A collaboration among Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Johnson College, Keystone College, King’s College, Lackawanna College, Luzerne County Community College, Marywood University, Misericordia University, Penn State Scranton, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, University of Scranton and Wilkes University

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Cover of the 2022 Indicators Report

2023 Indicators Report

The Institute’s 2023 Task Force videos and other research briefs are available on The Institute’s You Tube channel.

Moses Taylor Foundation
The Robert H. Spitz Foundation
Willary Foundation
Scranton Area Community Foundation
William G. McGowan Charitable Fund

The data dashboard is underwritten by the foundations that comprise Project STIR.


The size and composition of the two counties’ populations, and the dynamics driving population change

Jobs and Economy

Important economic indicators in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties and in Pennsylvania as a whole.


Identifies important education indicators, including high school graduation rates, career and technical education, SAT scores, dropout rates, educational attainment, degree completions, special education, and student-teacher ratios.

Technology and Innovation

This section of the report tracks measures of innovation such as STEM employment, research and technology funding, and clinical trials.


Northeastern Pennsylvania’s housing market, including demand, building permits, occupancy, housing affordability, rental affordability, housing density, market conditions, and homelessness.

Social Services

The Social Services section of the report describes important indicators related to social service programs, including government-funded services usually provided to those in need of essentials, such as health care and food.

Health & Health Care

The Health and Health Care section of this report identifies important health indicators in Pennsylvania and Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties.

Civic Engagement

Identifies important indicators in Lackawanna County, Luzerne County, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania – including nonprofit organizations, library circulation, voter turnout, and veterans.


County government fiscal affairs. The indicators reflect governmental size, scope, and financial health.

Public Safety

These statistics include crime rates, traffic safety, and police officer and fire department statistics.


Focuses on several key indicators, including recycling, waste management, mining impacts, and air and water quality.


The Infrastructure section of the report details travel trends, roads and bridges, energy, and broadband.

Arts, Culture and Heritage

Measures quality of life factors like the arts, historic resources, farmland preservation, and tourism.

Social Equity

Analyzing disparities and inequities between population segments across a variety of topics

City Data

Dive deeper into granular data on the region’s six cities.

County Data

Focuses on several key indicators, including recycling, waste management, mining impacts, and air and water quality.