Allentown

In 1982, Billy Joel released “Allentown”, a song about a town that is struggling once mining and manufacturing jobs have gone elsewhere. Allentown, Pennsylvania is the third largest city in the state, and the entire metropolitan area is the 68th largest in the...

Scranton

Scranton, the Electric City, might be best known these days as the city where the hit NBC TV show, The Office, took place. But long before Jim was playing pranks on Dwight, Scranton was an industrial hub where coal mining and industrial improvements put them on the...

Kansas City

Once a critical point in westward expansion, and the convergence of three major trails—the Santa Fe, California and Oregon—Kansas City is the 31st largest metropolitan area in the country. The metropolitan area sits directly on the state line between Kansas and...

St. Louis

Home to nearly 3 million people and the 21st largest metropolitan area in the country, St. Louis gained in population in the late 19th century, benefiting from the industrial revolution on the edge of the rust belt. It was then that major corporations including...

Salt Lake City

Once a prominent home of Native American tribes, settled by pioneers from the Mormon church and a prominent trading post during the gold rush, Salt Lake City today looks a little different than its humble beginnings. While once home to mostly LDS members, the city is...

Boise

Sitting on the Boise River in southwestern Idaho, Boise, the capital city, is the most populated city in the state. The Boise metropolitan area, referred to as Treasure Valley, is the 76th largest metropolitan area in the country. And while that might not sound...