Metropolitan Area Profile
- The Youngstown-Warren-Boardman Metropolitan Statistical Area
- Kyle Fee and Ashley Orr
- Youngstown, Ohio, is at the center of a larger metropolitan statistical area (MSA) that includes the cities of Youngstown, Warren, and Boardman, Ohio, and the counties of Trumbull and Mahoning in Ohio and Mercer in Pennsylvania. The area, often referred to as the Mahoning Valley and once known as the Steel Valley, was home to a flourishing steel industry from the mid-1800s to the 1970s. Back in the 1920s, the valley’s steel production ranked second in nation, but today most of the steel mills have been closed down, sold, and scrapped. The area has experienced a vast population decline and has yet to regain employment lost from previous recessions.