsburgh Tri-State and Greater Cleveland. Youngstown lies 10 miles (16 km) west of the Pennsylvania state line, midway between New York City and Chicago.

The city was named for John Young, an early settler from Whitestown, New York, who established the community’s first sawmill and gristmill. Youngstown is located in a region of the United States that is often referred to as the Rust Belt. Traditionally known as a center of steel production, Youngstown was forced to redefine itself when the U.S. steel industry fell into decline in the 1970s, leaving communities throughout the region without major industry. The 2000 census showed that Youngstown had a total population of 82,026, making it Ohio’s eighth largest city. A 2007 U.S. Census Bureau estimate released in July 2008 placed the population at 73,818.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2007 estimate, the Youngstown-Warren Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) contains 570,704 people and includes Mahoning and Trumbull counties in Ohio, and Mercer County in Pennsylvania. The Steel Valley area as a whole (including Youngstown-Warren and Sharon-Farrell-New Castle, Pennsylvania) comprises 679,402 residents.

Over the last two hundred years, the families who immigrated to the Youngstown area brought with them their rich ethnic backgrounds and a spirit of deep determination. Out of that they built a monumental community that reflects a reverence for their heritage and a profound hope for their future. Beautiful landmarks like the Butler Institute of American Art — the first museum in the country built to house American Art, the Mahoning Courthouse, Powers Auditorium and the city’s ornate churches are just a few examples of what resulted from their architectural labors of love. Youngstown’s beloved Mill Creek Park, unique festivals and distinct shopping areas are a testament to the community’s powerful commitment. Visit Youngstown today, and see why it is one of Ohio’s hottest cities and the perfect place for a getaway to Ohio, the Heart of it All!

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