Geographic regions of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Lehigh Valley

Main article: Lehigh Valley

The Lehigh Valley is named for the Lehigh River, which flows through it. The region includes Allentown, the third most populated city in Pennsylvania, the neighboring eastern Pennsylvania cities of Bethlehem and Easton, and its more rural suburbs. The region was once a hub for American heavy manufacturing. Its economy is now more diverse, and it is one of the state's fastest growing regions. Consisting of the following counties:

Southeastern Pennsylvania

Delaware Valley

Main article: Delaware Valley

Counties constituting the Delaware Valley Region of Pennsylvania
Counties constituting the Delaware Valley Region of Pennsylvania

The Delaware Valley is named for the Delaware River, which flows through the region.

Consisting of the following counties:

This valley primarily contains Philadelphia and its surrounding Delaware Valley metropolitan area.

Pennsylvania Piedmont

Counties constituting Pennsylvania's Piedmont Plateau
Counties constituting Pennsylvania's Piedmont Plateau

The Pennsylvania Piedmont region is a heavily agricultural section of the Piedmont Plateau located in Southeastern Pennsylvania frequently cited as a candidate for extensive ecological preservation.

Consisting of the following counties:

Pennsylvania Dutch Country

Main article: Pennsylvania Dutch Country

Counties constituting the Pennsylvania Dutch Country Region
Counties constituting the Pennsylvania Dutch Country Region

Pennsylvania Dutch Country refers to an area of Southeastern Pennsylvania that has a high percentage of Amish, Mennonite, and "Fancy Dutch" residents. The Pennsylvania German language was historically common.

Consisting of the following counties:

Northeastern Pennsylvania

Northeastern Pennsylvania

Main article: Northeastern Pennsylvania

Counties constituting Northeastern Pennsylvania
Counties constituting Northeastern Pennsylvania

This mountainous area of Pennsylvania includes the Pocono Mountains, the Endless Mountains, and former anthracite coal mining cities, boroughs, and villages.

Consisting of the following counties:

The Poconos

Main article: The Poconos

Counties constituting The Poconos
Counties constituting The Poconos

The Poconos, or the Pocono Mountains region, is a mountainous region of about 2,400 square miles (6,200 km²) located in Northeastern Pennsylvania, approximately 30 miles north of Allentown, which is a nationally popular recreational winter destination for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports and (in off-season months) for hiking, kayaking, tubing, and other recreational activities.

Consisting of the following counties:

May be considered part of the Poconos

Coal Region

Main article: Coal Region

Counties constituting the Coal Region of Pennsylvania
Counties constituting the Coal Region of Pennsylvania

The Coal Region is a term used to refer to an area of Northeastern Pennsylvania in the central Appalachian Mountains. The region is home to the largest known deposits of anthracite coal in the world with an estimated a reserve of seven billion tons.

Wyoming Valley

Main article: Wyoming Valley

Counties constituting the Wyoming Valley Region of Pennsylvania
Counties constituting the Wyoming Valley Region of Pennsylvania

Wyoming Valley is a region of Northeastern Pennsylvania shaped like a crescent and part of the ridge-and-valley or folded Appalachians, which includes the metropolitan areas of Scranton and Wilkes-Barre.

Consisting of the following counties:

Endless Mountains

Main article: Endless Mountains

Counties constituting the Endless Mountains Region of Pennsylvania
Counties constituting the Endless Mountains Region of Pennsylvania

The Endless Mountains are a chain of mountains in Northeastern Pennsylvania that are part of the Appalachian Mountains chain. The mountains are not true mountains, geologically speaking, but are a dissected plateau and part of the Allegheny Plateau,along with the higher Catskill Mountains to the east of the Endless Mountains in New York state.

Consisting of the following counties:

Northern Tier

Main article: Northern Tier (Pennsylvania)

Counties constituting the Northern Tier Region of Pennsylvania
Counties constituting the Northern Tier Region of Pennsylvania

The Northern Tier is a geographic region in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Consisting of the following counties:

Central Pennsylvania

See also: Sports teams in the Central Pennsylvania Area

Susquehanna River Valley

Main article: Susquehanna Valley

Counties constituting the Susquehanna Valley Region
Counties constituting the Susquehanna Valley Region

The Susquehanna River is a river in the Northeastern United States. At approximately 410 mi (715 km) in length, it is the longest river on the East Coast.

South Central Pennsylvania

Main article: South Central Pennsylvania

Counties constituting the South Central Pennsylvania Region
Counties constituting the South Central Pennsylvania Region

Consisting of the following counties:

Parts of these counties may be considered part of South Central Pennsylvania:

Southern Alleghenies (West Central)

Counties constituting the Southern Alleghenies region of Pennsylvania
Counties constituting the Southern Alleghenies region of Pennsylvania

Southern Alleghenies is a geographic region of West Central Pennsylvania, consisting of the following counties:

Organizations serving the Southern Alleghenies region include:

Happy Valley

Main article: Happy Valley (Pennsylvania)

Counties constituting the Happy Valley Region of Pennsylvania
Counties constituting the Happy Valley Region of Pennsylvania

Happy Valley is a large valley located in central Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania State University is located in the valley.

Consisting of the following county:

Cumberland Valley

Main article: Cumberland Valley

Counties constituting the Cumberland Valley Region of Pennsylvania
Counties constituting the Cumberland Valley Region of Pennsylvania

Cumberland Valley is a geographic region that lies between South Mountain and Blue Ridge Mountains of Central Pennsylvania and Western Maryland.

Consisting of the following counties:

Western Pennsylvania

Main article: Western Pennsylvania

Laurel Highlands

Main article: Laurel Highlands

Counties constituting the Laurel Highlands Region of Pennsylvania
Counties constituting the Laurel Highlands Region of Pennsylvania

The Laurel Highlands, in the southwestern part of the state of Pennsylvania, traverses the Laurel and Chestnut ridges of the Allegheny Mountains.

Consisting of the following counties:

Greater Pittsburgh

Main article: Greater Pittsburgh

Counties constituting the Greater Pittsburgh metropolitan area
Counties constituting the Greater Pittsburgh metropolitan area

Also known as Southwestern Pennsylvania, the region consists of the following counties:

Allegheny National Forest

Main article: Allegheny National Forest

Counties constituting the Allegheny National Forest Region of Pennsylvania
Counties constituting the Allegheny National Forest Region of Pennsylvania

The Allegheny National Forest is a National Forest located in northwestern Pennsylvania. The forest covers over 500,000 acres (2,000 km²) of land.

Consisting of the following counties:

Northwestern Pennsylvania

Main article: Northwestern Pennsylvania

Counties constituting Northwestern Pennsylvania
Counties constituting Northwestern Pennsylvania

References

  1. ^ a b "QuickFacts".