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A+ Scranton Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B Scranton Cost of Living Cost of living is 9% lower than Pennsylvania
9010% less expensive than the US average
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Scranton cost of living
B Scranton Crime Total crime is 66% higher than Pennsylvania
Total crime
2,97615% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3415% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
20%Year over year crime is up
Scranton crime
D- Scranton Employment Household income is 30% lower than Pennsylvania
Median household income
$38,23231% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$20,44731% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%5% lower than the US average
Scranton employment
F Scranton Housing Home value is 38% lower than Pennsylvania
Median home value
$104,50043% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$71724% lower than the US average
Home ownership
51%20% lower than the US average
Scranton real estate or Scranton rentals
F Scranton Schools HS graduation rate is 6% lower than Pennsylvania
High school grad. rates
80%3% lower than the US average
School test scores
35%28% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:111% lower than the US average
Scranton K-12 schools or Scranton colleges

Living in Scranton, PA

Located in the state of Pennsylvania, Scranton is a mid-sized city with a population of 76,380 residents. With a population density of 3,018 people per square mile, Scranton is well above the nation's average density level. The majority of Scranton residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Black and Asian.

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very daunting task. However, it could also be a great experience if you are willing to get to know the area before actually living in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Finding the best places to live in Scranton and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, cost of living, housing and other important metrics.

Scranton, PA receives 67/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #1,179 in Pennsylvania and #14,689 in the USA. If we take a closer look at each of the categories on their own, we see that Scranton ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (B-) and cost of living (B). The bad news for Scranton, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: weather (D), education (F), employment (D-) and housing (F).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Scranton on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Scranton: Steamtown National Historic Site, Lackawanna County Coal Mine, and Houdini Museum.

Assuming that Scranton meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Scranton. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Scranton are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Scranton come in at $104,500, which is 37.7% lower than the Pennsylvania average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Scranton, the home price to income ratio is 2.7, which is 12.9% lower than the Pennsylvania average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Scranton area were 7% and 5 year appreciation rates were -0.6%.

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Safe and has the essentials

Safe, especially for a city. Minooka is the safest section of the city. Public transit is accessible. International airport and buses take tou anywhere you want to go. Great food. Cost of living isn't as high as most places. Not far from Philadelphia or New York City (2 hours from each). Downtown is growing. 3 hospitals in the city.
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Amazing little place

I came here when I was 9. It was such a fun time for me the mall,a Thanksgiving festival at the time, and the friendly people. Went to scranton last week and was just as happy as I was 5 years ago
  • 5 0
Safe, Spectacular nightlife

Born and raised in Scranton and I adore it! Scranton is safe, spectacular nightlife, 2 hrs to NYC, Philadelphia. Lots of attractions in Scranton (Montage Mtn, Steamtown Museum, Nay Aug Park). It's cheaper to live here compared to New York/New Jersey, but worth it! It's a great area for families and upscale businesses. Overall, fun place to live.
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A very welcoming city

I came to the United States in 2002 from Italy. We settled in NYC, then Queens, then Long Island then to Scranton, PA. We moved here because it is a great place to live in with lower taxes. Scranton is very old city and this town has been always safe and friendly place. There is Nay Aug Park, Steamtown Museum and much more family attractions. I like Scranton because it is a humble city. My neighborhood is under revitalization filled with great neighbors. We always care for each other and I always feel like I am welcome here and this is my home.
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Scranton is a Great Place to live!

Scranton is a great city with allot to offer. Very clean, friendly, and convenient to everything you need. It also nice that it is only 2 hours to Philly or NYC. Scranton is rated most affordable city with the best schools and no crime. There is also top notch healthcare at Geisinger CMC. Allot of people are moving here due to all the above which is making it more diverse :) It is growing fast so if your planning on buying a low cost home here now is the time while it is still cheap. It would be a wonderful investment!
  • 4 0
Great place for white conservatives to live.

Pros:Cost of living is low. Crime is low. Weather is fine, no extremes really. Public transportation is very slow and ends at about 5:30pm. If you are a white conservative, on low income, this is your heaven. Good for retirees, lots of apartments available for the elderly, medical care isn't far from anywhere. Cons:Scranton is an over 80% white community. It hasn't had a lot of experience with other races. To me Scranton being an older community with low education, it's in sort of a time capsule. The way people speak dress and act is sort of 1950s , so its a sort of covert racism that you'll get here and being a relatively small community with limited job opportunity, finding a good job without having a connection, is going to be very difficult.
  • 2 -1
Nicely put : Stay away or leave if you can.

Scranton Pa, where to start? Don't believe all that's written. There is very little industry left, in fact a job that pays a livable wage is nearly non-existent. The area has plenty of food service and retail jobs, but sadly little else. Then there's the city itself, higher than average taxes for lower than average services. The city itself is slowly sliding into a bankruptcy situation as it owes much more money out than it's bringing in even with local taxes that are higher than Philadelphia PA. That being said the management of the city and it's school district are as corrupt as you will find. Talk to locals and most will tell you they are waiting for big arrests on these folks. Speaking of arrests, most crime in the city go unreported except very large ones so stats are unreliable. To sum it up, there are much better places to go.
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Scranton, PA - In The Pocono Mountains

My wife and I spent a week in Scranton at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel. The hotel is a historic landmark that once was a train station. The inside is beautiful and has a great restaurant and both a wine bar and a regular bar. The hotel was definitely on par with other 4 or 5 star hotels but had rates comparable to a 2 or 3 star hotel. Scranton is located in the beautiful Pocono mountains and due to that the highways go through a lot of twists and turns. The city of Scranton is kind of difficult to find your way around but the people are very helpful with directions.

There are a lot of stores in the area including some awesome small neighborhood grocery stores. The restaurants seemed a bit pricey but the food was good. We had a lot of fun just looking around. The whole area is beautiful and Scranton is pretty high up on a mountain so you can see for miles around. There is a lot to do both in the city and the surrounding countryside. I look forward to visiting Scranton again.
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