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Old 01-19-2018, 05:48 PM
 
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LV all day every day. Poconos has a lot of big city issues due to influx from NY. Offers little as far as employment and not much to do.
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Old 01-20-2018, 01:56 PM
 
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I live in the Poconos in Stroudsburg but I work in different areas of Lehigh Valley.Both areas have there good and bad points.Lehigh Valley is a very built up region, 3 small city's s, the biggest being Allentown surrounded by a mix of suburban towns and factory towns, highways running everywhere.Its a great place for finding good paying jobs and affordable living, but very congested, lots of traffic , very busy area.The pocono region is a half hour to 45 minute drive from Lehigh Valley, into a more rural mountainous chain of towns.Its a main tourism hub of ski resorts, indoor waterparks, you name it.Its cheaper to live , but harder to find work here, and even though its not as congested, still has a lot of things to do.
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Old 01-22-2018, 02:24 PM
 
Location: bethlehem, pa
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LV has LOTS more to do versus the Poconos. Most of my friends and co workers the live in the poconos commute to work in the LV area or do stuff in the valley.

LV is commutable to both NYC and Philadelphia - although NYC will be closer. 1 hour to NY and about 2 hours to Philly. It depends where in NJ you're planning to commute, but LV is closer to north Jersey (Clinton/Bridgewater..)

Schools are ok depending on the area you live in. There are other areas in the LV to consider such as Whitehall, Trexler, Macungie, and the small town charm of Hellertown.

Hellertown has good schools, parks, playgrounds, saucon rail trail, a handufl of independent small businesses on main street and highly walkable to some extent meaning sidewalks everywhere. Neighborhood of Hellertown is pretty safe and is very family friendly. They've got a super nice library that has the best storytimes and kids programs I've experienced. If you like a walkable, small town feel - look into Hellertown. It also has a park and ride bus service to takes you to NYC in 45minutes-1 hour.

There's also Lantabus servicing hellertown and you'd be so close going down town Bethlehem which is a really quiant, charming area with restaurants, library, moravian bookshop etc
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Old 01-22-2018, 04:12 PM
 
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It also has a park and ride bus service to takes you to NYC in 45minutes-1 hour.
LOL. Clearly, you haven't ever taken the bus to NYC. I drove to a meeting in Jersey City last week and it took me 2.5 hours from the border of PA/ NJ to JC (no tunnel). It routinely takes 1 hour to go from the PA/ NJ border to 287 via 78.
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Old 01-23-2018, 01:37 AM
 
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2 completely different vibes poconos is definitely choice for more quiet spot however we like mini very far suburbs for nyc and if somebody think about commute to nyc i wouldn't recommend that.lv around 3 cities a-b-e got more big city hassle.job market is in valley but landscape is bland .
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Old 01-23-2018, 07:28 AM
 
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LV is commutable to both NYC and Philadelphia - although NYC will be closer. 1 hour to NY and about 2 hours to Philly.


I think you got those reversed Mary.
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Old 01-23-2018, 09:56 PM
 
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Thanks for all of the input. I’m looking forward to making PA my new home.
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Old 01-24-2018, 08:59 AM
 
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LV is commutable to both NYC and Philadelphia - although NYC will be closer. 1 hour to NY and about 2 hours to Philly.


I think you got those reversed Mary.
Where you live in the Lehigh Valley will obviously make a difference on how close you are to NYC or Philadelphia. I live a mile or two from the Bucks County line and I can get to the Philadelphia airport in under an hour with minimal traffic. It’s abour an hour and a half to Manhattan. We tend to take the Bieber bus from Hellertown and it’s an hour from there- express to Port Authority. I like to take the train to Cc Philly and will do so via the train from Lansdale. It would be faster to drive direct but I like the train.
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Old 01-24-2018, 04:15 PM
 
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LV just has so many advantages over the Poconos. Not to mention I would assume many LV folks could go as far as the outer Philly suburbs for work. Poconos doesn't have much from a job perspective. Seems like people either work at the Army Depot or commute to NYC. I know I would pick LV unless you are really into the woods and outdoors stuff the Poconos can offer you.
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Old 01-24-2018, 04:19 PM
 
Location: bethlehem, pa
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LV is commutable to both NYC and Philadelphia - although NYC will be closer. 1 hour to NY and about 2 hours to Philly.
I think you got those reversed Mary.
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LOL. Clearly, you haven't ever taken the bus to NYC. I drove to a meeting in Jersey City last week and it took me 2.5 hours from the border of PA/ NJ to JC (no tunnel). It routinely takes 1 hour to go from the PA/ NJ border to 287 via 78.

We visit relatives down philly and south jersey and it takes us about 2 hours from bethlehem. I used to commute to NY via bieber bus by park and ride behind wendy's Hellertown and usually I get there in about an hour :/ like toobusytoday has mentioned.
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