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Jessi, Other/Just Looking in Portland, OR

is youngstown, ohio a good place to live, considering the crime rates, economy and such?

Asked by Jessi, Portland, OR Mon Jan 14, 2008

moving to youngstown, but i want to move to a place i can raise children and not have to worry about someone breaking inot my home or car 7 night a week

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We were just in youngstown recently and crime is bad! I would never raise a family in the youngstown area. The police are never around when you need them because they are too scared to come around. Fights break out on the sides of the streets, guns firing in the distance....... it's horrible!! Please, if you want to stay safe and not get robbed, raped, grand theft auto, vandalism, killed, DONT COME HERE!!! :(
4 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 16, 2010
I currently live in Youngstown (extreme upper southside/Pleasant Grove neighborhood) and have for most of my life. I recently bought a new home in the suburb of Boardman. I am sad to say that I don't agree with the previous posters who say that crime is "overrated" in Youngstown. If you are considering moving to Youngstown proper -- as a place to raise a family -- I would reconsider one of the surrounding areas instead. Great options include: Austintown, Canfield, Boardman, Poland, North Lima and Springfield -- all of which reap the benefits of affordable housing but without the worries about crime and schools. No matter how anyone wants to sugarcoat it in an effort to save the city of Youngstown -- the truth is the schools are terrible (and dangerous) and there is a lot of crime. Sure, there are areas of Youngstown that are nicer than others -- such as the Cornersburg/West side area, the Newport Glenn historic area (which is actually Boardman) and until recently the Pleasant Grove area -- but they are still surrounded by unsafe and crime infested areas that continue to creep.

I hope that this helps you with your question.
3 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 15, 2008
They say OHIO is the heart of USA and if this is true then Youngstown could only be the Armpit, i Moved out when i was 20 years old in 1980 and was amazed how the rest of the states live. What a culture shock. I would never even consider moving back.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 11, 2011
Been near Youngstown 46 years and in Boardman most of that time. Also worked closely with the PD many years. The facts by a couple people are pretty sad and in fact the guy from the Carolinians was probably run out of Youngstown some years ago when the FBI was forced to lock up or move out some people who felt they could do whatever they wanted. Crime is here yes but no worse than most other areas. So called shootings, carjacking and robberies are 99% of the time people looking for drugs or prostitutes. Getting rolled as it’s called and then all of a sudden to protect their image and their family they were just stopped at a red light not trying to pick up a $2 druggie. I believe Rich said it best you never get the true story till the next day and the media never reports it. In my years working with the PD I honestly only recall 1 carjacking that was not drug or prostitute related. Play with the scum you will get burnt. We also have not locked our doors in 13 years, should we yes but do we know because it is very safe. Kids play out at night in the summer no problem. Now yes there are bad areas but be fool enough to go into them and you deserve what you get. EVERY city, area has those areas. Look, Youngstown was just featured in Inc. magazine May 2010 as a top technology center. V&M steel just started a BILLION dollar expansion with hundreds of jobs. GM added a 3rd shift to its plant bringing in over 900 workers. One of only a couple that will be running 3 shifts. WHY would these Billion dollar complains invest so much into a crime ridden area. Housing is so affordable it’s crazy. $100,000 house here is $300,000 elsewhere. You are an hour from Cleve. / Pittsburgh. The area has the largest retail development in the US with a Mall, outparcels, a baseball stadium and more. Larger than the Mall of America in square feet. We have Mill Creek Park, Covelli Center with BIG name performers coming and a new happening downtown, the suburbs, golf everywhere and the best ethnic foods in the world. The 3rd largest county fair in the country, God I can go on forever. Yes there are some bad things but the good outweighs the bad way too much. That Victor and jojo56 when you figure out what you are talking about stop by BUT PLEASE just visit, there is no room for people like you! The Mahoning Valley is GREAT AND ALIVE!!!
