Boardman is a census-designated place (CDP) in Boardman Township, Mahoning County, Ohio, United States, a suburb immediately south of Youngstown. Boardman is one of two major retail hubs in the Mahoning Valley. The population of the CDP was 35,376 at the 2010 census.
Boardman was founded by Elijah Boardman in the late 1780s. Though the CDP of Boardman consists of suburban spillover from Youngstown, Boardman was traditionally an agricultural community with grain crops and apple orchards. Around the turn of the century, the railroad led to Southern Park, a horse racing facility on Washington Boulevard, making the area an early draw for Youngstown urbanites.
Because of its proximity to Youngstown, Boardman was ripe for strip development starting as early as 1950.
Boardman is located at 41°2′20″N 80°39′55″W (41.038958, −80.665395). According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 15.3 square miles (39.6 km2), of which 15.1 square miles (39.2 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2), or 1.12%, is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 37,215 people, 15,955 households, and 10,211 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,335.8 people per square mile (902.0/km2). There were 16,801 housing units at an average density of 1,054.5/sq mi (407.2/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 95.25% White, 2.56% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.81% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.42% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races.