When people head to Pennsylvania, they’re typically looking for personal and professional growth opportunities, four beautiful seasons and just a generally classic way of life. Scranton, also known as the “Electric City” and located in the northeast section of the historic state, is the embodiment of all that and more. The seat of Lackawanna County, Scranton claimed permanent significance in the growth of our nation when in 1849 the Scranton brothers took a group of small rail lines and formed the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad. As a result, the area became a major player in steam engine transportation, and so Scranton began its rise. The area continued to thrive as a hub for coal and iron production, but has expanded its reach in recent years to become a major presence in the financial services and defense industries, in particular. Currently, the diverse area qualifies as a mid-sized city, but somehow still manages to nurture a small town mentality that residents crave and appreciate. Scranton homes for sale are currently listed at a median price of $88,000. Homes for sale in Scranton can be found in neighborhoods like lake-adjacent East Mountain and elite Upper Green Ridge.

Newcomers to Scranton should definitely take some time to become immersed in the historic and cultural significance of the city. Take a tour of the non-working Lackawanna Coal Mine in Scranton, complete with mine cart descent, for an eye-opening glimpse into history. The Steamtown National Historic Site is another must-see attraction, which features century-old locomotives on site, some of which offer yard shuttles, or even passenger excursions! The Trolley Museum is a particularly family friendly stop, where visitors can appreciate displays of vintage trolleys, fun rides for the kids and interactive exhibits. The Houdini Museum is another mind-blowing experience that people of all ages visit time and again.

Once you’ve become acquainted with the Scranton of yesteryear, get to know the city as it stands today by hiking or biking any of the area trails, or splashing around Lake Scranton. The area also boasts any number of over-the-top festivals, including La Festa Italiana, a multi-day event that celebrates Italian food and culture, as well as the hugely popular Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, Lackawanna Arts Fest, Jessup Carnival and the Peach Music Festival, to name a few. Of course, make time to visit revitalized downtown Scranton, which is a delight for foodies and shoppers alike.