I hope that this helps you with your question.
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.
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.
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!
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"...
Maybe the increase of Alzheimers and Dementia is due to environmental problems or ignorance and apathy by those in the medical community.
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.
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!
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.
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????)