2 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 17, 2010
That is inaccurate information. Truth be told, youngstown is a larger area than boardman, canfield and poland and austintown combined. Most of the crime is designated to specific areas. Also, the media somewhat "steers" or misleads certain criminal issues. Just 2 days ago I seen an example, someone claimed to get shot in the leg, by a drive buy shooter on Prestwick in Boardman(near youngstown). The news never updates the events. Truth be told, this character was not walking down Prestwick. Nor was he an "innocent victim". Boardman police never filed such an incident. That "victim" if you will, simply picked that street name out of a hat. They picked this gentleman up at his house on Avondale(no where near Prestwick). That exact type of incident occurs probably once a day. My favorite is the "stolen vehicle reports". What they never tell you is statistically 99.9% of those are reports that are later converted to unauthorized use of a vehicle...maybe a girlfriend runs off with her jealous boy friends car. Kids take off with Dad's car and don't come home for a day or 2. I work closely with the city and I get to see the follow ups every day. Rarely are there any "CREEPY CRIMINALS"...LIKE WHAT YOU SEE ON TV.HAHA. There's nobody peaking in windows. No crook in Y-Town would dare rob someone they didn't know. They are harmless.All of those criminal reports in youngstown.......and not 1 single random act. I know people who live down near crandall park and are totally renovating a home they bought. They said "They feel 100% safe".
2 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 9, 2008
Moved to Austintown almost 8 years ago. I own a house key, but never use it. Don't even lock my car in my driveway. Crime is definitely predictable in certain areas, but for the most part, I feel completely safe...even go downtown by myself and walk to different businesses without concern. The people here are among the most generous, caring and loving people I've ever known. Incredible sense of community....Move here and love it!
2 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 28, 2008
Crime in the Youngstown area is concentrated in certain areas. They don't report that part in the news at all. I live in Youngstown proper, on the west side, and we have no problems. The suburban communities, such as Boardman, Austintown, McDonald, etc., are all great communities. Very family-oriented, strong family values. It's a great community. I lived in Boardman and kept my door unlocked most of the time. Never had a problem.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 27, 2008
Youngstown is extremely unsafe. This map will help you find a decent area in the suburbs:
https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/ONpGT1uJGNonqjXS8IKp8t…
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 5, 2011
I had to laugh when I read glowing reviews like the one from Rich. Then, I saw he's a realtor / home inspector...shocking that he'd be pro-Ytown. Dude you should either be ashamed of yourself for trying to pull the wool over people's eyes, or you need to leave Ytown and see what the real world has to offer. Y-Town = High crime, shrinking population, high unemployment. This is not an 'opinion' like the 'greatest place on earth reviewers' - these are just the facts. Do your research - don't let people sugar coat the facts to you.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 13, 2011
The school system isn't that great, but there are a lot of people dedicated to trying to make it better for the students that attend. Is there crime......is the ocean deep! Yes of course there is crime....but there is crime everywhere. I feel really bad for people who live in fear the way some of the respondents to this question do. We all have the ability to make life what we want. The area is depressing...so your depressed...I guess. Maybe if you had a better outlook on things it would get better for you. I wasn't born in Youngstown, but I grew up here. I can't remember too many random acts of violence. If you sleep with a shotgun it is not because you live in Youngstown, it is because you keep bad company. I'm not saying rush out and buy a house here, but please take into consideration that there are a lot of hard working, honest people in the city that hate the things that go on just as much as anyone else. And no the media may not be over-exaggerating about a few things, but seriously do you really think this place has nothing to offer and that nothing good EVER happens here? I get tired of hearing people cry about Youngstown being such a hell hole.......you are free to leave and take your piss poor attitude with you! The residents of the city would be glad if some people with vision and hope came to the area instead of being filled with and surrounded by doom and gloom talkers. Geez.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 26, 2011
Youngstown is in decline. The deterioration will only continue to spread out through the suburbs. The Cleveland through Pittsburgh corridor is at the heart of the rust belt and has little prospect for economic revitalization. You can get a good deal on property, for good reason. You have to ask yourself, do I want to raise my children in this environment. It may help you make a decision just by driving through what used to be the downtown area of Youngstown. Visit the mall in Boardman. This was once the showcase of the metropolitan area. Then look at the statistics on the school performance in Boardman, Poland, Canfield and other suburban areas. If you buy, you most likely will not recoup your investment. These housing prices will continue their downward spiral. The only place in Ohio that is a safe investment is Columbus and that is not without its risk. It's like Springsteen said, "These jobs are going boys and they ain't coming back."
