Quality of Life

Low costs of living; cohesive communities; proud schools; and access to exceptional healthcare, education, and recreational pursuits are but a few of the reasons that make living in Northumberland County and the Central Susquehanna Valley so desirable for the many thousands of people for whom this is home.  Add in cultural and entertainment amenities and the area’s scenic splendor it’s no wonder why people and businesses alike appreciate this area so much. Northumberland County's tourism partner, the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau, is the premier source for information on events, activities, and attractions in the Greater Susquehanna Valley Region, and publishes an annual Quality of Life Brochure aimed at area employers, and which can help with employee recruitment. See the section on Area Attractions, Amenities, and Events below for a link to the Visitors Bureau and download the Quality of Life brochure today!

Low Cost of Living

According to Sperling’s Best Places, Northumberland County cost of living ranks a full 12% below the national average. With a median home price of just over $100,000.00, Northumberland County is very affordable.

Cohesive Communities

Community pride, community spirit, and a strong sense of community define Northumberland County’s municipalities and townships. Neighbors helping neighbors; neighbors caring about neighbors, a product of deep roots in the proud men and women who first settled and worked here. You can see it in the tight-knit housing that defines so many of the County’s cities, boroughs and villages, in the area’s many festivals, and in the members and activities of churches and civic organizations.

Quality Education

Susquehanna Valley is rich in diverse post-secondary educational opportunities. From Luzerne County Community College, Lackawanna Community College, and Lycoming College  to such well-known universities as Bucknell University, Susquehanna University, and Bloomsburg University, there are educational and training opportunities to meet nearly every student’s needs. Penn College of Technology offers diverse technical training, including plastics and polymers engineering. Its world-renowned Plastics Innovation and Resource Center assists companies all of the world in overcoming challenges in plastics and polymers compounding and manufacturing. 


Led by Geisinger Hospital and Geisinger Health System in neighboring Danville, the area offers one of the highest quality integrated healthcare systems in the nation. Geisinger’s highly innovative healthcare delivery system is a national model for healthcare delivery, and has consistently and repeatedly garnered national recognition for its service and quality. It’s no wonder some of America’s largest and best-known corporations have chosen Geisinger as the health provider of choice for their top-level executives. There are two hospitals located in Northumberland County - - Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital and Sunbury Community Hospital, and located just nine miles from the County seat is Evangelical Community Hospital.

Area amenities, attractions, and events

Northumberland County lies in the heart of the Susquehanna River Valley, an area rich with diverse amenities, attractions, and events enjoyed by visitors and residents alike. History, arts, music, outdoor recreation, and even a unique "big cat" animal sanctuary are but a small portion of what this region's unique offerings. The Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau is one of the most active in PA, and publishes an excellent annual guide. Contact them today to request their annual guide, and see for yourself what a rich and vibrant area this is!

The Visitors Bureau also publishes an annual Quality of Life brochure aimed at assisting employers with their employee recruitment efforts. Contact the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau to get a current copy.