Youngstown ranks #1 in survey of healthcare access, home cost

The Welcome to Downtown Youngstown sign.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown came in first place in a list released Wednesday of cities with the best combinations of health access and home affordability, according to financial calculations company Smart Asset.

Youngstown also topped the list in 2014, and Ohio landed three cities in the top 10 of this year’s list. The other two were Toledo, which came in at #2, and Akron at #9.

According to the study, the presence of Youngstown State University lends support to the city’s base of healthcare professionals. Meanwhile, Youngstown’s housing market is among the most affordable in the U.S., with an average sales price of just $78,600 during 2014.

Youngstown ranked in the top 20 (out of 132 cities) for three of the four metrics that Smart Asset considered. Its rate of 212 doctor’s offices per 100,000 residents was eighth overall in the study.

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