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Community Profile: Greater Hazleton Area

Welcome to the Greater Hazleton Area!

Hazleton owes its inception to the mining and canal operations that span back to the 1830s, which in turn laid the groundwork for an economy that is now based largely on manufacturing, distribution, and healthcare. The “Mountain City” of Hazleton was originally supposed to be spelled “Hazelton”, but a recording error was made when the city was incorporated and the spelling stuck ever since. Hazleton offers reasonably priced housing, rents, and good job availability and is home to many fine restaurants, shops, and festivals. Check out the annual Hazleton Funfest street festival and see what it means to have an enjoyable time in this community!

Available housing in the area is varied, from historic homes built during the city’s early industrial periods to newer builds or modernized homes. Whether looking for your next home project or a place to just put up your feet, you’ll find something in the Greater Hazleton Area. As you’re searching for your home, you’ll certainly work up an appetite, so head to Senape’s for its signature “pitza”, which is similar to a Sicilian-style pizza, served cold! Order it with “scamutz”, a locally made cheese, and you won’t be disappointed.

Penn State Hazleton, Sugarloaf Twp.

 

Just outside of downtown Hazleton is Sugarloaf Township, which houses Penn State Hazleton, a satellite campus that keeps students ahead of the curve. With youth, teen, adult, and professional development programs, Penn State Hazleton has programs for the whole family. Stop by to check out the campus’s beautiful facilities that overlook the Conyngham Valley.

Speaking of Conyngham, this friendly borough just northwest of Hazleton offers residents a community pool and recreation center, frequent community parades and festivals, movie nights in the park, and educational community programs. This small but mighty community certainly enjoys fun and recreation together.

Conyngham Brewing Company, Conyngham

 

Conyngham also offers visitors and residents a microbrewery right in their own community. Locals love to “Live Free and Drink Beer” at Conyngham Brewing Company, which has been gaining in popularity with its interesting and wide selection of brews.

While you’re in the area, head to Eagle Rock Resort, in Black Creek Township, where in spring, summer, winter, or fall, they have it all! Ski and snow tube in the winter; golf in the spring, summer, or fall; attend the Fall Festival (open to the public); and swing your partner at summer hoedowns. There are also lovely, affordable homes with resort-style amenities available here.

Top of the 80’s, Hazleton

 

East of Black Creek Township is West Hazleton. For the best views of Greater Hazleton, head to Top of the 80’s, located at the juncture of I-81 and I-80. Or, for more casual and absolutely authentic and delicious Mexican food, try the raved-about Taqueria J. Zapata Taco Truck.

To the east of Hazleton is Foster Township, where you’ll find Eckley Miners’ Village, a former anthracite coal mining patch town that is now a museum to show visitors how mine workers lived in the late 19th century. It was also the set for the movie The Molly Maguire’s, which means you can actually walk where Sean Connery and Richard Harris did while learning more about the history of your new hometown!

Soar to new personal heights in the Greater Hazleton Area!

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