LIVING HERE: Mahoning County

Youngstown Skyline
Youngstown's skyline as seen from Wick Park. Located north of downtown, it includes an indoor pavilion, open-air picnic pavilion, playground, 9-hole disc golf course, two tennis courts, and a jogging/walking path with fitness stations. / Photo: Dblcut3

Mahoning County and its county seat, Youngstown, is situated midway between Cleveland, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Home to Youngstown State University, a comprehensive urban research university offering programs from business to engineering to the creative arts. Residents enjoy one of the best affordable housing markets in the Youngstown area. Options range from suburban to rural living. For more information, visit

Austintown Log House
Austintown's Log Cabin dates back to the late 1700's and was built by the township's founder, John Austin. In 1975, the site became a Historical Landmark.

This quiet community has a 206-acre park along with five smaller neighborhood parks offering plenty of entertainment options, such as a concert series in the summer, as well as a disc golf course. The campus-style school system is top-rated. For more information, contact Austintown Township at 330.792.8542;

Located just south of Youngstown, Boardman is a large, sprawling suburb. While there has been a lot of commercial development, residents enjoy the natural beauty of Boardman Park, a 227-continguous-acre-park centrally located in the township. The park offers residents not only natural beauty, but numerous recreational opportunities as well. Residents also enjoy many dining and shopping options. For more information, contact Boardman Township at 330.726.4177;

Kenningston Golf Club
Lakes, scenic ravines and tree-lined fairways enhance the beauty of Kennsington Golf Club in Canfield.

This affluent suburb of Youngstown has a tree-lined “Village Green” at the heart of the New England-style village. It has a mix of century-old housing as well as new housing developments. In the town center, there is a wide range of community activities. The city is also the site of Ohio’s largest fair at Canfield Fairgrounds. For more information, contact City of Canfield at 330.533.1101;

Youngstown Skyline

In 2019, downtown Youngstown got a make-over with the opening of The Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre. What was once a foundry and machine shop is now Mahoning County's newest outdoor entertainment venue. In addition, Youngstown State University links to downtown, and they have built and continue to build additional student housing. For more information, contact Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 330.740.2130;

While there has been new growth of homes in Poland Township, many of the older homes have been preserved to blend in with the community, while it retains its New England settlers’ heritage and culture. The area remains a bedroom community with only small business, promoting a safe, family-friendly environment. For more information, contact Poland Township at 330.757.0733;