Pay attention to your Property Taxes. When you say "near" Youngstown - how far of a commute are you comfortable with? If you are willing to drive 25-40 minutes you will save $100-$300 a month just in property taxes and Home Owner's Insurance. All of the suggestions below are right on point - the surrounding areas are beautiful and all the people are extremely helpful and nice! Best of luck with your move!... more
Struthers is a fantastic community to live in. My family and I have lived here for over four years and we don't have any complaints. The people are wonderful and the houses are well kept. If you have any questions please let me know!
I live in somewhat nearby Akron, and Youngstown is a dying city. Check out one of the more recent editions of Forbes for a full list of dying cities in the United States. There will never be a natural disaster there (unless you want to count the horrible wind damage that just occurred in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and New York) and I doubt you will be able to find a very good way to get there from New York, NY. Youngstown used to be a very prosperous city, but has taken one of the most dramatic economic falls of any United States city over the last decade (right up there with Gary, IN). I would not advise moving to Youngstown if you are a senior looking for easily accessible stores or restaurants.
Akron, Medina, or any other cities along I-77 would be a much better bet if you are trying to move somewhere in Northeast Ohio. I guarantee there is an Amtrak from Akron to New York (Akron is about 20 minutes west of Youngstown), but I know that the drive all the way out there would be something close to 8 and a half hours. Public transportation is not very good however in most Ohio cities. I have spend a decent amount of time in all of the major cities (Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Toledo, Akron, Dayton, and Canton) and none would have what I consider to be above average public transportation and none have a booming economy. Cities like Medina, on the other hand, are booming suburban areas near big cities (about 20 minutes away from both Cleveland and Akron) and would be a good place if you are interested in walking to neat stores and restaurants. The downtown area is quaint and old-fashioned, and the city as a whole is not rundown like Youngstown.... more
A tentant can have their own renters insurance which will insure their contents and provide them with some liability insurance. Additionally there would be coverage is someone slips and falls and miscellanous coverage.... more