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Forbes rates Youngstown lowest in Ohio

Published: Sat, June 30, 2012 @ 7:52 p.m.

Staff report


Youngstown was the lowest rated city in Ohio in a study of the best cities for business and careers released Wednesday by Forbes.

The city rated 185 out of 200 municipalities and ranked three spots behind Toledo, the next lowest city in the state, on the Forbes list.

Forbes rated Youngstown 20th out of the 200 in cost to do business, 172 in job growth and 183 in education.

The study rated job growth in the area at 1.3 percent and projects future job growth at 0.9 percent.

According to Forbes, its study considers 12 metrics relating to job growth (past and projected), costs (business and living), income growth over the past five years, educational attainment and projected economic growth through 2014. It also considers quality of life issues.

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1redeye1(5683 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Finally ,someone speaks the truth about Y-town.

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2jfgiancola(177 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

It wouldn't matter, D lever, R lever. We are what we are.

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3ytowhoh330(89 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Anyone shocked by this? Bet we get a high rating for murders.

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4TylerDurden(367 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

"And all the poorest and uneducated states in america are "red" states so what's your point"

Dang, he got you gooooood.

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5VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

The poorest, the richest, the most educated and the least educated is a blue state that has the world's 8th largest economy. It also has the largest debt in the country and is nearly bankrupt. One of its cities has already moved into bankruptcy. Welcome to California...the model blue state for the rest of the United States. Isn't it wonderful to see our future unfold before us and yet we walk down the same path, but yet expect different results. That is a definition of insanity.

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6TylerDurden(367 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago


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7NoBS(2845 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

YT, how can you compare a whole state to Y-town? "Go look at property listings online for WV. The property values are noticeably higher than Youngstown metro. Of course not everywhere in WV, but overall." Why not compare West Virginia to Ohio? If you're picking specific towns to make your point, why not compare Y-town against Littleton, WV, where the per capita income is a mere $6000/year? (that's not a typo)

Aren't facts fun?

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8palbubba(812 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Just blindly keep pulling the D lever and never,ever admit that it was that leadership that drug you into the mud. They just keep pulling that lever in Detroit also, which now resembles a third world country.

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9pavlikfan(16 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

It's fun to watch people get so worked up over another "ranking" story. Just two months ago Forbes listed (and the Vindy reported) Youngstown was one of the most livable cities. Really? And now this story? LOL!

What it comes down to for me is this: I can live and work here just fine. My kids get a decent public school education. We can go out in downtown Youngstown. Mill Creek Park is incredible. We have a nice house (in Youngstown).

I don't vote Dem or Rep... I vote for he best candidate. Just wish we had more choices.

Go ahead, crucify me for being an optimist. Shoot me down for being happy to live here. If you do, you miss the point.

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10Education_Voter(1175 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Thanks pavlikfan.
Sure you can raise your family in places like Cincinnati or Columbus. Places where they have family activities. Family activities where you wait in sweltering heat behind 200 other kids for the simplest kind of activity: looking at Christmas lights, sprinklers on at the park, a good ice-cream cone, an Easter Egg hunt.
Or you can live here and do all the same, and actually participate.

Anyway, Youngstown must be the smallest city on that list. Last time I was in East Liverpool, Steubanville, etc. things looked pretty bleak.

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11Education_Voter(1175 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Wait a minute. There are 200 cities on the list. The list is called "Best Cities." There are at least 20,000 incorporated cities in the United States. (Probably more like 30,000)
I think that the Vindy took a positive headline and phrased it like a negative.

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12HaydenThomas(208 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

The Dems want so badly to make the "red" states appear to be worse off and the Republicans want to paint the "blue" states as worse.

Neither is correct.

Education determines economic prosperity, not party affiliation.

More smart people reside in Connecticut, New York, Virginia, Maryland, and California. Therefore those states tend to be better off economically. Those people make more money.

The people who reside in Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, and others are poorly educated and tend to make far less money.

It has little to do with "red" and "blue".

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13southsidedave(5199 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

This is not surprising; yet, who conducts all of these studies & how can the studies be validated?

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14pjohn(25 comments)posted 4 years ago

what do you mean aconstituent^^^^????

i agree, definitely, but can you elaborate

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