No. 17

No. 17

Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Companies planning to hire in next quarter: 19%
Best job prospects: Wholesale & Retail Trade, Information, Financial Activities, Professional & Business Services, Education & Health Services, Leisure & Hospitality, Other Services, Government
Population: 72,861
Average home price in January: $86,363
Unemployment rate: 9.2%

The Scranton-Wilkes-Barre metro area, in northeastern Pennsylvania 120 miles from New York City, is home of the University of Scranton, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre International Airport, and Snö Mountain, a popular ski resort.