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Lackawanna County

Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania

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Lackawanna County is home to the city of Scranton, Northeastern Pennsylvania's largest city. From fueling the Industrial Revolution to fueling new and innovative entrepreneurial small businesses across various business sectors, Lackawanna County continues to be on the cutting edge of society and it’s future remains bright.


Lackawanna County is included in the Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area ("Wyoming Valley"). It is the second-largest county within the metropolitan area. It lies northwest of the Pocono Mountains. 


Interstates 81, 84, 380 and 476 converge in Lackawanna County, while Interstate 80 is less than 30 minutes away. New York City, Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Syracuse are a little more than two hours away.


Lackawanna County offers its residents a whole lot of everything, including a low cost of living, a high quality of life and superior educational and healthcare systems. Situated in a region that boasts a low crime rate, residents enjoy affordable housing and a growing number of shopping, cultural and recreational facilities. 


Close to 200,000 people every year flock to Montage Mountain! Montage offers NEPA residents with concerts to waterparks and skiing! Consistently ranked by Snow Country Magazine as one of the best snowmaking resorts in the Mid-Atlantic region, it has over 140 acres of terrain and 21 trails and is host to all kinds of skiers each season.


The largest vein of anthracite coal in the world is under the Lackawanna Valley. Most of the coal is still there.


The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders is the New York Yankees AAA minor league affiliate in NEPA. They play at PNC Field in Moosic every spring, summer and fall.


Lackawanna County also boasts dozens of golf courses, lakes and camp grounds to fit the tastes of all outdoor lovers. 


Lackawanna County History


Lackawanna County is a region that was developed for iron production and anthracite coal mining in the nineteenth century, with its peak of coal production reached in the mid-20th century. Scranton, then still part of Luzerne County, became a center of mining and industry. It was the site of the Lackawanna Iron and Coal Company, which later began to produce steel using the Bessemer process. In 1877 at the time of the Scranton General Strike, the company was managed by William Walker Scranton, whose father had been president until his death in 1872. Two of his cousins had been founders of the company and the city.


The county was created on August 13, 1878, following decades of trying to gain its independence from Luzerne County. It is Pennsylvania's last county to be created, and the only one created after the Civil War. It is named for the Lackawanna River.


Lackawanna County Resources


Lackawanna County, PA

Scranton, PA

The Scranton Plan

The Scranton Chamber of Commerce

Lackawanna County Visitors Bureau


Lackawanna County Stats


Population: 210,652

Towns: Scranton, Dunmore, Carbondale, Clarks Summit, Dickson City, Old Forge, Moosic, Jessup and Olyphant

Current Unemployment Rate: 7.3% (January 2020)

Civilian Labor Force: 99,200

Median Household Income: $53,826

Major Employers: The University of Scranton, Bank of America,, Penn Foster, Lockheed Martin Corp., Gentex Corp., TMG Health, Mclane

Total Employer Establishments: 5,609

Mean Commute Time: 22 Minutes

Access: Interstates 81, 84, 380 and 476 converge in Lackawanna County, while Interstate 80 is less than 30 minutes away. New York City, Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Syracuse are a little more than two hours away.

Updated as of January 2020


Penn's Northeast's Lackawanna County Partners:

The Scranton Plan 

222 Mulberry St, Scranton, PA 18503

(570) 342-7711


The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce

222 Mulberry St, Scranton, PA 18503

(570) 342-7711


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