ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) - Two Ohio communities are on a magazine's new list of the nation's ten most vulnerable smaller cities and towns.
Forbes says it evaluated "the strength of Main Streets across America" and found Zanesville is the 7th weakest, followed by Portsmouth in a tie at No. 8.
A story posted on the magazine's Web site Thursday says Forbes compared communities with an urban core of between 10,000 and 50,000 residents. It reviewed factors including unemployment, median incomes, poverty, education and outstanding mortgage debt.
Zanesville Mayor Howard "Butch" Zwelling told Forbes that while his eastern Ohio city has lost manufacturing jobs, he's optimistic about the future because of new businesses coming in.