The Secret's Out

Youngstown has the best to offer or is among the top in the country in many categories. Most people don’t know about the variety of opportunities and lifestyle amenities that exist here. The secret is now out about all of the wonderful things in Youngstown – for everyone to enjoy!

Housing

CNNMoney.com, 2012, "Where homebuying is most (and least) affordable"

The Youngstown metropolitan area ranks first among major metro areas for most affordable housing (i.e. $80,000 median home price).

Old House Journal, December 2006, "The State of Old-House Real Estate"

Youngstown contains the nation’s most affordable historic district.

WYTV News Channel 33, December 15, 2006

Local news anchor, Angee Shaker, talks with Chief Planner Anthony Kobak about the Old House Journal article, among other things.

Watch video (3:53; Windows Media)

Business

Entrepreneur Magazine, August 2009, "Where to Be an Entrepreneur"

Youngstown is listed in the Top-10 of business startup-friendly cities.

SBA Region V Leadership Award for Economic Development, August 11, 2004

The Youngstown Economic Development Department was honored for their vision in leading the successful local SBA Initiative Program – The Youngstown Initiative.

Youngstown 2010 Citywide Plan, August 2005

All future development is guided by Youngstown’s internationally-recognized, award-winning comprehensive plan.

Technology

Youngstown Business Incubator

YBI was the top performing business incubator in the State of Ohio for 2006 (see November 2, 2006 news archive or listen here for its continued success on NPR's "Morning Edition").

Arts & Culture

The Butler Institute of American Art

The Butler Institute is the first museum of American Art and it is known and respected throughout the United States and Europe.

The Youngstown Playhouse

America’s oldest ongoing community theatre.

Youngstown possesses an amazingly strong and resilient arts community!

Incredible architecture throughout many neighborhoods and a downtown that showcases turn-of-the-century buildings by architects who also practiced in New York and Chicago.

The Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University

Founded in 1869, the Dana School of Music is one of the oldest music schools in the United States and is one of only 40 All-Steinway schools worldwide.

Leisure

Covelli Centre

The Covelli Centre (formerly The Chevrolet Centre) is the 2nd best minor league sports venue in North America for 2007.

Golf Digest, August 2005, “Metro Golf Rankings”

Youngstown is the 4th best city for golf in America.

Mill Creek MetroParks

The most beautiful city park in the world!

Food

Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt

The original stand – still located in Youngstown's Handel’s neighborhood – has been voted one of the best ice cream parlors in the country by USA Today, People Magazine and National Geographic.