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 23, 2011
Anyone who has lived here knows the truth!! It is truly evil and ruthless.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 26, 2010
what so bad abouth youngstown i live in philly it not safe hear at all...
Flag Tue Dec 25, 2012
Jessi-
Hopefully you were just curious and were not really considering moving to Youngstown, Ohio and if so why Youngstown? It seems so random. Portland to Youngstown - you'll suffer major culture shock. Wait is crime a culture? In Youngstown it is!! Anyway, just reread what Victor said from Carolina, so on point that it made me laugh to tears. There are pretty places in Ohio but Youngstown is not one of them. I graduated from YSU and left for Florida in '99. Unfortunately, circumstances beyond my control brought me back to Campbell(really just a different name for the Eastside of Y-town). All I can say is I spend a considerable amount of my time day dreaming about leaving for something better. I found it very odd to that the responder's who are singing Y-town's praises are living in Boardman. How stupid! Yes, Boardman and Poland look like Emerald Cities when compared to depressed Youngstown but even they don't offer much. Youngstown is for geriatrics!! I was living in Florida and never saw so many old, boring people there as I do here. There is no fun here, no jobs, the weather is brutal,and there is a distinct chance you will be a victim of a crime. I was robbed at gun point at the BK on 422 when I was working there and that was in the early 90's. More recently (within the last month) an elderly man and his wife were shot at because the car they were driving looked like a rival gang member's. Point: Youngstown should just be called crimetown. I guess if you enjoy living in hell, are comfortable with danger and like to be depressed then Youngstown is the place for you.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 25, 2010
I live in Youngstown, on the West Side. I grew up in Poland (a well-to-do suburb) and prefer Youngstown because it's more real, more three-dimensional, and has more character. I don't have children but if I did they would absolutely not attend Youngstown City Schools. The district has good intentions but the problems they have to deal with are just too big to provide a quality education at this point. There are other options, including many Catholic schools, Youngstown Christian School, a Montessori school, and probably many other good private school options. Also, my understanding is that there is a school choice program that allows residents of any town/city to send their kids to any other city/town's public schools, as long as they are willing to transport them themselves.

I am a single young white woman and I am not afraid of crime here. I don't go for walks after dark but I feel safe enough in any part of town during the day and, actually, most areas at night as well. Random crime is as rare here as anywhere: most of the crime is domestic and business-related. (Just don't rip off a drug customer or hang out with her boyfriend and you shouldn't have any trouble.) If you want to avoid break-ins, just choose a neighborhood where you don't find iron-barred windows.

The great things about Youngstown: Mill Creek Park, Handel's Ice Cream, friendly people (hey, you get both kinds everywhere), low cost of living, great Italian food, ethnic festivals all summer long, etc., etc. Life here, as anywhere, is what you make it.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 5, 2010
Be honest with the lady please. Here it is by the number.
2009: 23 murders; 62 rapes; 276 robberies; 372 assaults

With a crime rate of 65 per one thousand residents, Youngstown has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes - from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 15. Within Ohio, more than 90% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Youngstown. The violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes (both large and small). Violent offenses tracked included forcible rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon. According to analysis of FBI reported crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of one of these crimes in Youngstown is one in 112.

The National Median for violent crime is 4.7 per 100,000. For Youngstown it is 8.94!
While it may be slowly improving (murders down from 28 in 2008 and way down from the 42 in 2007) It still has a long way to go! If you have to move to the Youngstown area, stick to the suburbs. Boardman and Canfield are good, but usually a little more pricey. Austintown or Weathersfield are cheaper with easy freeway access to get you to downtown quickly if you work there. And if you have to live in the city..stick to the West Side!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat May 22, 2010
Oh boy, living in a very nice suburb of Cleveland and moving to Youngstown, I saw these stats, and laughed. There are weeks in Cleveland with 23 murders. In Cleveland proper, there are no areas as safe as the worst neighborhoods in Youngstown. I am moving into an area where people had those inflatable Christmas decorations in their yards - they wouldn't last an hour in most of Cleveland.
