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New York magazine rates Columbiana County as one of the hardest places to live

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The New York Times Magazine is not winning any friends or new subscriptions in Columbiana County.

Lpcal leaders and residents are upset over an article that rates the county among the hardest places to live in America.

The article says that Columbiana County ranks in the bottom 25% of more than 3,000 counties studied.

The magazine used various factors in its rating formula, including median income, unemployment, level of education, obesity and life expectancy.

County commissioner Mike Halleck says the report missed on several key factors.

“What they failed to mention is our unemployment rate four short years ago was 15.2 percent; today it is 5.9,” Halleck said.

Halleck also points out that the county has a much better cost of living and is in its best financial condition ever.

“Our budget for a county our size is the lowest in Ohio and we haven't raised taxes to put ourselves in what is arguably the best financial situation we've been in the history of the county,” Halleck said.

In terms of college degrees, Halleck says Columbiana is largely a rural community where many people build and grow things.

The commissioner questions a report that he feels was probably based on numbers taken off the internet, and lifelong county resident Betty Smith agrees.

“It's upsetting that someone would come from out of the area without being here or living here or researching this locally,” Smith said.

Smith says the magazine also failed to consider that there's a lot to be said for living in a tightknit and safe place. “You know they trust their neighbors, they trust their friends around to look after each other.”


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