Quality of Life

Libraries
The Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association maintain their main library in Montrose, and support branches in Susquehanna, Hallstead, and Forest City. The library system is part of ACCESS PENNSYLVANIA and can request books from any public library in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The library’s outreach department delivers books to shut-ins and, in some more remote locations, by mail or bookmobile. The library offers a summer reading program and Story Hour for preschoolers during the school year. The library sponsors the Blueberry Festival the first Friday and Saturday of August.

Phone: 570-278-1881, or visit the library’s web site at www.susqcolibrary.org

The Pratt Memorial Library in New Milford was built in 1903 by Charles Pratt as a memorial to his parents. The library was donated to the community in 1922. The library is open Monday from 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday from 2 p.m.-7 p.m., Friday from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and Saturday from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. The library offers a summertime Story Hour, please call the library for days and times.  Phone: (570) 465-3098

Cost of Living/Housing Costs     
Susquehanna County’s cost of living in the 3rd quarter of 1997 was 100.5, 28th lowest out of the state’s 67 counties. (Differences in Cost of Living Across Pennsylvania’s 67 Counties. Center for Rural PA—July, 2000).

Housing Costs and Average Selling Price

The median value of owner-occupied housing units in 2000 was $81,800. (US Census, 2000)

Year Average Sale Price Average List Price List to Sell Ratio
2000 $74,019 $79,779 93%
2001 $75,261 $83,178 90%
2002 $82,200 $88,912 92%

Medical Facilities
There are two community hospitals in the county:
Barnes Kasson in Susquehanna
Endless Mountains Health System in Montrose

A number of large general hospitals are located in Scranton, Binghamton, Carbondale and Sayre. One or more is within easy driving distance of any part of the county. Physicians’ clinics are located throughout the county. Medically-related professionals (optometrists, opticians, podiatrists, chiropractors and others) are located in the larger boroughs. There are a number of eldercare facilities in the county and most are low cost in comparison to their urban counterparts.

Nearby:
Nearly 200 medical and hospital facilities are located within a radius of 60 miles and are staffed by over 1200 general practitioners, surgeons and specialists.

Pennsylvania
Community Medical Center – Scranton
Mercy Hospital – Scranton
Moses Taylor Hospital – Scranton
Marian Community Hospital – Carbondale
Robert Packer Hospital – Sayre
Tyler Memorial Hospital – Tunkhannock
Wayne Memorial Hospital – Honesdale

New York
Wilson Memorial Hospital – Johnson City
Lourdes Hospital – Binghamton
Binghamton General Hospital – Binghamton

Want to know more? Please contact the Susquehanna County Dept. of Economic Development by email at susqded@susqco.com or by phone at 1-800-386-4981 or 570-278-4600, ext. 558 (FAX: 570-278-7191).

Education

Susquehanna County has six public school districts. The Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center is located on the Elk Lake School Campus.

Susquehanna County Offers 101 Things To Do . . . And So Much More!

Outdoor recreation possibilities abound at the top of the Endless Mountains. Elk Mountain’s skiing and snowboarding rises above all others in Pennsylvania and summers are perfect for golfing, hiking, mountain biking, fishing and boating.

Golfers enjoy choosing from among six different golf courses, while the D&H Rail Trail carries hikers, bikers and snowmobilers north from Forest City through forests, fields and along the Susquehanna River to the New York State border.

Salt Springs State Park, the Florence Shelly Preserve, and Woodbourne Sanctuary offer prime bird watching opportunities. State game lands provide excellent hunting and fishing opportunities. Water sports include kayaking the challenging white waters of the Upper Lackawanna River in Forest City, or floating in the path of history down the North Branch of the Susquehanna River. Here, in 1778, General James Clinton led a force of 1800 men from the headwaters of the Susquehanna River at Otsego Lake in Cooperstown, NY, along the North Branch to join General Sullivan’s Expedition.

Residents and visitors also enjoy the performing arts, and exploring the history of the area. History comes alive with exhibits and events sponsored by the Susquehanna County Historical Society, Old Mill Village, the Soldier’s Orphan’s School, the Center for Anti-Slavery Studies and the Susquehanna Depot Area Historical Society. The D&H Rail Trail passes near the Starrucca Viaduct, a National Civil Engineering landmark built in the early 1800’s of locally quarried Pennsylvania Bluestone. Other notable landmarks include the Martin’s Creek Viaduct, a concrete railroad bridge built in the 1920’s, and the Forest City Coal Miner’s Memorial. The Joseph Smith Monument, located along Route 171, Oakland Township, commemorates the baptism of Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdrey in the Susquehanna River. Joseph Smith’s homestead is nearby.

Festivals and fairs highlight the county’s agricultural products and crafts, enhancing the changing seasons with the taste of maple syrup, strawberries, blueberries and apples.