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Scranton Travel Guide, Pennsylvania

Scranton, PA US – Overview: The Electric City

Scranton is the county seat of Lackawanna County. With a population of over 77,000, it ranks seventh in Pennsylvania. Scranton, which was incorporated on April 23, 1866, is also the cultural and geographical center of Lackawanna River Valley.

The city of steels

To produce T-Rails, the Lackawanna Steel Company was founded in 1840. In 1851, ‘The Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad’ was established. To add to the growth, the Delaware and Hudson was founded in 1863. In 1886, the first trolley system of the country was established. It was an electrified streetcar because of which the city came to be known as ‘the electric city.’


Scranton has an area of 26 square miles under its hold. The city is situated on hills and is surrounded by mountains from west to east. The city is divided into four zones namely, South Side, North Scranton, West Side and Hill Section.

About the people in Scranton

Scranton flaunts a population of around 77,000 in its area and has an average of 1,400 houses per square mile. The city is composed of different cultures and the proof of that is the presence of various natives: Whites, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, African Americans, Hispanics and Latinos. Irish, Welsh, Italians, Polish and English are the ancestries of the city.


Baseball is the most popular game in Scranton and the city has hosted many leagues like Eastern League and Pennsylvania State League. PNC field is the home ground of the Yankees in the Major League Baseball. Soccer and hockey are also famous amongst the people living in the city.

Art & Culture

When it comes to artworks, the city of Scranton is well blessed. Amongst the museums famous for featuring exhibits and arts collection are Everhart Museum and Houdini Museum. Both of them have a large collection from the present and the past of Scranton. Amongst annual festivals, Saint Patrick’s Day and Steam Town Marathon are very famous. Shopping and music form an integral part of the culture in Scranton.

There are numerous shopping malls in the city, which serve as a popular hangout for its locals. Toyota Pavilion, which is popular for hosting music and other popular events, is the largest amphitheatre in the city with a capacity of almost 18,000.

Scranton has enough options to make you have a wonderful vacation and at the same time, be eager to go for more.

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