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5 Things To Know About Living In Youngstown Ohio

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Youngstown Ohio is a city that is often slept on. Far from being the largest and most populated city in Ohio, Youngstown has a population of less than 70,000 people. However, despite being relatively small, Youngstown’s location makes it a place worth checking out if you’re thinking of moving to Ohio. Located about 60 miles from both Cleveland and Pittsburgh, Youngstown’s proximity to bigger cities is definitely appealing. On top of that, the city is home to a diverse group of people. Of course, if you’re looking for a fast-paced big city life, Youngstown Ohio might not be the place for you, and while the city does have other things to offer, there are some negatives as well. Here are 5 things you should know about living in Youngstown Ohio.

High crime rates

If there’s one thing Youngstown Ohio is known for, it’s high crime rates. The total number of crimes in Youngstown is higher than both the state and national averages. Whether you’re young, old, single, or have a family, there’s nothing appealing about living in a dangerous place.

Poor school system

If you have children, or are planning on having any, the quality of local schools is something that is probably pretty important to you. Unfortunately, the public schools in Youngstown Ohio aren’t very good. Although average school test scores in Youngstown are 1% higher than the national average, they are nearly 20% lower than the state average.

Minimal job opportunities

If you’re looking to get an amazing high paying job, then Youngstown Ohio probably is the place you want to go. Not only are there not very many job opportunities in the city, but jobs in Youngstown tend to pay less than they would in other cities. The income per capita in Youngstown is nearly 50% lower than the national average and the median household income is more than 50% lower than the national average.

Strong local culture

Youngstown may not have the best reputation, but that hasn’t stopped residents and natives from taking pride in their city. The people of Youngstown are also known for being friendly, which is a quality that is fairly common with midwestern cities.

Lots of amenities

Despite its negative qualities, Youngstown isn’t a boring place. While the things there are to do in Youngstown might not include wild parties and exciting night life, there are still plenty of activities for people of all ages to enjoy. Whether you like to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors or prefer to spend the day browsing a local museum, you’ll find something you like in Youngstown.

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Written by Camille Moore

Camille has a master's degree from Saint Joseph University's Writing Studies program. Her writing has been published on several websites, and she enjoys writing articles and short stories in her spare time. You can follow Camille on Twitter @CamealAshley.