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Scranton is a city in Pennsylvania, part of the larger metropolitan area of Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton. It was once a major center of the anthracite mining and textile industries and was the first U.S. city with an electrified streetcar system. The nickname is "The Electric City". Once a major U.S. city, Scranton's population peaked in the 1930 census and has been falling since. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 76,415. Anthracite mining ceased in the city after the 1959 Knox Mine Disaster. The TV series The Office is set in Scranton.


Scranton is home to the National Park Service's Steamtown National Historic Site at the site of the old Lackawanna railway yards. The Electric City Trolley Museum is next to Steamtown, devoted to the history of the trolley. The Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum is located in McDade Park in Scranton. Adjacent to the museum is an underground coal mine tour in the old Lackawanna No. 190 Slope Mine.

Joe "Joseph" Biden

Joe Biden was born in Scranton.