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Old 07-24-2006, 10:15 PM
 
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Thanks I am dealing with housebuilders in Effort so I am looking for a good neighborhood to build. I definitely want a safe area to to raise kids and for my wife to be safe.
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Old 07-24-2006, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Effort is a MUCH safer, quieter area. It might add an extra 20-25 minutes onto your commute, but the rewards you reap in the way of serenity and peace are well worth the extra "effort" (Pun intended...LOL!) Good luck!
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Old 07-25-2006, 02:34 AM
 
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If you aren't looking to remain ultra-close to NYC, you'll find better school systems (albeit with higher taxes) closer to Philadelphia. From my experience, life in the Scranton area is the antipode of life in the Philadelphia/NYC area (like how I did that?).

SWB has given you a good overview of life in NE PA, but if you want info on SE or SC PA, I can try and help.
OK, that nearly killed me! Kudos!
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Old 07-25-2006, 02:38 AM
 
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If you have any further concerns or questions, feel free to ask!
ScrantonWilkesBarre, I feel like I should pay you for such a report. Thank you!

I'm not really married to the idea of being near NYC. (Actually, truth be told, we are leaving in great part to escape the attitude and types of people around here.)

I had hear that Pittsburgh has really had something of a rennaissance. True?
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Old 07-25-2006, 09:21 AM
 
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ScrantonWilkesBarre, I feel like I should pay you for such a report. Thank you!

I'm not really married to the idea of being near NYC. (Actually, truth be told, we are leaving in great part to escape the attitude and types of people around here.)

I had hear that Pittsburgh has really had something of a rennaissance. True?
I've been to Pittsburgh a few times...it's ok, I guess. As absolutely intolerant as this sounds, I'm not one for "countryfolk." While you'll certainly find urban/surburban people in the city, I found that Pittsburgh still smacks of "country." However, Carnegie Mellon and UPitt do infuse the city with some culture and there are some decent corporations there. It is a steel town and blue collar-ness can still be felt all throughout the city.
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Old 07-30-2008, 09:07 PM
 
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I live in Bushkill, PA (Outside Of Stroudsburg). Saw Creek Estates to be exact. The crime here is ridiculous. My next door neighbor Camron is in jail for murder right now. There is a drug raid every other week. People think being inside a gated community is safe, well it's not. It keeps the criminals in and the police out.
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Old 08-01-2008, 04:44 AM
 
Location: South Heidelberg Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania
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Since Pennsylvania does not tax pensions, I think you will find a large elderly population in the Commonwealth. Probably your best bet for a young, vibrant area is the larger cities. I agree with Enviroman in regard to Pittsburgh. The residents are a bit "folksy" but that is not necessarily bad, either. Generally, I have found Pittsburghers to be friendlier than residents of most large cities. I think the biggest drawback to Pittsburgh is the geography makes it a bit challenging for new comers to get around. There are the mountains, three rivers and tunnels. It is much easier, for example, to learn how to get around Phoenix.

I currently live in Berks County, near Reading. The city itself has a reputation for high crime but I believe the crime is mostly drug and gang related. Housing is very affordable which is drawing many people from larger, urban areas. Reading also has a very large Hispanic population.

Good luck with your decision to relocate.
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Old 08-01-2008, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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I live in Bushkill, PA (Outside Of Stroudsburg). Saw Creek Estates to be exact. The crime here is ridiculous. My next door neighbor Camron is in jail for murder right now. There is a drug raid every other week. People think being inside a gated community is safe, well it's not. It keeps the criminals in and the police out.
My partner lives just north of Lehman Pointe, and he said that crime in there is on the rise as well.
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