The Youngstown metropolitan area was the 160th-most dangerous area in the country last year, according to a recent national study.
The Youngstown metro area, which includes Mahoning and Trumbull counties in Ohio and Mercer County in Pennsylvania, improved its ranking in the 2009 study by CQ Press, released Sunday. The area was ranked 147th most dangerous in the 2008 study.
The study includes 347 metro areas in the country.
The study uses major-crime statistics reported by law-enforcement agencies to the FBI for murders, rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries and motor-vehicle thefts.
There were seven metropolitan areas in Ohio more dangerous than the Youngstown area, according to the report.
Tops among Ohio metro areas is Lima at No. 36 with Toledo at No. 54, Columbus at No. 79, Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor at No. 97, Dayton at No. 141, Akron at No. 147, and Springfield at No. 157.
The report also lists the most-dangerous cities with a population of at least 75,000.
Youngstown had traditionally been among the study’s most dangerous cities, including ninth overall in the nation in 2005.
But Youngstown’s population dropped from 75,919 in 2006 to 73,927 in 2007, and continues to decline. Because of that, Youngstown hasn’t been a part of the CQ Press survey since 2006, when it was listed as the nation’s 15th most dangerous city.
Among metropolitan areas, the Detroit-Dearborn region was No. 1, ahead of Pine Bluff, Ark., which was No. 1 in the previous study.
Among cities, St. Louis was No. 1, beating Camden, N.J., which was at the top of the list the previous year.