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Greater Pittston

As one of the largest Valley communities in Luzerne County, Greater Pittston is a popular destination for casual and fine dining eateries, a dynamic, walkable art scene and fantastic outdoor recreation and green spaces.

Quiet suburbs, picturesque riverside communities and lively downtowns make up these fourteen charming communities situated on the banks of the Susquehanna River between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton.

Known for:

Susquehanna River
Susquehanna Brewing Co.
Incredible, locally-owned restaurants
Hip art scene

By the Numbers:

Geographical Area: 65 Sq. Miles
Estimated Population: 46,460
School Districts: 2

Regional makeup: The city of Pittston; the townships of ExeterJenkinsPittston, and West Pittston; and the boroughs of AvocaDupontDuryeaExeter, Hughestown, Laflin, West WyomingWyoming, and Yatesville.

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Pittston City

Small town Main Street feel combines with artsy metropolitan vibes in one of NEPA’s evolving cities.

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Pittston Township

A vibrant community centrally located along the Susquehanna River between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton.

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Jenkins Township

Jenkins Township, PA is a quiet township with a big economic footprint.

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A Peak Into Greater Pittston Past

Pittston City’s land was first surveyed by the Susquehanna Land Company of Connecticut in 1768 and claimed as part of Connecticut. It was originally called “Pittstown” in honor of the famous British statesman William Pitt the Elder.

With the first discovery of anthracite coal in the Wyoming Valley around 1770, the first mine was established in 1775 near Pittston. Just a few years later, it played a key role in the Revolutionary War during the 1778 Battle of Wyoming between Patriot militia, Loyalist soldiers and Iroquois warriors in the present-day borough of Wyoming.

Did you know?

Pittston was given the title of “Quality Tomato Capital of the World” in the 1930s for fulfilling the high demand for tomatoes to metropolitan New York thanks to the North Branch Canal. The fertile, river-fed soil high in pH due to anthracite in Northeastern Pennsylvania is prime for growing and producing especially flavorful tomatoes.

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