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  • A burgeoning iron and steel industry helped Scranton grow rapidly in the mid 19th century and this industrial strength helped its population swell to over 140,000 in the 1930s. The decades that followed saw a decline in Scranton, but since the 1980s the city's rich history has been marketed to bring in tourists, with attractions such as the Steamtown National History Site and the Electric City Trolley Museum. Notable past and current residents include current Vice President Joe Biden and Jason Miller, a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning playwright.

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  • Housing Statistics Of the residential properties in Scranton, 46% are owned, 44% rented and 10% vacant. Due to the high number of vacant properties more homes for sale may be available on a rent to own basis. The annual residential turnover rate is fairly low compared to the rest of the country at 14%. From Q1 2012 to Q4 2012 both the average and median sales price have gone up steadily to $115,000 and $100,000 respectively, suggesting a stable housing market.
  • Largest Employers and Industries Similar to other cities, a large proportion of Scranton's workforce (just under 30%) works in educational services, health care or social assistance for organizations such as Moses Taylor and Mid Valleys Hospitals. Retail is also important to the area, providing around 10% of the area's jobs, with stores at the city's two malls hiring many from the local community. The financial services industry is represented by companies like The Bank of America, while around 3,000 manufacturing jobs are provided by a numerous companies such as Sandvik Material Technologies and Cinram Manufacturing.
  • Nightlife Every city has one sports bar that prides itself on serving the best chicken wings around and in Scranton that bar is Zaleski's Clubhouse Cafe. Head to The Keys if you're in the mood to dance as there's usually a DJ or live music to get your feet moving. Even if you're not the dancing type, you'll want to head here just to try the bar's stuffed hamburger. Some in the local neighborhood think they're even better than those famous chicken wings!
  • Weather and Climate Classified as having a humid continental climate, Scranton enjoys noticeable changes from season to season. Warm, humid and fairly wet summers can reach highs of around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, while winters here can reach lows of 18 degrees. Snowfall is common between December and March, with upwards of seven inches every month, while several inches of snow in April and November is also common.
  • Local Shopping Scranton is served by two major malls - The Mall at Steamtown and Viewmont Mall. The Mall at Steamtown, which is in the downtown district, has a wider range of well-known stores and also a more diverse food hall, but this means that it's often quite busy, although there's ample underground parking. If you don't mind the crowds you'll find almost anything you're looking for, whether it's a new outfit for a night out or a kettle for your kitchen. The Viewmont Mall straddles the northern city limit and has two major department stores bookending the mall with a third in the middle, with a number of brand name and discount stores there as well.