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Area ranked next to worst

Published: Tue, May 10, 2011 @ 12:07 a.m.

By William K. Alcorn



The Youngstown/Warren/Boardman Metropolitan Statistical Area is ranked overall next to worst among 188 United States cities by a Gallup/Healthways poll that measured residents’ well-being.

Last was the Huntington, W.Va./Ashland, Ky., MSA, and at the top of the list is Boulder, Colo., according to the poll.

Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams said Monday he had not seen the poll, but he said he and many others in the Mahoning Valley spend their time trying to improve life for the residents.

“I guess Gallup has to have something to do,” he said.

The poll surveyed topics including work environment, job satisfaction, community safety, optimism about the future and physical and emotional health.

According to the survey, Americans living in cities in the East and the West tend to have higher well-being, while those in the Midwest and the South tend to have lower well-being, where three-fourths of the lower-range well-being cities are located.

The survey also found that, on average, residents living in large metropolitan areas have higher levels of well-being than those living in small towns or rural areas.

Nikki Duggan, spokeswoman for Healthways, said the Youngstown/Warren/Boardman MSA ranked 109 for work environment with 88.4 percent saying they are satisfied, which she said is a pretty good score, and that 86.6 say they are working in a job which uses their strengths.

In the community environment category, which includes safe neighborhoods, Youngstown/Warren/Boardman ranked 164 out of 188, with just 38.9 percent believing their city is improving compared to 47.7 percent in Ohio and 54.9 percent nationally, Duggan said.

The local MSA rated 188 or last in the nation in optimism about where the city will be in five years, 185 in emotional health and 186 in physical health, according to the survey.


1michael1757(490 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

The light's will already be out,for lack of payment. They said they couldn't afford to pay the light bill. Whoever they are.

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2UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

When a city goes from 173,000 to 66,000 residents you know their is a problem. Youngstown is dying from poverty, and everyone recognizes it. Unless new high paying jobs move in, the demise will continue and only the politicians will be left.

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3YoungerVoice(9 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

What company is going to voluntarily move their high-paying jobs into a union stronghold?

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4VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Unions have their place in our workforce, but they need to become realistic and less militant. We all are fully aware of why all of our industry left the area...we drove them out with strong-armed unions and now we are suffering from it, as corporations avoid our area like the plague.

When there are so many other communities welcoming corporations and industry with open and friendly arms, we contiinue to suffer for our past sins.

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5city_resident(528 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Since only 12% of the people represented by this poll live in the city of Youngstown, I think the other 88% of you need to get your act together.

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6palbubba(811 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Righttoleft, you couldn't have said it any better or more correctly. The dismissive remark of the mayor shows that the politicians do not care what is wrong, only about their political future. They spend so much time, energy and money on dog and pony shows they don't do what they were elected to do. Three day saturation patrols, banning pit bulls, ordinance against load car noise, all show no results. Please, this is just a short list of the many "feel good" things they do. Does anyone believe that three days of announced saturation patrols made the city a safer place?

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7Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Glad they saw fit to put Boardman in this list . Maybe now people out here will wake up and see what is going on around them .But I doubt it !!!

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8cambridge(4150 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

I doubt that Gallup had to do any more research for their rankings than to read the comments from the locals who post on Vindy.

Pretty hard to see anything positive from people that seem to hate everything and always have someone else to point at for their misery.

You all do a very good job of describing your hatred for the area. Why not leave if you hate it so much? Many of the people that post on this board seem to want the Valley to to become like States in the deep south. If that appeals to you just move their and you will be in your element.

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9JME(802 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Thats democrats and organized labor for you Cambridge

Keep up the good work Betras and Hagan.

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10Nonsocialist(710 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

There is absolutely no way that this can be due to Youngstown's public officials. There is no way that public officials affect the public. So lets keep up the slavish loyalty to the Democratic-Socialists. Even though the steel mills closed in the 1970s, it still must be that damn George Bush's fault! Arrrggghhh, I hate those Republicans!! We are so much better off here in the Yo for our blind devotion to the Democratic-Socialists, and this article proves it!

Obama/Biden 2012

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11Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

"The Youngstown/Warren/Boardman Metropolitan Statistical Area is ranked overall next to worst among 188 United States cities by a Gallup/Healthways poll that measured residents’ well-being."

WHOA ! WHAT ? Were not number one ? Maybe we'll inch up to number one this summer . . ..

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12James_S(268 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

You guys are GOOOOD!!!

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13RubyGirl(22 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Unionforfever "Unless new high paying jobs move in, the demise will continue and only the politicians will be left." And what high paying jobs would you not bash? You despise anyone making a decent wage in this town.

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14Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

I smell TEA ( KKK ) here in some of these Comments.Down with the workers .

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15Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Looks like Boardman is dragging down the whole area. Boy have we got some scum out here. Just read some of the comments above. Everybody is it fault but them

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16VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

I once worked for a corporation here in the area and I often had to attend seminars and conferences across the nation. Whenever I mentioned where I was from, others would question me about our Valley unions and if they were still as difficult to work with as in the past.

Now, this was something you could not place into statistical analysis, but there was an inherent common opinion throughout the country that The Valley was NOT a friendly place to operate because of the unions. Since I once belonged to a union in a previous job and knew how they operated, I took this rather hard at first.

Those were difficult times in the past and the rank and file got on board with thousands of grievances against management, simply to prove a point. The head-butting and personality clashes were overwhelming. The strikes were devastating. Friendships were lost, families would not talk to one another and eventually, our jobs were gone. Unions were once good for the worker. They helped improve job conditions and increased wages. But, when unions became too big for themselves, obtained 11 and 13 week vacations for the workers and attempted to tell management how they should operate the business, it was all over. No business could operate under those conditions for long. Especially now in today's world economy.

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17north88(3 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

On the apparent conflict between this and the Forbes story. When you are comparing month on month, or year to year growth in an economy as downtrodden as the one here.... how hard is it to show growth?

How much growth is due to federal money pouring into this state?

I am not from here, I spend a fair amount of time here, enough to see it for what it is. This is a really dysfunctional place with a business culture that crushes innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.

I have met a good number of people working at the tech incubator and it seems like a small success. The issue to me seems to be there is a hope that big industrial players will want to come here. I really don't see it, we are not a nation of laborers anymore. America's strength is our intellectual capital and ability to innovate.

Apple is the world's biggest brand now, and they produce almost nothing in the US.

How can a broken town in a big labor, big government state hope to thrive? Don't blame the politicians on this one it is an impossible challenge.

Though Detroit seemed to accept their fate and are turning a corner.

(I am not from the south, or california, I live normally in a town that was named one of the most livable cities in America. I don't really want to be here at all save for one reason. Don't tell me to leave cause I am just a part timer)

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18north88(3 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

* also the biggest challenge the area faces isn't the unions.

It is that the quality of life here is low. Even if you paid a fair wage, why would people want to locate here?

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