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Census shows area losing population

Published: Fri, March 4, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

By David Skolnick (Contact)

On the side

Democrats tout diversity: Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras is on an 18-member committee that will work to have diversity among those serving as Ohio’s presidential delegates to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

The committee’s goal is to encourage participation in the delegate selection process from various minority groups.

Betras is the committee’s only member from the Mahoning Valley.

GOP regional chairs: The National Republican Congressional Committee has selected 12 regional chairs, including U.S. Rep. Steven C. LaTourette of Bainbridge, R-14th, for the 2012 election cycle. The 12 will play “a vital role in helping the NRCC reach its goals, serving as liaisons to members and candidates in their region to communicate and implement a variety of initiatives,” said NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions.

LaTourette is one of only two to have a region of one state — Ohio, of course. The other is Texas.

LaTourette’s congressional district includes northern Trumbull County.

When the U.S. Census releases its 2010 population numbers for Ohio next week, it’s not going to be pretty for Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

Mahoning County’s population was 264,806 in 1990 and 257,555 in 2000. It’s likely to be less than 235,000 in the 2010 census based on annual population estimates.

Trumbull County’s population was 227,813 in 1990 and 225,116 in 2000. The county will be lucky to have 210,000 in the 2010 census.

Significant declines

There’s no doubt that the counties’ core cities — Youngstown for Mahoning and Warren for Trumbull — are where we see the most significant population declines.

Youngstown’s population was 95,732 in 1990 and 82,026 in 2000. Expect the city’s population for 2010 to be just over 70,000. It looks like the Youngstown 2010 plan with its shrinking-city concept is working in at least one way. The actual size of the city isn’t shrinking, but its population sure is.

Warren had 50,793 residents in 1990. It dropped to 46,832 in 2000, and is probably hovering around 43,000 in the 2010 census.

While the core cities are driving the significant population losses in the two counties, people aren’t leaving Youngstown and Warren for the suburbs. They’re leaving the Mahoning Valley and most of Northeast Ohio.

In the 2000 census, Mahoning was the 10th most populated county and Trumbull was 12th. When the new numbers come out, Lake County will move ahead of Mahoning, which will drop to 11th.

Trumbull, which was the 12th most populated county in 2000, will drop to 13th, behind Warren County.

Warren County’s population will come close to doubling its size in a 20-year period. It had 113,905 people in 1990. It will probably have more than 210,000 people in the 2010 census.

Trumbull could drop to 14th among the state’s 88 counties shortly as Clermont County’s population is likely to be close to 200,000 in 2010 compared to 150,187 in 1990.

Columbiana County’s population in 1990 was 108,276 and grew to 112,075 in 2000. Census numbers for 2010 will likely show the county’s population dropping a little below its 1990 level.

Limited employment

Despite some good economic news — most notably the V&M Star expansion project in Youngstown and the General Motors complex in Lordstown — the reality is there are limited employment opportunities in the area, leaving many people with no other choice but to search for jobs elsewhere, never to return.

Unemployment in the Valley continues to be above the state average which continues to be above the national average.

And what does the population decline in the Mahoning Valley mean politically?


Fewer people living here means less attention will be paid to the area by the state and federal governments. There have been some notable exceptions, but the Valley has largely been ignored for decades.

It also means significant changes to the make-up of the area’s congressional representation. Expect the 17th Congressional District to grow a lot, and probably include all of Mahoning County, and it could even go into Columbiana County.

The 6th District will certainly change its shape, and may not include any of the Valley.


1Askmeificare(1266 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

I'm half blind in my right ear-

Does the article mention that Youngstown City Council should lose a ward councilman?

Did that statement hurt anyone? Are you alright? Need medical attention?

Sorry. Sometimes the truth hurts.

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2captdinger(110 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Isn't it great what the Democratic party has done for the valley. Keep up the good work Dave

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3ront(119 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

the democratic party has taken the mv valley for granted for years.

i remember when clinton first ran and promised a fed accounting facility. he recieved overwhelming support in the mv.

the next election he came back to the valley and promised the same, and again recieved overwhelming support.

how can so many people be so stupid?

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4captdinger(110 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

That's awesome ront, awesome.

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5valleyred(1103 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

captdinger... post of the year!

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6One_Who_Stayed(240 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

"Fewer people living here means less attention will be paid to the area by the state and federal governments. There have been some notable exceptions, but the Valley has largely been ignored for decades."

How is that even possible? We have been TOTALLY ignored (except at election time) for as long as I have lived here - and I'd imagine it was going on long before that. How do you get less than 0 attention?

Lets face it folks - we have absolutely nothing to loose by being ignored by the State and Feds - we never got anything meaningful from them in the first place. . . it's up to us plain and simple.

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7cambridge(4166 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Imagine the future population of the valley if Lordstown had closed like so many from the area wanted.

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8ValleyNative(174 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

I am 24 and admittedly could see myself leaving the Valley. Canfield is great and all, but Pittsburgh is "alive". My wife and I just want to be somewhere that is "alive". It's hard to define, but you know it when a city has it. Such cities are usually in the south (VA, SC, FL, TX)

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9VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

So everyone...what is your opinion of why?

Is is because of loss of jobs?

Is it due to lack of leadership?

Is it due to increasing violence?

Is it due to birth control?

Or, is it due to strong arm unions?

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10Bigben(1996 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Loss of jobs and violence .

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11VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Hey bigben...sorry about your loss at the big game. That was a tough one.

As far as loss of jobs and increase in violence...I agree, but I believe the deeper answer is from a lack of leadership. Let me explain. We always have leaders. Leaders in government, leaders in education, leaders in labor and leaders in business.

What has occurred in our Valley is a direct result of leaders who did not accept the truth and continued to run the same game hoping for something to change for the better, when they knew it would not. Some allowed greed and personal wealth to interfere. Things did change and we are now living the results.

Thank you former presidents, governors, mayors, business leaders, labor leaders and county commissioners for giving us our standard of living today. You have all failed us miserably. I can't wait to see what is ahead for 2014.

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