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View Poll Results: Which is the worst/most crime ridden out of these: Carbon, Monroe or Pike County in PA.
Carbon County/PA 5 14.29%
Monroe County/PA 20 57.14%
Pike County/PA 10 28.57%
Voters: 35. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-26-2015, 03:24 PM
 
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because the medical is no existant for the most part in Wayne its a very sad situation lots of problems getting drs pharmacist etc to live or go there to work
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Old 03-26-2015, 04:45 PM
 
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we sold our house in pike county. it was a 2nd home for us and we thought we would retire there.

but after 5 years part time we realized this is not the place to retire to. as you said , few medical specialists , few facilities , no public transportation if we can't drive , nothing to do all winter.

if i wanted to work it was all mom and pop type stores with low wage work .

we realized while queens is not cheap we certainly had everything we would need in retirement and so we sold the house
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Old 04-05-2015, 03:19 PM
 
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I'd go with Carbon County; it has a few areas, particularly to the west of Jim Thorpe (still "Mauch Chunk" to some of the locals) which were affected by coal mining, but these are being cleaned up. "Thorpe/Chunk", on the other hand, has become a tourist destination for hiking, kayaking, rafting and some other activities in the not-easily-accessible Lehigh River Gorge to the north; also. some beautifully-preserved older buildings (with some interesting history behind them) and an entertainment venue called Penn's Peak.

Weatherly, in the northern portions of Carbon County, was the birthplace of Eurana Schwab, wife of the magnate who left United Sates Steel and turned Bethlehem Steel into a strong competitor. The Schwabs expressed their gratitude with a high school and a municipal park. The school, regrettably, has turned into a "white elephant" -- too expensive to rehabilitate as an apartment building, but a visit to the park is a trip a century back into time.

Penn Forest Township is a collection of retirement-oriented communities along PA route 903, oriented north/south and a couple of miles west of the Lehigh Gorge; not all that far from either the Lehigh Valley or Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. And a cluster of small communities to the west (Bloomsburg, Danville and Lewisburg) also have excellent medical facilities and a fair amount of cultural amenities
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Old 04-06-2015, 08:44 AM
 
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I'd go with Carbon County; it has a few areas, particularly to the west of Jim Thorpe (still "Mauch Chunk" to some of the locals) which were affected by coal mining, but these are being cleaned up. "Thorpe/Chunk", on the other hand, has become a tourist destination for hiking, kayaking, rafting and some other activities in the not-easily-accessible Lehigh River Gorge to the north; also. some beautifully-preserved older buildings (with some interesting history behind them) and an entertainment venue called Penn's Peak.

Weatherly, in the northern portions of Carbon County, was the birthplace of Eurana Schwab, wife of the magnate who left United Sates Steel and turned Bethlehem Steel into a strong competitor. The Schwabs expressed their gratitude with a high school and a municipal park. The school, regrettably, has turned into a "white elephant" -- too expensive to rehabilitate as an apartment building, but a visit to the park is a trip a century back into time.

Penn Forest Township is a collection of retirement-oriented communities along PA route 903, oriented north/south and a couple of miles west of the Lehigh Gorge; not all that far from either the Lehigh Valley or Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. And a cluster of small communities to the west (Bloomsburg, Danville and Lewisburg) also have excellent medical facilities and a fair amount of cultural amenities
Speaking from personal experience, I live in Penn Forest Township...

1- my particular community off of 903 has many retirees but the majority of us are younger (mid to late 30s) and still working. There's a pretty vibrant younger community during the nicer weather.

2- Being in close proximity to JT is not always ideal during tourist season. It can take hours, literally, on 209 from Lehighton into JT during heavy tourist weekends. Traveling Maury Rd is not the best route in poor weather conditions, either.

3- Basic shopping in the JT area requires a bit of a hike to Lehighton or the opposite direction. (Forget using 115 to/from anywhere during "Race weekends" at Pocono Raceway. Road closures and a ton of traffic.) Unless, you'd like to over pay for substandard products at some of the smaller markets. I'm looking at you Hazle Meats. $2.79 for a box of spaghetti that's a buck up the road at Dollar General!

4- Quality health care requires driving into Allentown/Easton or back into Monroe County if you have needs more than regular check ups, or small issues crop up.

I'm always surprised that there are such a large number of retirees in the area when you take into account travel for basic needs.

