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Overview of Scranton

According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Scranton, Penn., had a population of 76,089 in 2010. Scranton has become a household name in recent years, as it is the setting of the popular television series "The Office." Those searching for Scranton apartments for rent will realize that there is more to Scranton than its TV fame.

Scranton is a historic and dynamic city with a past, present and future. The city has experienced dramatic restoration in recent years and continues to form its image as an up-and-coming city.

In 1786, the Abbott brothers became the first European inhabitants to settle in the Scranton area. A gristmill and a charcoal furnace brought industry to the area, and iron manufacturing became a common practice. The Scranton brothers came to the area in 1840, building the furnace that would become the Lackawanna Iron and Steel Company, for which Lackawanna County is named. The city's first name was Harrison, but it was later changed to Scrantonia before being shortened to Scranton. The coal industry continued to thrive in Scranton until after World War II, when oil and gas became primary energy sources. In recent decades, Scranton has had to be creative with its economy, which has led to both tough times and rewarding struggles. In modern times, Scranton continues to forge an identity for itself as an economically stable and enjoyable city.

Living in Scranton, PA

Located at the base of the Poconos Mountains, Scranton is seen by many as a hidden jewel. Though it is more affordable than many regional cities, Scranton is located a few hours' drive from both New York City and Philadelphia. Scranton is neither trendy nor outdated. The city's age demographics are natural and spaced out, with a city-wide median age of 37.9 years. Additionally, the city's household demographics are relatively diverse: About 57 percent of households are made up of families, while 35 percent of households are made up of singles.

Scranton residents enjoy a variety of parks and community spaces, such as Allen Park, Grace Street Playground, Jackson Terrace Park and the Jim Crowley Recreation Site. The city's 25-plus parks provide playground space, basketball courts, swimming pools, picnic sites, hiking trails, soccer fields and more. Scranton's small-city nature allows for a community vibe. Residents participate in events like 5K run/walks, concerts, Shakespeare festivals and more.

Scranton Work and Study

Scranton is home to numerous colleges and universities. University of Scranton, Marywood University, Lackawanna College, Johnson College, Allied Medical and Technical Institute, Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County, The Commonwealth Medical College and Yeshivath Beth Moshe are located within Scranton. Other options, such as King's College and Wilkes University, are located about 15 miles from Scranton in Wilkes-Barre.

Scranton serves as a regional employment hub, so many regional workers commute to Scranton for work on a daily basis. In fact, the city sees its population increase by about 13 percent during workdays. Numerous companies are based in or have offices in Scranton, such as Proctor & Gamble, AT&T, Cigna Health Care and Alliance Fund Services.

Rentals in Scranton, PA and Cost of Living

Those searching for Scranton rentals will be happy to note that the cost of living index in Scranton is 95.4, which is 4.6 percent lower than the U.S. average. Additionally, Scranton has a healthy rental market: 48.7 percent of Scranton homes are renter-occupied units. Scranton apartments are generally affordable, as the median gross rent in the city is $691 per month.

Scranton Attractions and Special Events

Visitors and residents enjoy touring the Lackawanna Coal Mine, which provides insight into the city's history as a coal-producing region. History can also be explored at the Steamtown National Historic Site, where train enthusiasts and history buffs alike can learn about the nation's rail history.

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