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Old 09-11-2006, 09:29 PM
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What is the town like? I know it's relatively small, but any info would be appreciated ... thanks!!!
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Old 09-11-2006, 10:13 PM
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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White Haven itself is very non-descript, to say the least. It's a small hamlet along the Lehigh River and is little more than a stopover point along I-476. There is some tourist attention in the area due to great white-water rafting and hiking opportunities nearby, but overall it's just a quiet, small town of about 1,000 souls in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains. Basically, White Haven now is what most of Monroe County (The Stroudsburgs) was before the suburbanites took over. There's not much of any crime here, there's obviously no traffic congestion, and employment opportunities are scarce. It's a good bet for someone looking to retire or perhaps someone looking for some peace and quiet (with a lengthy commute to Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, or the Lehigh Valley).

I forget which website it was (I'll send you a message if I can find it again on Google), but the town itself had a future downtown map laid out online, along with a comprehensive community plan, and I was quite impressed. Plans called for a community that would be very friendly to pedestrians and bicyclists alike, leafy streets, and restored buildings. Many of the surrounding hamlets (Freeland, Hazleton, Lehighton, Nesquehoning, etc.) are former mining towns, and as such their economies are still struggling.

By all means consider a move here if you either do not need to work or have employment lined up. If not, be prepared for one HECK of a commute, or learn to live frugally to enjoy the simpler things of rural America.
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Old 10-01-2006, 11:38 AM
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Actually, my husband works as a counselor in Hickory Run State park which is just 5 minutes from White haven...It's a beautiful area and the commute to Wilkes Barre is NOT bad at all! You just pick up the Northeast extension 10 minutes from town and then travel the turnpike for 10-15 minutes....so, overall a drive to the city would only be 25 minutes or so...not a lengthy commute at all!....Houses are very reasonable and it's a very quaint town!
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