Youngstown & Mahoning County, a Video Tour



Youngstown & Mahoning County

You Belong Here!

Youngstown and Mahoning County offers a variety of attractions, outdoor recreation, arts and culture and special events that you and your family will love. This Video Tour produced by the Mahoning Country Convention & Visitors Bureau will help you get to know our City and the Mahoning Valley. Find out why “You Belong Here!”

The Mahoning Country Convention & Visitors Bureau is here to help make your visit to the Valley a pleasant experience. If you need further help, please call them at 800-447-8201, or CLICK HERE to send them a message.

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2015 Ohio Fall Color Update #3 – Peak Conditions Expected

Experience the Beauty of Ohio’s Fall Color This Weekend

Peak conditions expected in northern Ohio this coming weekend.

Victorian Autumn on Millionair's Row, Warren Ohio.

Victorian home on Millionaire’s Row, Mahoning Ave. Warren, Ohio.

The weather and fall’s expanding palettes of color help make this the perfect time of year for hikers to get out and enjoy the colorful landscapes in Ohio’s state parks, forests and nature preserves. Peak conditions are expected across northern Ohio stretching down into the central portion of the state this coming weekend, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Continue reading

Toledo, Youngstown in World’s Top 10 Most Affordable Housing Markets

Eight Ohio Cities Among the World’s “Most Affordable” Housing Markets

Toledo (#4) and Youngstown (#9) rank in top ten international markets.

State of OhioCarl Horst, OAR Director of Publications/Media Relations draws attention to a recent study that examined more than 360 markets worldwide and found eight Ohio’s cities rank among the world’s “most affordable” housing markets.

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Fall Foliage 2013 – Update #2: Ohio Parks Open to Enjoy Fall Color


Ohio State Parks Open to Enjoy Fall Colors

expect Mahoning Valley leaves to reach their peak color the second week of October.

Fall on the Mahoning River

Fall on the Mahoning River, Packard Park, Warren, Ohio. October, 2012.

October is the best month to see vibrant fall color in Ohio, and the state is on track to produce an excellent fall color season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

The bright sunny days and cool, but not freezing nights we enjoyed throughout September were ideal for bringing out the most vibrant reds, yellows, oranges and purples this fall,” said ODNR Fall Color Forester Casey Burdick. “The beauty of the fall is here for just a short time, and I would encourage people to start planning their fall color getaways so they do not miss this beautiful fall color season.

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2013 Fall Foliage Update #1: Colors Start to Emerge


Fall Colors Start to Emerge as Autumn Officially Begins

Signs of fall color are starting to be noticed around the state

Lake Newport Mill Creek Park- Fall 2012

Lake Newport, Mill Creek MetroPark — Autumn 2012

Autumn officially began on Sunday, Sept. 22, and with its arrival people may begin to notice some colors emerging as the fall color season begins, according to Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

“The signs of fall color are starting to be noticed around the state,” said ODNR Fall Color Forester Casey Burdick. “Ohioans will start to see yellow leaves on buckeye trees and blushes of red from Virginia creeper and poison ivy.”

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David Grohl Alley, Warren, Ohio


David Grohl Alley, Warren Ohio

Take a Stroll down Warren’s David Grohl Alley.

David Grohl Alley - Warren, OhioDavid Grohl Alley is located just south of Courthouse Square and runs east and west between Mahoning Ave. (just behind the old Mahoning Bank Building and just before the Burger King Restaurant) and S. Park Avenue (just behind the Atrium Building).

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Mahoning Valley School Report Cards Released

Ohio Department of Education Releases Final School Report Cards

Youngstown Schools still last in Mahoning Valley

School Bus, SchoolsFinal school report cards were released Wednesday by the Ohio Department of Education. To no one’s surprise Youngstown City Schools again brought up the rear in the Mahoning Valley meeting only one of the State’s 26 achievement indicators—one less than last year. —Source:, Feb. 28, 2013, Denise Dick. (emphasis mine)

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National Housing Affordability Increases in Q4-2012

Nationwide Housing Affordability Increases at Year-End 2012

Home-ownership still within reach of median-income consumers; Mahoning Valley remains among affordable leaders.

