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Clockwise from top left: Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Pittston (Greater Pittston), and Hazleton
Northeastern Pennsylvania
Northeastern Pennsylvania
Country United States
Commonwealth Pennsylvania
Largest city Scranton
Other cities (By population)
 • Total 8,426 sq mi (21,820 km2)
 (2010 Estimate)
 • Total 1,349,698
Time zone UTC−5 (ET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)

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.

The region overlaps with the Pocono Mountains, the Endless Mountains, the Wyoming Valley, the Coal Region, Pennsylvania Dutch Country, and, by some definitions, the Lehigh Valley.

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

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Hotel of the Mohegan Sun Casino

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.

An aerial view of Pocono Raceway
Aerial View of Blue Mountain Ski Area
Eckley Miners' Village
Steamtown National Historic Site

Educational institutions

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Administration Building, King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 2014

Many well-known universities are located in northeastern Pennsylvania. Penn State operates campuses in the Wilkes-Barre area, near Scranton and in Hazleton. Colleges in the Scranton area include Marywood University in Dunmore, Lackawanna College in downtown Scranton, and the University of Scranton, in downtown Scranton. Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine is the region's only medical school and specifically recruits students from NEPA and surrounding counties.

Wilkes-Barre area colleges include Wilkes University in downtown Wilkes-Barre, King's College also in downtown Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke, and Misericordia University in Dallas.

Keystone College in La Plume, St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan Township, Clarks Summit University (formerly Baptist Bible College & Seminary) in Clarks Summit, Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, and East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg are among the other colleges in the area.

Three college preparatory schools are located in northeastern Pennsylvania as well. These include the campus of Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Scranton Preparatory School in Scranton, and MMI Preparatory School in Freeland.

Five Catholic high schools are located in northeastern Pennsylvania. They include Holy Cross High School in Dunmore, which primarily serves Lackawanna County, Luzerne County, Wayne County, Pike County, Susquehanna County, Wyoming County, and Monroe County. The second school is Holy Redeemer High School in Wilkes-Barre, which serves primarily Luzerne County and Wyoming County. The third school is Notre Dame High School, which is located in Stroudsburg. It primarily serves Monroe County. The fourth school is Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School, which is located near the city of Shamokin. The fifth school is St. Gregory the Great Academy, which is a boarding school for boys grades 9-12, specializing in classical education, and located in Elmhurst Township.

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