Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Disappearing U.S. city of the day: Youngstown, Ohio


Source:  Wikipedia

Youngstown's population peaked at 170,002 in 1930.  Its 2017 estimated population is 64,604 -- a drop of 105,398, or 62%.


African-Americans comprised 12.7% of the population in 1950.

Youngstown in located in Mahoning County, where the population peaked at 303,424 in 1970.  Its 2017 estimated population is 229,796, a drop of 24%.  

Related reading:
America's Fastest Shrinking City:  The Story of Youngstown, Ohio.  (The Hampton Institute, 6/18/2013)
Nearly one hundred years ago, the steel city of Youngstown, Ohio was on the rise. Like many cities and towns in what was the "Industrial Heartland of North America," Youngstown steadily boomed with the rise of manufacturing. The population of the city rose from 33,000 in 1890 to 170,000 in 1930. Youngstown became the center of Mahoning Valley, better known as the "Steel Valley." Steel mills lined the Mahoning River for miles. Enormous industrial concerns like Republic Steel (founded in Youngstown) the U.S. Steel Ohio Works and Youngstown Sheet and Tube's Brier Hill Works operated day and night, dominating the city's skyline and encasing the heavens around Youngstown in a leaden haze. Few seemed to mind though, for as one steelworker put it, "Everybody breathing dirt, eating dirt-they call it 'pay dirt,' for Youngstown clean would be Youngstown out of work."  Youngstown grew as an economic monoculture. Steel dominated every aspect of life.

The disappearing cities:
Baltimore, Maryland.  (12/31/2018)
Buffalo, New York, (1/8/2019)
Cairo, Illinois.   (1/5/2019)
Cleveland, Ohio (1/2/2018)
Detroit, Michigan.  (1/1/2019)
Flint, Michigan.  (1/7/2019)
Gary, Indiana.  (1/4/2019)
Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  (1/6/2018)
St. Louis, Missouri.  (1/2/2019)

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