Housing AffordabilityExceptionally low interest rates helped ensure a slight gain in nationwide housing affordability amid relatively stable house prices in the final quarter of 2012, according to the newest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI).

In all, 74.9 percent of homes sold between the beginning of October and end of December were affordable to families earning the U.S. median income of $65,000. This was up nearly a full point from the 74.1 percent of homes sold that were affordable to median-income earners in last year’s third quarter.

“The most recent housing affordability data should be encouraging to many prospective home buyers, because it shows that home-ownership remains within reach of median-income consumers even as most local markets appear to be on a recovery path,” said NAHB Chairman Rick Judson.

He noted that the most recent reading of the NAHB/First American Improving Markets Index found that 259 out of 361 metros currently qualify as improving, including representatives from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

“The median price of all new and existing homes sold in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $188,000, essentially unchanged from the previous quarter’s $189,000 that marked a nearly three-year high,” noted NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “It is noteworthy that affordability remains historically high thanks to favorable mortgage rates even as national home price indexes show some rise in values.”

Ogden-Clearfield, Utah held its position as the nation’s most affordable major housing market for a second consecutive quarter at the end of 2012. There, 93.7 percent of all new and existing homes sold were affordable to families earning the area’s median household income of $71,500 – up slightly from the 93.2 percent of homes affordable to median-income earners in the third quarter.

Also ranking among the most affordable major housing markets in respective order were Dayton, Ohio; Indianapolis-Carmel, Ind.; Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.; and Syracuse, N.Y.

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA currently ranks #42 nationally and #24 regionally with 90.2 percent of the homes (median price $79,000) in the area sold to families earning the area’s median household income of $55,000.

Among smaller housing markets, Fairbanks, Alaska, remained at the top of the affordability chart with nearly all homes sold in the quarter — 99.6 percent – affordable to those earning the median income of $92,900. Other small housing markets at the top of the index included Cumberland, Md.; Springfield, Ohio; Monroe, Mich.; and Mansfield, Ohio, in that order.

After 18 consecutive quarters at the bottom of the affordability chart, New York-White Plains-Wayne, N.Y.-N.J. switched places with San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, Calif., which had been the second-to-least affordable market. Just 28.4 percent of homes sold in San Francisco during the fourth quarter were affordable to families earning that area’s median income of $103,000.

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MVHR: 2012 Best Year Since Great Recession

RE/MAX Valley Real Estate Reports 2012 “A Year of the Housing Recovery” in the Mahoning Valley

We have a long way to go — but the Journey has Finally begun.

MVHR-sign-rpt-2012-12-250-newAccording to RE/MAX Valley Real Estate’s Mahoning Valley Housing Report (MVHR) for December, 2012 the market for existing single family residential homes rose again as seasonally adjusted sales marked its 15th straight month over month improvement. Annual existing-home sales maintained its double-digit lead over 2011 by improving 18.5 percent ahead of December of 2011. The seasonally adjusted annual 12-month average also showed a gain for the seventh consecutive month by reading 12.5 percent for the same 12 month period this year over last.

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Mahoning Valley Housing Report, August 2012. Recovery Continues.

Summer of Housing Recovery Continues in the Mahoning Valley

Prices up Third Straight Month. Sales up eleven consecutive months. Annual inventory down twelve months in a row.

MVHR. 6-month, Seasonally Adjusted Median Home Price Trend. August, 2012.According to RE/MAX Valley Real Estate’s Mahoning Valley Housing Report (MVHR) for August 2012 the market for existing single family residential homes continued to improve as seasonally adjusted sales marked the 11th straight monthly increase, and the annual existing-home sales surged over August of 2011 by 13.2 percent. The seasonally adjusted annual 12-month average rate improved again for the third consecutive month by 5.6 percent over the same 12 month period.

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