Life in Northeast Pennsylvania (NEPA) is affordable, friendly and fun. Lush mountains, pristine lakes and scenic rivers offer an exciting backdrop to an active life that includes leaf peeping, golfing, hiking, skiing, white water rafting, and more than a few festivals.

Quality of life

Family and community values are woven throughout the fabric of our daily life. Those values, combined with an affordable housing stock, excellent schools and stimulating arts and cultural opportunities, give our region an excellent quality of life. NEPA is attractive to people and businesses from around the world, which help make our economy strong.

Work-life balance

LVHN supports colleagues by offering generous paid time off (PTO) to recharge your spirit and bring balance to your life by doing the things you’re most passionate about: spending time with family, traveling, volunteering or other activities that feed the soul. Colleagues have access to LVHN fitness facilities in Hazleton and the Lehigh Valley free of charge.

Eastern Pennsylvania offers ample opportunity to enjoy nature, sports, culture and other activities. Here are a few of the benefits of living in the area.

Activities and attractions

Professional sporting events

NEPA is home to exciting minor league sports teams such as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees.  The region also boasts exciting professional ice hockey with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, an affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins.

Live concerts, events and casinos

Mohegan Sun Arena is the site of many live concerts and other events throughout the year. Thousands of visitors annually enjoy gaming, restaurants and entertainment at Mohegan Sun Casino and other casinos in the region.

Culture, entertainment and recreation

NEPA is within comfortable driving distance to professional sports, world-class museums and performances, and other cultural opportunities in New York (approximately 2 hours away), Philadelphia (a 90-minute drive) and other major cities.

Residents enjoy year-round activities throughout Luzerne County and the nearby Pocono Mountains including professional NASCAR racing, indoor family water parks, resorts, wineries, breweries and spas

Luzerne County is home to four beautiful state parks where you can enjoy hiking, waterfalls, fishing, camping, and other recreational activities. Bushkill Falls, otherwise known as the Niagara of Pennsylvania, is another popular hiking destination in nearby Pike County.

Greater Hazleton area

Hazleton has a rich history as a center of manufacturing and commerce. In the 1800s, immigrants flowed into the area from Eastern Europe to gain employment in the bustling coal mines. Later, Hazleton was home to the world’s largest silk mill. Today, Hazleton has emerged as a diverse home for manufacturing and industry. Community, family and education are values our friendly residents hold dear. 

Culture and entertainment

Hazleton is home to a popular First Fridays celebration that features art, live performances, historic walking tours and other activities. The Hazleton Art League offers programs for artists of all ages, including drawing, jewelry-making, painting, sculpture, ceramics and more. A new City Arts Center is currently in the planning stages for the downtown area.


The region is home to many fine educational institutions including nationally ranked colleges and universities, primary and secondary schools.

Colleges and universities

Bloomsburg University

College Misericordia

King’s College

Marywood University

Penn State Hazleton

Penn State Wilkes-Barre

Scranton University

Primary and secondary schools

Wyoming Seminary

Scranton Preparatory School

Crestwood School District, Mountain Top

Community life

NEPA is a culturally diverse region that welcomes people from all faiths and all walks of life. Explore our community using these links.

Houses of worship

Activities and attractions