Forbes rates Youngstown lowest in Ohio

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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