Scranton Real Estate and General Information
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The former coal-mining site has experienced a gradual loss in population, having peaked in 1930. Appropriately, Scrantons motto is “Embracing Our People, Our Traditions, and Our Future.” Scranton is also known for its large Irish-American population, making up 30% of the city. This is the highest percentage of Irish-Americans for the citys size in the U.S.
Scranton School District serves the public high school students of Scranton. There are two public high schools, Scranton High School and West Scranton High School, as well as multiple elementary and middle schools. There are many private schools in the city, including Christian schools like Holy Cross High School and Scranton Preparatory School and the Jewish Bais Yaakov High School. Higher education located in the city includes Lackawanna College, Marywood University, University of Scranton and Johnson College. Penn State has a satellite campus in nearby Dunmore.
Scranton residents have much to do; locals often spend time at the local malls, of which there are two in the city: The Mall at Steamtown and The Viewmont Mall. Residents can visit the Scranton Cultural Center to enjoy the arts; the venue has featured the likes of the Northeast Philharmonic and Broadway Theater. Locals can see big-name performers at the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain. Those who appreciate the outdoors can head to the Snö Mountain ski resort for a day on the slopes. The citys large Irish-American population may be to thank for the nations fourth-largest Saint Patricks Day Parade. Since 1862 it has been held on the Saturday before the holiday and draws people from all over. In 2008, there were 150,000 attendees.
Scranton natives are known for enthusiasm in sports. Scranton is home to the New York Yankees AAA affiliate the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, who play at PNC Field. There is also the Scranton Eagles of the Empire Football League, who have won eleven championships, making them the most dominant franchise in the league. Other sports teams include the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers who play in the af2 league at Wachovia Arena, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the North East Pennsylvania Miners. There are plenty of more famous sports teams as well, in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, for Scranton residents to get behind.