Scranton is an important manufacturing city and the seat of Lackawanna County. It is located on the Lackawanna River in northeastern Pennsylvania. With its sister city Wilkes-Barre it is a hub of a metropolitan area of over half a million people.
The city was settled in the 1780s and was named for George W. Scranton, founder of an ironworks there in 1840. Coal mining became the chief industry around 1900, but experienced a permanent decline from the 1920s through the 1950s.
More broad than tall, Scranton's skyline may seem only modestly impressive at first glance. Closer inspection, however, reveals a treasury of mid-rise buildings reflecting the city's economic success of the early 20th century as well as the social concerns of the 1960s and 70s.
With the rise in real estate prices in recent years, Scranton has become attractive to value seekers from the New York and Philadelphia areas. As energy prices climb as well, anthracite could again become an economical alternative and Scranton's fortunes could take a turn for the better.