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Carbon County

Carbon County, Pennsylvania

"DISCOVER YOUR BOLD in Carbon County..."


Located an hour north of Philadelphia and 90 minutes west of New York City, you’ll find Carbon County, Pennsylvania. Nestled among various mountains and valleys, and the winding Lehigh River, the county is home to Jim Thorpe, our county seat, well as several state parks, towns, such as: Palmerton, Lehighton, Weatherly, Nesquehoning, Summit Hill, Lansford, Albrightsville and Lake Harmony. You'll find entrepreneurs and small businesses to large corporations in a variety of industries in Carbon County. 


Carbon County is experiencing growth in population and industry primarily related to the westward movement of the East Coast metropolitan area. In the last several years, the growth has been primarily due to the growth of the Pocono Mountain region with the opening of the last portion of Interstate 78 into Pennsylvania, opening up a second and faster direct route into the New York metropolitan area from eastern and central Pennsylvania.


Carbon County is home to several large resorts and numerous other destination locations. Outdoor recreation activities range from snow skiing to white water rafting to hiking. The Lehigh Gorge State Park provides recreational adventures for outdoor enthusiasts. Over 2/3 of Carbon County is State Game Land and State Park Land. Jim Thorpe is a thriving tourism destination location with numerous events held year round. Industrial land is primarily located in Nesquehoning and Palmerton. Several large industries are located in Carbon County providing significant employment opportunities.


Over 2/3 of the county is State Game Land & State Park Land. The attractive rural landscape attracts thousands of visitors each year to a county rich in heritage & history. The county boasts of its quality of life and it attracts both families and businesses to our region.

Carbon County Resources


Carbon County, PA

Carbon County Chamber & Economic Development

Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency

Carbon Careerlink

Carbon County Stats


Population: 63,853

Towns: Jim Thorpe, Palmerton, Lehighton, Weatherly, Nesquehoning, Summit Hill, Lansford, Albrightsville and Lake Harmony

Current Unemployment Rate: 6.5% (December 2020)

Civilian Labor Force: 31,357

Per Capita Income: $29,202

Median Household Income: $53,624

Major Employers: Saint Luke's Hospital, Blue Mountain Resort, Kovatch Mobile Equipment, JFBB Ski Areas Inc. and Wal-Mart Associates

Total Employer Establishments: 1,266

Mean Commute Time: 31.9 Minutes

Location: Carbon County is 90 miles west of New York City and 90 miles northeast of Philadelphia, the County is bordered on the north by Luzerne County, on the east by Monroe County, on the west by Schuylkill County and on the south by Lehigh and Northampton Counties. The northern and eastern portions of the County are part of the Pocono Mountains region of the Commonwealth.

Access: Interstate 476 & Interstate 80 pass through Carbon County as well as State Route 209.



Penn's Northeast's Carbon County Partner:



Carbon Chamber & Economic Development

137 South Street

Lehighton, PA 18235




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