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.
Safe, Convenient, Family-Friendly Towns With an Eye On the Future
At the point where Luzerne County meets its northern neighbor, Lackawanna County, the Greater Pittston Area spreads out around a western bend in the Susquehanna River, filling out the space between the Greater Wilkes-Barre and Greater Scranton metropolitan areas. This largely suburban community radiates outward from the charming city of Pittston. It also includes the boroughs of Avoca, Dupont, Duryea, West Pittston, Exeter, Laflin, Yatesville, Wyoming and West Wyoming. Jenkins Township, Pittston Township and rural Exeter Township, make up over half of the Greater Pittston Area footprint.
Since the late 19th century, the Greater Pittston Area served an important role in the Wyoming Valley’s anthracite coal industry. By the turn of the 20th century, the region also became one of the largest garment manufacturing centers in the country. And in the 21st century, it’s celebrated as the regional manufacturing and distribution nucleus. Throughout its founding and up to today, the Greater Pittston Area has remained one of NEPA’s most significant economic drivers.
The Greater Pittston Area spans Northern Luzerne County with quiet suburbs, scenic riverside neighborhoods and busy downtowns. The community is home to top-notch schools, many of the region’s favorite restaurants, a thriving art scene and countless sites of architectural and historical importance.
Towns, Boroughs, Townships & Cities:
Avoca, Dupont, Exeter Borough, Exeter Twp., Hughestown, Jenkins Township, Laflin, Pittston Twp., West Wyoming, Wyoming, Yatesville
School Districts: Pittston Area School District, Wyoming Area School District & Wilkes-Barre Area School District
Living in the Greater Pittston Area
Make yourself at home in convenient, welcoming neighborhoods.
From stately, Victorian riverfront homes to downtown, condo living to safe, quiet family-oriented neighborhoods, the Greater Pittston Area offers a little something for every lifestyle.
Throughout the community, every township, city and borough enjoy easy access to all of the region’s major highways. The Luzerne County Transportation Authority provides an essential interconnectivity via safe, reliable public transportation. And, within a matter of minutes, Greater Pittston Area residents can find themselves at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport in Avoca.
Family-focused and secure neighborhoods in the Greater Pittston Area are kept safe by local and state police agencies and a mix of full-time and volunteer fire and ambulance companies. Geisinger Health System and Commonwealth Health operate hospitals and outpatient facilities in and around the surrounding communities.
The Greater Pittston Area is served by three, highly-regarded public school districts – Pittston Area, Wyoming Area and Wilkes-Barre Area. The community is also home to a handful of private and parochial school options. Greater Pittston students are also within easy commutes to nearby Wilkes University, King’s College, Misericordia University, Penn State University Wilkes-Barre Campus and Luzerne County Community College to name just a few.
The Greater Pittston Area also celebrates a proud, rich history, fascinating architecture and year-round, family-friendly community events and festivals. The City of Pittston is well-known for its famous Tomato Festival and St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Like most parts of Northeastern Pennsylvania, it’s a multicultural melting pot with plenty of opportunity, affordable housing and a cost of living well below the national average.
Places to Eat & Drink
West Pittston, PA
Arcaro’s The Next Generation
Arturo’s Restaurant & Bar
Ballyhoo Ice Cream and Candy
West Pittston, PA
Ben and George's Ice Cream
Pittston Twp., PA
Booyah! Burgers & Bites
Callahan's Café and Coffee House
West Wyoming, PA
Caffe Girasole at Mariano's
Susquehanna Brewing Co.
The Lighthouse Inn
West Wyoming, PA
The Tipsy Turtle Market Street Pub
Jenkins Twp., PA
Victory Pig Pizza
Vito’s Wine Cellar
Out & About in The Greater Pittston Area
Outdoor recreation, awesome restaurants and lively downtowns.
Many of the towns and boroughs in the Greater Pittston Area offer access to local parks, playgrounds and green spaces. Public access to the Susquehanna River provides opportunities for fishing, kayaking and exploring. Hop on the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail in Duryea and enjoy over 70 miles of hiking, biking and access to some of NEPA’s best trout fishing. Pittston City’s iconic Riverfront Park offers stunning river views along with unique lessons in local mining history. A multitude of local and state parks also sit within a thirty-minute drive of The Greater Pittston Area.
If you prefer a slower pace to your outdoor adventures, Exeter is home to Fox Hill Country Club and Four Seasons Golf Club. Of course, you can always explore the many Main Streets of the Greater Pittston Area. Downtown Pittston is a chic, art-centric hub of shopping, dining and entertainment. And if you head south on Main Street a bit, you’ll find Susquehanna Brewing Company, one of NEPA’s most recognizable craft breweries.
On the west side of the river, Wyoming Avenue offers an incredible culinary tour of Exeter, West Pittston and Wyoming. And just about every neighborhood along the way offers up its take on the “best slice in NEPA.” Throughout its outlying communities, the Greater Pittston Area claims plenty of local shops and boutiques, family-run salons, specialty stores and so much more.
Shopping, Entertainment & Attractions
Art n’ Vino
ärt ə’ fekts Gallery
City Trenz Boutique
Fly Me Home
Frances Slocum State Park
Greater Pittston YMCA
Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame Museum
Luzerne County Levee Trail
MVP Sports Academy
West Pittston, PA
Phoenix Performing Arts Centre
Pittston City Farmers' Market
Pittston City Second Friday Art Walk
Sabatini's Bottleshop and Bar
The Music Scene
A Community on the Move
A perfect place to plant roots.
Greater Pittston is also home to one of the fastest growing business parks in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. CenterPoint Commerce & Trade Park, developed by Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services, in Jenkins Township and Pittston Township is home to more than 70 companies, which together employ about 7,500 people. Well-known companies such as Neiman Marcus, Lowe’s, The Home Depot, Isuzu, Pepsi, and Amazon.com are among CenterPoint’s largest industrial tenants.
Come to the Greater Pittston Area for its history, culture, and great amenities and stay awhile!
Article updated from its original version published on January 18, 2018.