Nestled in the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania, coal was discovered in Hazleton in 1818 and helped establish the U.S. as a world industrial power, leading to Hazleton becoming the third city in the country to build a city-wide electric grid in 1891. Today, Northeast PA offers everything for a growing family: exciting outdoor hiking in three state parks, water sports on the great Susquehanna River, Knoebels Amusement Park, ski slopes in the Poconos and the culture of New York City and Philadelphia – both just 2.5 hours away.
There is no shortage of things to do in Northeast PA, starting with the ten regional parks and outdoor sporting locations, including Edgewood in the Pines Golf Course and beautiful Hickory Run State Park. Annual festivals like September's FunFest, with a craft show, car show, and local bands, is a family highlight.
Northeast PA offers many options in higher education, from a focus on business and technology at McCann, to a broad range of associate's degrees in everything from liberal arts to medical technology at Penn State Hazleton. There are also industry-specific degrees to be earned at the School of Petroleum & Natural Gas for family members working with companies around the Marcellus Shale.