Northeastern Pennsylvania

Our Location

Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) is one of the most centrally located regions in the United States. More than 51 million people live within 200 miles of our region!

NEPA is known as the "Northeast's Interstate Hub" because of its location at the confluence of six major highways, in the center of the Boston/Washington corridor. Interstates 80, 81, 84, 380, 476, and 78 meet in the middle of our region and provide excellent access north to Maine, south to Virginia, and west to Ohio.

NEPA offers quick access to big cities, has affordable living, safe neighborhoods, and an abundance of recreational activities for you and your family to enjoy!

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On average, the cost of living in Northeastern Pennsylvania is 5% lower than living in the rest of the country.


Living in NEPA

Enjoy an easy, affordable, and fulfilled life in Northeastern Pennsylvania!

When you join the NEPA community, you'll see why we think it's the greatest place to live, work, and play.

NEPA offers a wealth of walkable neighborhoods, beautiful historic buildings, cultural institutions, parks, and sporting opportunities that enrich the lives of our region's residents.

Learn more about living in NEPA at:

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$153,669 Median home value
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$60,286 Median household income
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$54,700 Average annual wages

NEPA Counties

Northeastern Pennsylvania is made up of 9 counties located in the Northeastern part of Pennsylvania. Learn more about each county below!

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Carbon County

Population: 64,792

Carbon County is strategically located only an hour north of Philadelphia and 90 minutes west of New York City. The county is home to numerous small towns such as Jim Thorpe its county seat, Palmerton, Lehighton, Weatherly, Nesquehoning, Summit Hill, Lansford, Albrightsville and Lake Harmony.

Businesses both large and small represent a wide variety of industries from manufacturing to hospitality to outdoor adventures and world class health care.

Access: Interstates 80 and 476 pass through Carbon County as well as State Route 209.

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Columbia County

Population: 65,013

Columbia County is located in the north-central part of Pennsylvania and is part of the Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA MSA. Bloomsburg is the county's largest city and is where The University of Bloomsburg is located.

Berwick is a key site for manufacturing due to its ideal location with its proximity to Philadelphia, PA and NYC, and access to river, rail and road transportation networks.

American Car and Foundry was nationally recognized for the manufacturing of the Stuart Tank during WWII, approximately 15,000 tanks were produced in Berwick, PA. Berwick also became one of the first American producers of all-steel railroad cars in 1904.

Access: Interstate 80 passes through Columbia County as well as State Route 11.

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Lackawanna County

Population: 215,529

Lackawanna County is a location of choice for relocating and expanding businesses. Its booming business climate, access to major metropolitan markets, operating costs, labor availability and superior quality of life are leading national corporations to invest in greater Scranton.

Lackawanna County is committed to supporting the development and growth of new business. They have designed programs and incubator facilities to support entrepreneurs and transitioning businesses.

Ranked among the top 100 Best Places to live by U.S. News & World Report, Scranton is home to national industry leaders in healthcare, manufacturing, transportation & logistics and back-office functions.

These companies are succeeding here because of our strategic location in the center of the Boston-Washington Corridor, available inventory of real estate, readily available labor pool and access to customized job training programs.

Access: Interstates 81, 84, and 476 pass through Lackawanna County.

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Luzerne County

Population: 324,825

Luzerne County and its major cities, Hazleton and Wilkes-Barre are vigorous, thriving, exciting, and looking forward to a future filled with new opportunities and prospects, new jobs and a refreshing new vitality.

Today, any traveler passing through this region, north-bound or south-bound on I-81, quickly develop a very positive "windshield impression."

Business is growing in Luzerne County. Companies are rapidly emerging throughout the county, providing excellent opportunities and options for both visitors and residents. Luzerne County is a great place to start a business.

Access: Interstates 81, 80 and 476 pass through Luzerne County.

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Monroe County

Population: 168,128

Monroe County's proximity to large markets combined with the area's breathtaking natural environment position the county as a great place to do business.

As a unique four-season resort destination located in the Pocono Mountains and bi-sected by Interstate 80, businesses have easy access to the interstate highway system easily reaching their customers.

A large part of Monroe County's industry base remains recreation and tourism, but manufacturing, logistics, electronics, and pharmaceuticals also have a significant presence.

Whether you are contemplating a new economic venture or are looking to relocate an existing company, Monroe County offers the chance for your endeavors to flourish in a community that is second to none.

Access: Interstates 80 and 380 pass through Monroe County.

