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Youngstown No. 5 on Forbes Magazine's list of Best American Cities for Raising a Family

Published: Thu, April 17, 2014 @ 11:15 a.m.


Youngstown ranks No. 5 on Forbes Magazine’s 2014 list of “Best American Cities for Raising a Family.”

Despite naming the Youngstown as one of the country’s most miserable cities a year ago, the magazine eschewed more volatile factors—like unemployment and weather—in favor of more family-oriented measurements.

“The Youngstown metro area is still near the bottom on the national income ladder, but it also boasts low cost of living, short commutes, and solid school and crime statistics outside the city proper,” Forbes said of the city.

The annual ranking, published yesterday, puts Youngstown behind Raleigh, N.C.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Ogden, Utah; and Omaha, Neb.

Youngstown beat out Des Moines, Iowa; Boise, Idaho; Scranton-Wilkes Barre, Penn.; Cincinnati; and Provo, Utah in the Top 10 ranking.


1kk80586(229 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Wasn't there a story about a week or so ago that said Yo. was one of the worst cities to live in? So you'd want to raise a family here but just not live here I guess....

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2prodgodq(172 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Breaking news!

Forbes Magazine, known for their "exhaustive research", has also ranked Youngstown as 12th in the nation in milk prices, 64th in the nation in dropped pennies, and a notable 4th in road salt.

Can't wait for the next in-depth ranking of American cities from Forbes magazine.

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3NilesOhio(997 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

There went any confidence I had in Forbes.

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4republicanRick(1736 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Youngstown IS a great city to raise a family. Our public schools match up against state wide private schools, our housing prices are low, our parks and rec options are many, and there is a thriving youth sports program in almost all communities.
We live one hour from two major league sports cities, and one hour from three major airports (not counting Youngstown's up and coming one).
Not to mention strong church and volunteer organizations.

Some things ARE wrong here, but raising a family here is one of the best in the country. We just need to shout louder about it.

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