Flag Fri Feb 1, 2013
if you want to learn anything about youngstown ohio listen to the song "lull of youngstown" by miranda sound. but i live in youngstown and allthough i too lived in austintown and never had to lock my doors, dont let these others fool you...in youngstown you are up 3 or 4 times a night making sure your doors are still locked and you have no other "guests" in your home. the cops are just as crooked as the thieves and they dont take your word as a tax paying citizen. God forbid if they have to write a report for an incident...they would rather take the word of the trespasser than the word of the home owner/renter.
i would suggest if you are looking for somewhere to live in ohio especially youngstown, to look no closer than the state of tennessee...where diversity is a "four letter word"...
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 9, 2008
Is the southside Indian village neighborhood a safe area?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 30, 2014
I lived in youngstown for 5 years
And there was to many crimes just last night a girl was found dead at compass west
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 28, 2014
I lived in youngstown for 5 years
And there was to many crimes just last night a girl was found dead at compass west
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 28, 2014
I lived in youngstown for 5 years
And there was to many crimes just last night a girl was found dead at compass west
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 28, 2014
It all depends on the area. I would call a Realtor and ask about home values and there are many sites online that report crime. You may also want to check with the local police department.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 5, 2014
no because is boring and there isnt nothing to do and yes they will break in your home and cars
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 28, 2014
WOW, and i was actually thinking of moving me and my children to Ytown...i grew up not far from there and have done many things in Ytown....i moved above columbus in the country and was actually thinking about Ytown BUT NOT NOW...
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 18, 2013
did u find a place to live yet i wish i would have seen this go to lake milton ohio i was born and raised there it is a state park i love it sooo much i sleep with my doors open we have a little crime like kids taking bikes but thats it nothing serious just lock ur bikes down and i saw the kids that took y bike i went up to em and said give me back my bike or i will come to ur home and tell ur mother and he gave me back my bike it is safe here and i had to move but i regret it every day i miss my home
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 18, 2012
I wonder if Jessi from Portland, Oregon who posted the original question in 2008 moved to Y-town? Her question inspired such vitriolic responses over the years, it represents the hopes and pain of the people trapped in an area they cannot or will not leave. I have a friend that lives on Bears Den Road. I hope she is safe and doing well.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 6, 2012
@ Loving It In Y-town That map seems to have you very bothered. Is it because you lack any genuine creative ability, or is it because the truth hurts your "rosy scenario" propaganda you disseminate to the"sheeple?" Someone would have to be high on drugs to believe that Youngstown or Mahoning County is desirable in any way. By restricting agents' ability to convey the truth about neighborhoods is a clear violation of their freedom of speech rights. Of course, you don't believe in constitutional rights, only the "right" of real estate con artists to overvalue properties, commit mortgage fraud, and leave the victims saddled in debt. This lack of independent insight into the true values of properties played a major role in the bank crises. Agents and brokers only said positive things about properties in high-risk locations, the negatives truths were concealed. As a result, over-appraisals were generated, mortgage lenders were defrauded, and the fed had to bail out the banks. ALL BECAUSE OF PEOPLE LIKE YOU! Then when the truth is presented to these maggots, they clamor for censorship! Well the truth is out-ghetto areas are ghetto areas, not overvalued "desirable" communities.
The public can choose to listen to the real estate con-artists, with their one-sided censored opinion that is invariably "rosy," or they can hear the truth. Everything is and has been overvalued and over-appraised.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Dec 11, 2011
@ Loving It In Y-town Listen here, you FOOL, you might be able to pass your BS off to the public, but you have no clue whom you are talking to. Public records are public domain, and that map represents the absolute truth regarding the real estate situation in Mahoning County. Youngstown and surrounding areas are either GHETTO, NEAR GHETTO, DRUG AREA, OR SAFE. You are so stupid that you don't even know that public records are in the public domain. Keep on trying to pass your BS propaganda off to those that you consider to be sheeple. I can't help it that you are a clueless con artist. I have been a real estate expert for many years, albeit an honest one.
