Northeast Pennsylvania. Any traveler who explores down these windy mountainous roads can learn its history merely from the road signs directing you to nearby counties and towns. Carbon County, Lock Haven, Minersville, Carbondale: a testament to a time when coal was king. If the asphalt of the downtown business district of my first Pennsylvania stop could speak, it would tell you a tale of classic Pennsylvania Americana. A coffee shop, a small eatery and a tuxedo rental shop occupy some of the windowed storefronts that are frequented by its loyal patrons, but many storefronts remain vacant. The strip malls on the outskirts of town have been a temptation for businesses and patrons alike over the past couple decades. The force of our ever-changing global economy even permeates a town that represents the pillar of American entrepreneurship and stability.
[i]2006 Census Bureau Estimates