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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – On Thursday, the Census Bureau released new population figures, which show every county in the immediate Youngstown area is losing people.

The Youngstown area’s population has been declining since the collapse of the steel industry 40 years ago.

Last year, the population of the entire area — which includes Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana and Mercer counties — was a little more than 641,000 people. That’s down 3,400 from 2017 and 32,000 since 2010.

Of the 176 combined statistical areas in the United States, the Youngstown area fell from 71 to 76 in ten years.

“It’s not surprising that the population continues to decline,” said Michael Hripko, associate vice president for YSU External Affairs, Government Relations and Economic Development. “We have experienced continued job loss throughout Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties. These statistics really reflect that job reduction we’ve seen.”

The population for Mahoning County is now just under 230,000 — down slightly from last year and down 3.8 percent since 2010.

Trumbull County saw the biggest drop, with a current population of less than 200,000. Trumbull County lost 1,600 people last year and 11,000 in the past ten years.

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