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Northeastern Pennsylvania is…

Superb Quality of Life in a High-Quality Location


When you join the thousands of people already living in Northeastern Pennsylvania, you’ll see why we think it’s the greatest place to live and work. 

Northeastern Pennsylvania is…

Living your Best Life


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


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


Beautiful lakes, rivers, and forests; Pocono trails and ski slopes; dozens of golf courses; and everything from kayaking to rock climbing to the Northeastern United States’ best fly fishing is right here - making us the Mid-Atlantic’s mountain playground.


The NEPA region is only a two-hour drive from both New York City and Philadelphia. We adjoin the Northeast megalopolis, but we’re just far enough away not to be subject to our neighbors’ threat profile, overcrowded highways, and extreme housing prices so you can enjoy your best life.

Northeastern Pennsylvania is…

Nature Oriented


Northeastern Pennsylvania’s abundant natural resources make it easy for residents to enjoy a leisurely walk through local parks, a rigorous hike on mountain trails, or enjoying one of the many lakes and rivers in every county in NEPA.


Our region consists of 1 National Recreation Area, 18 State Parks, 3 State Forests, 4,700 miles of rivers and streams, and 75 square miles of lakes and ponds!

Northeastern Pennsylvania is…

Wilderness & Rustic Vacations


Our lakes, ski areas, and resorts draw thousands of visitors seeking less-rustic vacations. Others choose wilderness-oriented pursuits, such as hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, rafting, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and other low-impact recreational activities.


Just in the four Pocono Mountain counties alone, visitation translates to more than 9.1 million overnight trips and 15.9 million day trips annually. Several areas of our region have been noted as top areas for outdoor sports and recreation.

Northeastern Pennsylvania is…

Spectator Sports at its Finest


NASCAR racing at Pocono Raceway.


Professional minor-league baseball, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at PNC Field in Moosic. (Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees)


Professional minor-league hockey, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre. (AHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins)

Northeastern Pennsylvania is…

Community Based


Communities such as Jim Thorpe and Stroudsburg helped to pioneer Pennsylvania’s Main Street revitalization efforts, reviving once-dormant downtowns with new economic activity.


Today, downtown revitalization is transforming the region’s largest cities, as Carbondale, Hazleton, Pittston, Pottsville, Scranton, and Wilkes-Barre are working to create downtowns that are points of pride for their communities, with new activity centers and amenities that attract workers, residents, and visitors.

Northeastern Pennsylvania is…

All Four Seasons


Northeastern Pennsylvania is one of the few areas in the country that experience all four seasons. Our average temperatures range from the mid-20's in the winter to the low 80's in the summer, giving NEPA residents the best part of all the seasons.


Our winters are snowy and our summers are warm; we get a crisp autumn with a refreshing mild spring.

‚ÄčNortheastern Pennsylvania is…

Safe Metro Areas


Sperling's Best has consistently ranked Scranton-Wilkes-Barre-Hazleton area as one of the safest metropolitan areas in the country.

Northeastern Pennsylvania is…

Incomparable Nightlife


Your weekends will be anything but boring in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Our nightlife is incomparable with top rated casinos featuring slot machines, live table games and night clubs. Several arenas, both indoor and outdoor, for concert fans; from small artists to big name headliners.

Northeastern Pennsylvania is…

Rich of Culture


Several venues host theatrical performances including off Broadway productions and plays. During our warm season, you’ll find your weekends filled with festivals, parades and events where you can sample local cuisine, tour wineries and engulf yourself in a region rich of culture.



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