The Youngstown / Mahoning Valley is a huge ghetto, and is filled with con artist real estate agents and brokers who continue to paint a false picture of how nice it is, but everyone knows what a crime-infested ghetto it is. Anyone who "loves in in Y-town" needs to have their head examined. Stick to playing the fools, sucker, because you will never play me!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Dec 11, 2011
Hey bigjimbon a map does not have to and only about 50% do have copyright printed on them. Just like a newspaper story, a photograph or a map that is put together THEY ARE COPYRIGHTED, again it seems one of these talk show know it alls has once again shown his ignorance. nd you will see how poorly educated I am. Read the laws on this aYou cannot reprint the map in whole or deface it and reprint it fool. As for one of those people that sell house for $150 that are worth $50 you again show your lack of inteligence. Con artis, poorly educated is that all you can do is put someone down. Feel that bad about yourself or where and how you live. GROW UP. I am glad you now know what an agent and broker is so we have made progress here and it was worth it because tomorrow you can get on the radio and show the people what you learned. Stick with what you know, don't pass yourself off as an "REAL ESTATE PRO" when you are far from that.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Dec 11, 2011
Wrong again, Loving It In Y-town. That map is PUBLIC DOMAIN, I have the complete original. It has no copyright marks of any sort, only a disclaimer that the data was prepared in-house. You are obviously not very intelligent. Mahoning County has it's own GIS department, and all of the data it disseminates is a PUBLIC RECORD. Mahoning County does not contract-out for map making, only printing. I have no time to argue with you, as you obviously are a poorly-educated con artist who tries to sell $50K house for $150K and commit mortgage fraud. I suggest that instead of trying to knock my sound advice, you download a map from Mahoning GIS and alter it to your liking, or should I say wishful thinking.
This just serves to prove my point that the Mahoning Valley is full of con-artist real estate agents and brokers, who overvalue and overprice all of their listings. The extremely high rate of foreclosures in Mahoning County serve as proof of this. Half of these husters have no clue of the law or freedom of speech.
Just as you are free to defraud the people by painting a rosy picture, I have the freedom to tell the truth about this region.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Dec 10, 2011
Hey jimbob if you are a true broker thats even worse, the people that sell houses are agents, brokers own or hold the license for the agency. Get that straight first ace. Second, the map can be anywhere, it is still copyrighted and by you changing it in the assine way and then publishing it does hold you liable by the company that produced it. The county uses it because they pay for the right. Lastly, you would know it is illegal for a true agent to say anything about an area even if asked. They could say if they would live there or not but they could never say an area is ghetto or the other crap you say. So before you pass yourself off as an expert or real estate pro know a little about what you speak about. Then and only then could you have some creditability. Also it would also be nice if you take a more positive adittude on the area nad yourself. Negative people ANYWHERE are always so depressing.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Dec 10, 2011
@ Loving It In Y-town First off, that map is the PUBLIC map as downloaded from the Mahoning County Engineer's website. Second, I stand behind the opinions that the map disseminates. Keep on trying to play the people like sheeple is what the crooked brokers in Mahoning County do. I suggest that you select a broker outside of the Mahoning Valley if you truly want independent advice. 95%+ of the Mahoning Valley brokers will paint a "glorious" picture of the Youngstown area, but let the truth be known that most of it is an unsafe GHETTO area.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Dec 10, 2011
People like Jimbob that claim they are real estate agents and publish a map like he did are plain idiots PLUS they are stealing a copy righted map without permission and should remove it. Any agent that would put out crap like that, true or not true has some issues and should think about his life before he does stuff like this
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 5, 2011
So WELL SAID "Dpatryce36" Its sad people that do not even live here have comments and know so much about the city and the burbs. This Buckeyebeaver is a a$$. You hit it on the nose, you sleep with a gun because of who you run with and it will chatch up to you. Have an 84 year old uncle, lives on south side and still does all his stuff each day outside and in. Its a great place, espessally the burbs for inexpensive housing and low cost of living. Thats why so many pilots from Pittsburgh buy in the burbs and drive to work each day.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 27, 2011
"These jobs are going boys and they ain't coming back."
