Quality of Life
Lackawanna County offers very high quality of life at a lower cost than similar small and mid-sized cities. Our region offers affordable housing, strong education systems, reliable healthcare, and short commute times from safe communities along with abundant recreational and cultural activities.

Cost of Living

Lackawanna County's cost of living compares favorably to similar sized regions and is significantly less than major Northeast metropolitan areas. Residents enjoy high standard of living at an affordable price and a housing market that is one of the most affordable on the East Coast.

Incomes compared to $50,000 in Scranton, PA
Metro Area Income Needed
Scranton, PA $50,000
Pittsburgh, PA $55,104
Somerset, NJ $58,580
Baltimore, MD $56,698
Philadelphia, PA $68,642
Boston, MA $80,096
Washington, DC $85,912
Manhattan, NY $97,896



Healthcare investments of nearly $400 million by the Commonwealth Medical College, Geisinger Health Systems, Commonwealth Health Systems, and the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education have redefined Lackawanna County's position as national healthcare educator and provider. Combined there are twenty-one hospitals and 1,000 patient-treating physicians in Northeast Pennsylvania.


Lackawanna County is home to a growing arts scene of galleries and museums that feature local and visiting artists. Municipalities throughout the County also host monthly Art Walks where galleries and shops extend exhibit hours and offer food and live entertainment.


Performing arts centers such as the Toyota Pavilion at Montage and Scranton Cultural Center attract top artists and shows, and Lackawanna County's brand new, $43 million PNC Field is home to the SWB RailRiders, New York Yankees' Triple-A baseball affiliate.



Lackawanna County's proximity to nature, diverse topography, and four seasons of weather combine to offer the perfect setting for outdoor recreation. Runners, hikers, and hunters alike enjoy our region's rolling hills and lush forests, while skiers and snowboarders take over the mountains each winter. During warmer months, our streams and lakes are teaming with swimmers and fishermen while renowned golf courses such as Glenmaura National challenge talent from all over the Country.