Northeastern Pennsylvania facts for kids
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|• Total||8,426 sq mi (21,820 km2)|
|Population (2010 Estimate)|
|Time zone||ET (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) is a geographic region of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania that includes the Pocono Mountains, the Endless Mountains, and the industrial cities of Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Pittston, Hazleton, Nanticoke, and Carbondale. A portion of this region constitutes a part of the New York City metropolitan area. Unlike some other parts of the Rust Belt, some of these communities are experiencing a modest population increase. Some parts of the region, specifically Monroe and Pike counties, rank among the fastest growing areas of the state.
The counties that comprise northeastern Pennsylvania are Bradford County, Carbon County, Columbia County, Lackawanna County, Luzerne County, Monroe County, Montour County, Northumberland County, Pike County, Schuylkill County, Sullivan County, Susquehanna County, Wayne County and Wyoming County.
|County||2015 Population||2010 Population||Area|
|Bradford County||61,281||62,622||1,161 sq mi (3,007 km2)|
|Carbon County||63,960||65,249||387 sq mi (1,002 km2)|
|Columbia County||66,672||67,295||490 sq mi (1,269 km2)|
|Lackawanna County||211,917||214,437||465 sq mi (1,204 km2)|
|Luzerne County||318,449||320,918||906 sq mi (2,350 km2)|
|Monroe County||166,397||169,842||617 sq mi (1,598 km2)|
|Montour County||18,557||18,267||132 sq mi (342 km2)|
|Northumberland County||93,246||94,528||478 sq mi (1,238 km2)|
|Pike County||55,949||57,369||567 sq mi (1,469 km2)|
|Schuylkill County||144,590||148,289||783 sq mi (2,028 km2)|
|Sullivan County||6,328||6,428||452 sq mi (1,171 km2)|
|Susquehanna County||41,666||43,356||832 sq mi (2,155 km2)|
|Wayne County||51,198||52,822||751 sq mi (1,945 km2)|
|Wyoming County||27,800||28,276||405 sq mi (1,049 km2)|
|Total||1,328,010||1,349,698||8,426 sq mi (21,823 km2)|
Green: the largest county by area; Yellow: the most populous county
Attractions and entertainment
Northeastern Pennsylvania is home to several attractions. PNC Field in Moosic hosts the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the AAA affiliate to Major League Baseball's New York Yankees. Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre hosts the American Hockey League's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and previously hosted the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers of Af2 arena football. Pocono Raceway in Long Pond holds two NASCAR races annually. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Plains was Pennsylvania's first casino. Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mount Pocono also offers gambling. Skiers can find several slopes in the area, including Blue Mountain Ski Resort, east of Palmerton, Montage Mountain Ski Resort in Scranton and Camelback Ski Area in Tannersville. Camelbeach Waterpark, an outdoor water park, is located in Tannersville. There are also several attractions that explore the region's industrial history. Eckley Miners' Village near Hazleton and the Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour in Scranton highlight coal mining history, while Steamtown National Historic Site and the Electric City Trolley Museum, both in Scranton, focus on transportation history. The Houdini Museum in Scranton follows Houdini's exploits in the area, as well as the rest of the world, and is the only building in the world dedicated to the legendary escape artist. The Scranton Ghost Walk attraction tells of Scranton's paranormal history. 1433 N. Main Avenue home of the longest running seance event in the United States, called "Haunted! Mysteries of THE Beyond!" was picked by the Pennsylvania Department of tourism as one of the most haunted places in the state.
Northeastern Pennsylvania is also home to the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and is the only arts and education organization in Northeastern Pennsylvania to successfully develop a multi-county base of support. Each year the Philharmonic introduces classical music to thousands of children and other new audiences through innovative programming like their Young People’s Concerts, which offers a coordinated multi-disciplinary educational program. The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic also offer open rehearsals with an educational component, a piano competition and special events for families.
The Philharmonic presents two performances of each of their concerts- one in Scranton and one in Wilkes-Barre. Their concert series include classical and pop-themed performance programs, Independence Day concerts are offered free of charge to the community, and holiday performances incorporating local choral and dance groups.
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