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 24, 2011
WOW great answer Buckeyebeavercreek. Only thing is you are so wrong but thats easy to see why, you live in AL. Been here 27 years, IN BOARDMAN. Schools, ALL 7 in Boardman just got voted Schools of Excellance" in Ohio. The whole district got that award, not many districts have all their schools from elementary to high school get it. Last I also looked Poland and Canfield were in the same position, Schools of Excelance. As for the mall its still a meca of wealth and growth. A few empty spots every once in a while like all malls today but quickly filled. Nicest thing I can say is your a fool to say crap like that and not know what you are saying. Houses are a steal here and cost of living is great. You would be a fool not to buy in the burbs of Youngstown but of course I would not buy in the city. (sorry on spelling I went fast with this because that stupid answer got to me, stay in AL and answer about that town but not one you know nothing about)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 23, 2011
look also into the Salem area, small town next to no crime. Nice atmosphere to raise kids in.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 5, 2011
I am a youngstown ohio born teen there is nothing wrong with youngstown live anywhere else and it will be the same maybe not the way you see it yes i will say that the ycsd is not the best but they do try as well as the ypd ok i have always lived here and would stay here if i had a choice to move because i am used to what its like and as long as you dont mess with the little kids you will be fine. P.s not all schools are bad look up Youngstown Early College!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 13, 2011
some of this information about 'creepy criminals' or police that don't care iss completely irrational and unfair to say when half of you have never lived or seen the parts of y-town that i have seen and been in. yes there is crime but there is crime wherever you go throughout the world. y-town is not a bad place it just recieves a bad name whenever it is brought up about crime. so no youngstown is not the greatest place in the world but i live here and love it!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 16, 2010
My heart is broken because of Youngstown . Please save yourself before you live in there. People will try to kill you for no reason at all. No jobs= crime=poverty=you living in corruption. Stay away from black hearts . Their soul belongs to the devil. I pray that people that have hurt me will pay . Why should you have to go through pain like everyone else. There are are much more beautiful places to live other then lies of devil who owns Youngstown. To many cops that can't get the job done. They don't save you so get a gun and save yourself. God will forgive you. Try Austin Texas . Get pulled over with a gun they will not take it away. Shoot deer all you want . Freedom :) God Bless America.. Please Kill communist in Youngstown ., Ohio!!!!!!! You have a right to live your life!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 26, 2010
Head out to the "burbs" my friend..."Youngstown" proper is a hole...and no matter what other people say here to make it sound "safe" you are better off keeping clear of this place when the lights go down. Youngstown has always been bad...I lived in the area a few years back and I would not only be checking my doors and windows to ensure they are locked and secure, but making sure I had a loaded 12 gauge pump at the ready for any "visitors" that decided they wanted to own what I owned.

Crime in this area is not only the poor areas...there is also an "organized" crime element that is linked to "other organized" crime elements in this nation...Youngstown even make "City Confidential" on more than one occasion...watch those episodes and see what you think about the area.

Now...when you head out of Youngstown and hit areas like Poland, you find some beautiful little burbs. Drive a few miles and you are out in the country...there are great places to raise your family. Just beware of what can spill over from "downtown"...when animals can't find prey close to home...sometimes they will travel a bit.

(And by the way Jessi...stay in Portland, OR...that is one of the most beautiful places in the USA to live...why leave????)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 25, 2010
Crime can happen any where you live.these are cities around youngstown,ohio:Campbell,Boardman,austintown,canfield,Struthers,poland,New middletown,What type of car do you have.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 14, 2010
To all these people saying that the media doesn't report everything accurately, I agree. But guess what...???? The media doesn't report anything accurately in any city!!!! And Youngstown in no different, so why should I believe this city is not any worse than what is proven? Does the media have some weird hateful bias against Youngstown? Of course they don't, there coverage is the same as any other city in America and can not be 100% accurate. It seems it is you that has the bias. Hands down Youngstown is a crime ridden city, there is no conspiracy theory here against Youngstown, it's the facts. Thats fine if you live there and like it, but quit trying to make excuses like the media is making things up, it happens in every city, not just yours.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 1, 2010
