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Welcome to Carbon County, Pennsylvania-
An Ideal Place to Live, Work, Play and Learn...



Immerse yourself in the rich history of our county seat, Jim Thorpe,
and surrounding towns…each has an intriguing story to tell.



517What We Make, Is What You Use

So many things that you and the world use are manufactured right here in Carbon County… from socks to polymers to fire engines and everything in between.


595Many Industries Call Us Home

Carbon County is home to various-sized businesses in industries, such as: retail, health care and fitness, beauty, agriculture, law, technology, manufacturing, creative & marketing, real estate, construction and tourism.

518You Want Adventure, We’ve Got It

Carbon County boasts plentiful natural resources, breathtaking views and a diverse topography. Possibilities for optimal outdoor adventures are endless…whitewater rafting, boating, swimming, skiing, tubing, snow shoeing, biking, hiking, skirmish, hunting, fishing, camping…parks, natural attractions, fairs, festivals & more.

519The Perfect Place to Visit & Relax

Need a little R&R? Come plan your stay! Enjoy scrumptious cuisine, great retail therapy, our relaxing beaches and resorts and the most charming and cozy overnight accommodations. We have something for everybody!


Our History


Carbon County (2012 population 65,006) was created on March 13, 1843, from parts of Northampton and Monroe Counties. Its name refers to its deposits of anthracite coal. Jim Thorpe, the county seat, was originally incorporated on January 26, 1850 as the Borough of Mauch Chunk, an Indian name meaning “bear mountain.” It was renamed in 1954 for Jim Thorpe, the famous Indian athlete who is buried there.


Carbon County was the home of the first railroad in America that was built on any large scale. The “Switchback” railroad, as it came to be known in its glory days, was originally designed to carry coal. The Switchback led a long and active life. It was first a coal carrier and then solely a tourist attraction. In the 1930’s, the railroad carried its last passengers.

The County


Located in northeastern Pennsylvania, approximately 90 miles west of New York City and 90 miles northeast of Philadelphia, the County is bordered on the north by Luzerne County, on the east by Monroe County, on the west by Schuylkill County and on the south by Lehigh and Northampton Counties. The northern and eastern portions of the County are part of the Pocono Mountains region of the Commonwealth.


The population of the County grew from the early nineteenth century through the 1920s, fell with the declines in the anthracite coal industry through the early 1960s, and has been growing again since then. At the current time, the County is experiencing growth in population and industry primarily related to the westward movement of the East Coast metropolitan area. In the last several years, the growth has been primarily due to the growth of the Pocono Mountain region with the opening of the last portion of Interstate 78 into Pennsylvania, opening up a second and faster direct route into the New York metropolitan area from eastern and central Pennsylvania.


Carbon County is composed of 23 municipalities, each with its own municipal government. The county has 5 school districts and a county wide technical school. Carbon County, covering over 500 square miles, is known for its scenic mountains and rivers. Over 2/3 of the county is State Game Land & State Park Land. The attractive rural landscape attracts thousands of visitors each year to a county rich in heritage & history. The county boasts of its quality of life and it attracts both families and businesses to our region.

Carbon County Hotel Tax Grant


Next Deadlines for Submission are February 28th & September 30th.


Room Tax Allocation Committee (RTAC) 
As Authorized by: The Office of the Carbon County Commissioners


The Carbon County Commissioners have delegated to the RTAC certain responsibilities concerning the solicitation, evaluation and recommendation of tourism-related projects to be funded in part by proceeds from the Hotel Room Tax imposed throughout the County.

This Committee has developed and submitted to the Office of the County of Commissioners a protocol that include: general guidelines, guidelines, application criteria and an evaluation procedure.

General Guidelines


1. Twice annually, the RTAC will provide releases to the media and place advertisements informing eligible non-profit organizations in Carbon County of the availability of grants for tourism-related projects (that primarily bring tourists into Carbon County and encourage overnight stays) and soliciting their inquiries.

2. The RTAC will provide an application to interested organizations together with a timetable of deadlines for submission.

3. Following each deadline, the RTAC will convene to evaluate all applications that have been received and will record its recommendations for funding. 

4.The RTAC will send the report to the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, Inc. (PMVB) for final approval per ACT 18.

5. Invoices from vendors for marketing expenditures will be sent directly to PMVB for payment up to the amount approved by the RTAC.

6. Funding recipients will be required to submit a summary of all expenditures and pertinent project information to the RTAC within 12 months of the conclusion of the funded project.

7. PMVB Branding guidelines will be provided. Branding materials should be added to print/digital advertising including, but not limited to, websites, billboards and brochures. Any questions should be directed to Brian Bossuyt, Director of Marketing (PMVB) bbossuyt@poconos.org 570-421-5791 x 3120.

8. Upon approval of funding, marketing invoices should be sent to Staci Barkalow, CFO (PMVB) staci@poconos.org for payment.

Please be sure to indicate the organizations name along with your contact information on each marketing invoice.