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Welcome to The Greater Hazleton Area

Get to know NEPA! From its quiet, rural villages to its bustling small cities to its historic towns, our little corner of Pennsylvania offers something for everyone — whether it’s all about work, play or just having that place to call home. Follow along as we take a closer look at all of NEPA’s convenient, safe, affordable and family-friendly places to live.

Building a Better Future Together


A region on the move.

The Greater Hazleton Area is one of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s most diverse, fastest growing and economically transformative regions. The area fills out the southern corner of Luzerne County and consists of a larger grouping of closely connected and conveniently-located cities, townships and boroughs.

The City of Hazleton, long ago nicknamed “The Mountain City,” serves as the central hub of the region. From there, the Greater Hazleton Area radiates outward to include Hazle Township, West Hazleton, Butler Township, Drums and the Borough of Conyngham. The area also incorporates smaller, suburban communities like McAdoo, Freeland, Sugarloaf and Foster Township, to name just a few.

Living in The Greater Hazleton Area

A view of Downtown Hazleton during Funfest, Hazleton, PA


Pastoral farmlands, quiet, small towns and a thriving, major city in the making.

Abundant and affordable housing, friendly, diverse communities and a low cost of living remain one of the Greater Hazleton Area’s strongest selling points. Available housing in the area varies, from historic homes built during the city’s early industrial periods to new builds and modernized restorations.

From all over, families, professionals, a young, energetic workforce have settled on the Greater Hazleton Area in their search for a more accessible, a more attainable and a significantly less stressful quality of life.


Hazleton Fire Dept. at Hazleton Funfest, Hazleton, PA


Communities in the Greater Hazleton Area enjoy access to reliable public transportation. Close proximity to six major interstate highways and the PA Turnpike makes a convenient commute one of the region’s most significant attributes. Most of the Poconos, Wilkes-Barre and Scranton are within a 30-minute drive. It’s also just a short road trip to the Lehigh Valley, New York City and Philadelphia.

Safe and secure communities are a top priority in the Greater Hazleton Area. Local police, PA State Police, a mix of professional, full-time and volunteer fire departments and ambulance services work together throughout the region. Geisinger Health System and the Lehigh Valley Health Network serve all parts of the region through outpatient facilities and the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Hazleton.


Penn State University Hazleton Campus, Sugarloaf Twp., PA

Every community in the Greater Hazleton Area is served by the Hazleton Area School District. Thirteen school buildings make up what is one of the largest public-school systems in the Commonwealth. The district includes 10 elementary and middle schools and 3 state-of-the-art high school buildings. There are also several private and parochial school options within the district.

The region is also home to three, affordable and easily-accessible colleges – Penn State University’s Hazleton Campus in Sugarloaf Twp., Lackawanna College and Luzerne County Community College, both in Hazleton. And with convenient interstate access, students in the Greater Hazleton Area are also well within reach of NEPA’s other 15 colleges and universities.


Humboldt Industrial Park, Hazle Twp., PA


Decades of targeted economic development have made working or owning a business in the Greater Hazleton Area a smart choice. A strong geographical advantage, proximity to highway, rail and air travel, forward-thinking leadership and access to a robust, energetic workforce have inspired a regional boom of interest, investment and development.

The 14.3 million square foot Humboldt Industrial Park in Hazle Twp. and East Union Twp. stands as a perfect example of the Greater Hazleton Area’s supportive economic environment. Nearly 60 industries, and many household names, call the sprawling industrial park home.

Out & About in The Greater Hazleton Area

Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails, Hazle Twp., PA


At the foothills of the Pocono Mountains.

Getting outside in the Greater Hazleton Area is easy. There are ample opportunities to hit the trail, hop on the bike, drop a line or take in the natural scenery. The Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails offers a scenic, easy-grade trail for walking, running or cycling year-round.

Hazle Township Community Park is one of the Greater Hazleton Area’s largest green spaces. The park features sports fields, playgrounds, picnic areas, trails, a pavilion and Lake Irena. Most of the towns and boroughs within the region feature community parks, pools and gathering spaces.


Top of the 80’s, Hazleton, PA


From its rural reaches to its vibrant downtowns, the Greater Hazleton Area offers a little something for everyone when it comes to having fun. The Pennsylvania Theater of Performing Arts in Hazleton regularly features local renditions of beloved classics for the community. Eckley Miner’s Village in Foster Twp. offers a glimpse into a real, working coal town from the early 19th century.

And if you’re out and about, you might as well grab a bite. An exciting and diverse culinary scene is spreading across the region. From classic NEPA pizza joints and handmade Italian favorites to authentic ethnic delights and mouth-watering sweets, the Greater Hazleton Area offers more than enough to keep the modern foodie busy.


Conyngham Brewing Company, Conyngham, PA


Of course, there’s always plenty of shopping. Throughout the region, local, small businesses line downtown streets. And The Laurel Mall, in Hazle Township delivers that quintessential shopping experience with dozens of national retail outlets and dining options.

And if you’re looking to just soak it all in, the Greater Hazleton Area comes together throughout the year during popular festivals, community events, parades and so much more.

Stop by. Try some Pitz and Scamutz. And get to know The Greater Hazleton Area.

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