All in all, I have no regrets about moving to Carbon. I don't particularly mind having to drive here, there and everywhere for nearly everything. That may changes in the coming years as I age or just burn out on driving nearly 30 miles round trip to food shop.
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Old 04-07-2015, 08:59 AM
 
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I'd go with Carbon County; it has a few areas, particularly to the west of Jim Thorpe (still "Mauch Chunk" to some of the locals) which were affected by coal mining, but these are being cleaned up. "Thorpe/Chunk", on the other hand, has become a tourist destination for hiking, kayaking, rafting and some other activities in the not-easily-accessible Lehigh River Gorge to the north; also. some beautifully-preserved older buildings (with some interesting history behind them) and an entertainment venue called Penn's Peak.

Weatherly, in the northern portions of Carbon County, was the birthplace of Eurana Schwab, wife of the magnate who left United Sates Steel and turned Bethlehem Steel into a strong competitor. The Schwabs expressed their gratitude with a high school and a municipal park. The school, regrettably, has turned into a "white elephant" -- too expensive to rehabilitate as an apartment building, but a visit to the park is a trip a century back into time.

Penn Forest Township is a collection of retirement-oriented communities along PA route 903, oriented north/south and a couple of miles west of the Lehigh Gorge; not all that far from either the Lehigh Valley or Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. And a cluster of small communities to the west (Bloomsburg, Danville and Lewisburg) also have excellent medical facilities and a fair amount of cultural amenities
That cluster of small communities you mention are at least an hour's drive. Why even mention them?

As charmed hour mentioned, most go to the Lehigh Valley for medical facilities, and both St. Luke's and LVH have a network of doctors in Carbon County.
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Old 04-07-2015, 09:02 AM
 
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Speaking from personal experience, I live in Penn Forest Township...

1- my particular community off of 903 has many retirees but the majority of us are younger (mid to late 30s) and still working. There's a pretty vibrant younger community during the nicer weather.

2- Being in close proximity to JT is not always ideal during tourist season. It can take hours, literally, on 209 from Lehighton into JT during heavy tourist weekends. Traveling Maury Rd is not the best route in poor weather conditions, either.

3- Basic shopping in the JT area requires a bit of a hike to Lehighton or the opposite direction. (Forget using 115 to/from anywhere during "Race weekends" at Pocono Raceway. Road closures and a ton of traffic.) Unless, you'd like to over pay for substandard products at some of the smaller markets. I'm looking at you Hazle Meats. $2.79 for a box of spaghetti that's a buck up the road at Dollar General!

4- Quality health care requires driving into Allentown/Easton or back into Monroe County if you have needs more than regular check ups, or small issues crop up.

I'm always surprised that there are such a large number of retirees in the area when you take into account travel for basic needs.

All in all, I have no regrets about moving to Carbon. I don't particularly mind having to drive here, there and everywhere for nearly everything. That may changes in the coming years as I age or just burn out on driving nearly 30 miles round trip to food shop.
I also have to clarify: while it is a bit of a hike from parts of Penn Forest Township, it's not much of a hike to Giant or Walmart if you live within Jim Thorpe, plus there is always Jim Thorpe Market.
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Old 04-07-2015, 12:14 PM
 
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I also have to clarify: while it is a bit of a hike from parts of Penn Forest Township, it's not much of a hike to Giant or Walmart if you live within Jim Thorpe, plus there is always Jim Thorpe Market.
That's true, it's probably around 5-6 miles from Jim Thorpe town center to Walmart or Giant. JT market is also over priced, imo. But then all Shur Fine markets are.
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Old 04-07-2015, 12:19 PM
 
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That's true, it's probably around 5-6 miles from Jim Thorpe town center to Walmart or Giant. JT market is also over priced, imo. But then all Shur Fine markets are.
You know, I don't think I ever bought a full grocery order from JT Market. They had nice deli items though.

Giant was definitely where it was at. Between coupons, my card, the dollar off coupons they had every few months, and gas points, I saved a lot of money there. I miss it.
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Old 09-01-2015, 05:48 PM
 
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So in 2015. Of I wanted to move to p.a and raise a family in a nice area and commute to nyc...is there such a place?
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Old 09-01-2015, 05:53 PM
 
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I know it's an old thread but if anyone can help me out I would appreciate it
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