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Pike County

Population: 58,345

Pike County is only 90 minutes from New York City, with easy access to other key metropolitan markets via major roadways including I-84.

s Pike County boasts a diverse economy that features tourism, hospitality, real estate, healthcare, government, manufacturing and many other industries. Businesses are drawn here by its tremendous quality of life coupled with a lower cost of doing business enables all who do to prosper in a wonderful environment.

Pike County is dedicated to the development and growth of the business community, while ensuring that all who work there continue to enjoy living there as well. Pike County is one of the fastest growing counties in the Northeast over the last 5 decades.

Access: Interstate 84 and US 6 pass through Pike County.

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Schuylkill County

Population: 143,308

Schuylkill County is ideally located with quick access to one-quarter of the entire U.S. population. Driving to cities such as Allentown, Harrisburg and Scranton can be accomplished in one hour. Baltimore, MD; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; and Washington, D.C., are only three hours away.

Located along the bustling Interstate 81 corridor, Schuylkill County is a great choice for businesses that must get their products to market quickly.

Schuylkill County is just minutes away from Interstate 78, Interstate 80 and the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Access: Interstate 81 and US 209 pass through Schuylkill County.

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Wayne County

Population: 51,244

Wayne County is midway along the Boston-Washington corridor, at a point where access in all directions is easily obtained without having to fight traffic congestion.

The proximity to metro areas makes Wayne County one of the closest Pennsylvania locations to New York. Wayne County is home to highly skilled labor in the wood and metalworking industries with a growing number of technology and media workers moving into the area.

With a focus on creating walkable downtowns, by developing walking and biking trails, new residents are attracted to the natural outdoor spaces, brew pubs, interesting restaurants, and unique downtown shops.

Access: Interstates 84 and 380 pass through Wayne County.

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Wyoming County

Population: 26,389

Wyoming County is located in the Northeast corner of Pennsylvania and is known as “The Gateway to the Endless Mountains" of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Wyoming county is included in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton, PA MSA and the borough of Tunkhannock is the county seat. In the past, lumbering was carried on extensively. Today, many residents are employed by the Procter & Gamble plant in nearby Washington Township.

Historic Route 6 and the North Branch of the Susquehanna River both pass through the county.

Access: Pennsylvania Route 29, a continuation of PA-309 from Philadelphia and Allentown, connects to the New York state line providing north–south road connections by secondary highway while PA-92, and especially U.S. Route 6, provide major east–west secondary highway access to the region.

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1/3 of U.S. & 1/2 of Canada live Within a 1 day's drive
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5 Major Interstates I-80, I-81, I-84, I-380 & PA Turnpike 476
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2 Hours Drive To New York City & Philadelphia

NEPA Transportation

Northeastern Pennsylvania is a short driving distance to some of the largest metropolitan areas in the country including New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, and Boston.

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Interstate Access

"The Northeast's Interstate Hub"

The place where interstates 80, 81, 84, and 476 meet!

Five main interstates run directly through Northeastern Pennsylvania. These interstates make it possible for you to reach almost every part of the Northeast quickly.

Interstate 80 & I-81 Corridor

Interstate 80 is a transcontinental interstate running east to west. This interstate connects San Francisco, California, to the New York City Metropolitan Area.

Interstate 81 is a north-south interstate highway that intersects Interstate 80 in Northeastern PA. I-81 stretches from Dandridge, Tennessee to Fisher's Landing, New York at the United States/Canadian border.

I-476, I-84, & I-380

Interstates 476, 84, and 380 help connect our region to the rest of the eastern seaboard including Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston, and New York.

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Air Access

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport

Serves all of Northeastern PA!

Northeastern Pennsylvania's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport is located in the center of our region providing easy access to and from your business without the hassle of a larger airport. Regional, municipal, and other international airports are only a quick drive away.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (AVP)

AVP offers approximately 40 daily arrivals and departures to six major hubs with one-stop service to more than 450 destinations worldwide along with available cargo buildings.

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Rail Access

Two Class I Railroads

Norfolk Southern, Canadian Pacific, & several short lines all serve NEPA!

Northeastern Pennsylvania has a huge benefit of a strong rail system. Many rail carriers use parts of our region as a keystone for rail transportation across the country. Class one railroads, short line railroads, non-operator railroads and regional terminals are all located in our region. Several of NEPA's local business parks are rail served.

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Port Access

Some of the largest ports on the East Coast

are only 2 hours from NEPA!

Northeastern Pennsylvania is a short distance to some of the largest ports in the United States. The largest port complex on the East Coast, Port of New York/New Jersey, is located at the hub of the most concentrated and affluent consumer markets in the world, with immediate access to interstate highways and rail networks.


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