Youngstown Ohio is situated on the Mahoning river about 65 miles southeast of Cleveland and 61 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, PA. Youngstown has its own metropolitan area, but is often included in commercial and cultural depictions of the Pittsburgh Tri-State area and Greater Cleveland. Youngstown lies 10 miles west of the Pennsylvania state line, midway between New York City and Chicago.
Traditionally known as a center of steel production, Youngstown was forced to redefine itself when the U.S. steel industry fell into decline in the 1970s, leaving communities throughout the region without major industry.
The 2010 census showed that Youngstown had a total population of 66,982, making it Ohio's ninth largest city.
The U.S. Average crime rate is 319.2 on a crime index scale where the higher the number the less safe the city. Youngstown Ohio ranks 719.8 on that scale. The city has a troubling reputation for crime and corruption. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Youngstown was nationally identified with gangland slayings that were often committed with car bombs. Hence, the town gained the nicknames "Murdertown, USA" and "Bomb City, USA," while the phrase "Youngstown tune-up" became a nationally popular slang term for car-bomb assassination. This dubious image has been reinforced by the fact that five prisons operate within the metropolitan area.
Youngstown is a BIG sports town. There is a very rich heritage of NFL, MLB, NBA, Hockey, Boxing, Arena Football athletes and coaches coming out of Youngstown Ohio.
As a musician it’s important to note that this town is pretty dangerous in certain areas after dark. You need to be careful and keep an eye on your equipment as well as each other when you come here. That being said there are a ton of places to play in Youngstown so it’s definitely worth the trip. This town is rich in history and pride and has a “tough as nails” mentality. That’s the same mentality you have to adopt as a band or a musician if you want to last for more than a couple of years.
Youngstown also has some pretty solid music stores in the area you can visit if you need gear or replacent cables, strings, drum heads, or anything else that might foul up at the wrong time. Here is a link to those spots...