I plan on moving back to the Youngstown area when I retire. I grew up in Y-town and I can buy a home for about 1/3 of the price that I can where I live now… that will go a long way when you are retired and on a fixed income. I know many of my friends that are also planning to move back to Youngstown when they retire. As long as the cost of living stays low the Y-town area will see many retiring baby boomers returning back home.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 27, 2010
Again I have to say good thing you moved away Tim because it is SO UNFAIR experts like yourself have all this info. There is not one street, even the bad ones, that an ambulance is not aloud to go. How do i know this my good friend runs one of the top 2 companies in the area and after I read you comment I called him. All he did was laugh. It all goes to the fact did you ever read in the paper the day that Main Street or whatever name you come up with didn't have a shooting. No its not news nor do you read each day that Main Street had a shooting. Again I will say, There are bad areas, controlled by little groups that call themselves gangs. Police hate the heck out of them because they are worthless punks but it is far and inbetween. Real estate agents or not there is not one that would steer you to a bad area. The sad fact is Youngstown or any other city today has bad areas. When I was a kid there were no fears anywhere. Now you see it in upscale neighborhoods, middle class, blue collar areas or anywhere people are afraid. Its darn sad we live like this but its not just Youngstown it is Anderson, IN also. The difference today is we must be smarter and be careful, years ago you did not need to worry. You know I always laugh about the East side, there are a few bad streets but most of the East side is countryist (if thats a word) and has no home nothing. Check it out on google maps.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 20, 2010
Jessi I thankfully moved away from Youngstown 5 years ago. And while things may be slowly improving slightly, the fact that unemployment in the area is still over 14%! Should give you a clue. The suburbs are much safer, with much less crime. And while real estate agents may say over and over again. That crime is limited to certain areas. What they aren't saying is those areas are...The North Side, The East Side, The South Side, and MillCreek Park! Millcreek Park has been a favorite spot for drug traffickers for over 20 years! I used to live on the South Side for 2 years. And while it's true, in that 2 years. There was only 1 murder on my street. You could hear the gunshots atleast every other night during the summer from neighboring streets. Thats how the South Side is. Nice street, nice street...gang controlled street. There are in fact, large areas of Youngstown where ambulances are forbidden to go without police escort because they were being called in false emergencies so the thugs could rob the drugs from the ambulances!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 20, 2010
I grew up in Y-town and left in the mid 80's. I have traveled too many places in my life and couldn't wait to leave the area. It's just my opinion but I wouldn't raise a dog in all of Youngstown or surrounding areas. Let's look at the positives : Living costs are cheap. Now let's look at the negatives: weather sucks, people are nasty with bad attitudes and think your always trying to get over on them, schools suck, roads suck, crime is rampant and whoever doesn't believe that has never lived outside of the area, shopping sucks, salt usage on winter roads eats the crap out of your car, and the list goes on. I have a suggestion for anybody considering living in this hellhole, don't do it. Until you've been robbed or shot at, you are clueless. Save your money, family and life, move somewhere warm....
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 18, 2010
all yall boardman cats is trippin man i live on the eastside in the lincoln knolls
and i can leave my door wide open and sleep all day without a prob if i have kids and i live
out here i would be 90 percent sure that their safe its just the people u hang around its crime\every where
whre ever somebody bring it or u jus dont really hear about things in hubbard o board man but back to the point
im 16 years old and i stayed hear my whole life had no prob 1 person i knew got killed out here in a while
(demar Flores) and thts bcuz some shisty cats tried to rob'em and took his life 4 no reason but yea if u goin b scared in the yo minus well be scared every where else same thing can happen der
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 1, 2010
Your comment speaks volumes about Youngstown's education system.
Flag Tue Jan 7, 2014
The crime aspect in youngstown is way over rated as far as I'm concerned. I live in the historic district in Boardman, right near youngstown border. I have had not a single problem in 4 years. We have children and I am not the slightest bit concerned. Make no mistake, there are a few small isolated areas on the east side where I wouldnt even drive through.....but my opinion as a life long Boardman-Youngstown resident. "Crime is way over rated"
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 18, 2008
What about the University area. It's a shame to see a good school in a terrible area. I can not even consider encouraging a student to consider YSU. If you were taking a night class, it wouldn't be safe to go to your car after class. I think that Detroit, Cleveland, Toledo and Youngstown should take a look at the proactive approach that Pittsburgh has used such as breaking out the bulldozer. It's unfortunate that more cities in Ohio didn't invest in R & D and logistics combined with partnerships with their universities like Columbus did. They'd probably be better off today, if they had.
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