WARREN - Warren neighborhood groups are receiving the results of a survey from the Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership as they look to the future of the city.
The series of TNP Community Challenge Grant meetings have been held throughout the city.
Members of the Historic Perkins Homestead Neighborhood Association met at the YMCA of Warren to hear the survey results about the city and its neighborhood. More than 25 people attended.
Taron Cunningham, strategic planner with TNP, told the residents that a study done on Warren has found it has lost 12 percent of its population in the past decade.
"In the last decade, Warren and other communities nationwide have lost population, but some communities have seen an increase. Bloomfield saw a 40 percent population increase," Cunningham said.
Cunningham said Mahoning County lost more population than Trumbull County in the past decade.
The survey, done in 2012, was taken to see if residents felt their community was worse now than it was a decade ago.
"We need to see what is working in Warren and what is working in other areas," Cunningham said.
He said today Warren has more vacant properties than ever. There are 388 vacant homes in the city, with 40 vacant areas in the Perkins Neighborhood Homestead.
TNP officials there has been little new housing construction since 2010, and that most homes in Warren today were built before 1979.
Cunningham said the city's population declined from a high of 68,000 in 1975 to about 41,077 in 2012. About 66 percent of the city's population is older than 25.
Warren's population in 2012 was made up of 24 percent of residents age 18 and younger; 16 percent ages 65 and older; 26 percent 45 to 64; 24 percent 25 to 44; and 10 percent ages 18 to 24.
In 2012, Warren's median age was 39 and average household 2.25 members, he said.
Marissa Williams, the community planning coordinator for TNP, said the goal of the meetings was to get input from residents about what they would like to see done with vacant land in their neighborhoods.
Judy McClellan of the Perkins Neighborhood Association said, "These meetings have been positive and have been bringing people together. We are all fighting for the same cause. I heard many good ideas.''
Cunningham said there needs to be plans to attract tourists to the area and protect and preserve green space.
"We need to have a plan to showcase the city's natural assets. We can create a vibrant place for people who want to come here for events and programs," he said.
GROW Warren has been working on creating garden districts in available green space.
TNP has held meetings discussing what is happening in sections of the city. The neighborhood meeting series will continue through May.