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Online Colleges in Pennsylvania

Most Affordable Online Colleges
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Pennsylvania's first college, The University of Pennsylvania, predates the Declaration of Independence, and if the number of colleges and degree programs that exist in the state are any indication, Pennsylvania is as committed as ever to developing and educating the next generation of workers. Pennsylvania's Department of Education lists more than 500 institutions of higher learning at all levels, including private specialty schools, public two- and four-year institutions, private not-for-profit institutions, and others. Here's a summary of the educational opportunities in Pennsylvania:

Degree LevelNumber of Online ProgramsNumber of Colleges
Associate16545
Bachelor's27167
Master's33868

An ever-growing demand for educated workers has prompted the state to continually invest in higher education. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that as of May 2015, 5.7 million workers called Pennsylvania home. The following are among its largest industries, by employment:

  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Education and health services
  • Professional and business services
  • Government

While not all of these jobs demand higher education, many do, and that share is growing quickly. Many of the careers mentioned in the state's 2014 list of high-priority occupations require at least an associate degree. While this spells good news for Pennsylvanians who graduate from college, it puts those who have not at a disadvantage. The Lumina Foundation reports that as of 2012, only 39.7 percent of Pennsylvania's working-age adults (ages 25-64) held a degree. Pennsylvania needs to find ways to close this education shortfall if it hopes to excel economically. Online colleges in Pennsylvania are an important part of the solution.

Most Affordable Online Colleges in Pennsylvania

The following list ranks schools in Pennsylvania that offer low tuition costs. The schools are ranked based on their affordability by comparing the in-state, campus-based tuition they reported to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. In the case of a tie, the tie was broken by the school that had a higher overall score on the Top Colleges tool.

If you prefer to see a list of Pennsylvania schools ranked by quality, rather than affordability, see the Top Colleges tool.

Most Affordable Two-Year Online Colleges in Pennsylvania

For money-conscious students, a community college can be a good option. These schools can allow students the opportunity to earn an associate degree or earn credits to transfer to a four-year university. The schools below are the most affordable two-year colleges in the state of Pennsylvania.

1

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$4,680
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
20.08%
Institution Type
Public

About

Pennsylvania Highlands offers three associate degree programs entirely online -- business management, liberal arts and sciences, and technology management. It also offers a certificate program in early childhood management. The online classes for these degrees are every bit as tough as the face-to-face classes, and most are taught by the same professors. Online students also have access to all the same resources as on-campus students, including career and academic counseling and library resources.

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Northampton County Area Community College

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$5,460
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
29.73%
Institution Type
Public

About

Northampton County Area Community College's online early childhood education program is the first online program to be nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The school uses the Blackboard learning management system, as well as online, interactive learning modules and video documentation of lab-based classes. The school offers both 10- and 15-week class options. Also, the class sizes are small with no more than 15 students. What's more, courses are offered with multiple semester start dates, making it easier for students to schedule the classes they need as they work toward their degree.

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Butler County Community College

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$5,760
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
23.17%
Institution Type
Public

About

Butler, with more than 150 online courses and 20 online degrees, offers a great deal of flexibility to its online learners, many of whom can't come to campus because of work, family and commuting challenges. The school offers Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degree programs in a variety of areas, from pre-law to history, philosophy and psychology. It also offers certificate programs in accounting and early childhood education. The school uses the Canvas learning management system. Some courses are considered "web-blended," which means that students may have to travel to the physical campus to complete coursework.

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Westmoreland County Community College

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$5,880
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
45.41%
Institution Type
Public

About

Westmoreland offers online, blended and web-supplemented classes to students who have work or family obligations that prevent them from attending face-to-face classes. Westmoreland also offers a web-conferencing option, in which professors communicate with their classes via TV monitor, microphone or telephone conference systems. Students have the option of attending the session in person or tuning in from home. Online classes can earn credit toward associate degrees or certificates. Credits can also be transferred if the student decides to pursue a bachelor’s degree at another university.

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Lehigh Carbon Community College

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$6,000
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
28.34%
Institution Type
Public

About

Lehigh Carbon's 10 online associate degree programs are in a variety of business disciplines, including accounting, human resources and management, as well as various education fields. Some classes are primarily online but require 20 percent of class time to be spent in a face-to-face setting. Lehigh Carbon Community College, founded in 1966, teaches more than 7,500 students from the surrounding counties of Lehigh, Carbon and Schuylkill. Its 90 programs focus on healthcare, information technology, criminal justice, education and business administration. The classes are generally kept small -- an average of about 18 students for every teacher -- and many of its students are taking college-credit courses while they finish their high school diplomas.

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Most Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in Pennsylvania

The following five schools are the most affordable four-year schools out of the 115 four-year schools in Pennsylvania ranked in the study.

1

California University of Pennsylvania

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$6,820
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
58.08%
Institution Type
Public

About

California University of Pennsylvania offers both graduate and undergraduate degree programs online. There are a wide variety of degrees or concentrations available under its master’s of science, exercise science and health promotions banner, as well as a master’s in business, legal studies and nursing. It also offers a doctor of health science degree program. Bachelor's degree progams are offered in fields such as Arabic language and culture, nursing, land management, and legal studies. The university is a part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. It offers more than 100 undergraduate majors and at least 50 graduate programs both online and on its 40-acre campus in California, Pennsylvania.

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Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$6,820
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
40.21%
Institution Type
Public

About

Not only does Clarion offer 28 different online degree programs, it often offers various concentrations and minors within those degrees. Altogether, it offers five associate, 11 bachelor’s and 12 graduate degree programs in fields ranging from business administration to healthcare. Those in the online liberal studies program can concentrate on areas such as library science, women and gender studies, psychology and communication. It also offers master’s degree programs in education, special education and rehabilitative sciences. Clarion's campus resides in the beautiful rolling hills of western Pennsylvania, where its 5,500 students mingle with the surrounding town of 6,000 residents.

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West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$6,820
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
7.63%
Institution Type
Public

About

West Chester offers five online master’s degree programs and two doctorate programs. Masters are offered in business administration, public administration, special education, early childhood education and community nutrition. The online doctorate degree programs are offered in public administration and nursing practice. The school also offers a variety of online certificate programs. Like many schools offering online degree programs, West Chester provides its online students the same kind of administrative and academic support that on-campus students receive, including help with financial aid, advising, library services, proctoring services for off-site exams and technical support. West Chester is also a part of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education.

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Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$6,820
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
2.84%
Institution Type
Public

About

Shippensburg, also a part of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education, offers scores of online classes in such areas as art, accounting, business, journalism and communication, disability studies, mathematics and many other fields. Many of these courses, though entirely online, may require a face-to-face visit to the Shippensburg campus to take exams. However, some classes don't have this requirement, and students can take proctored exams at off-campus locations. The school's testing center makes the process much easier for students who are in online courses. Online classes are taught by the same faculty -- 95 percent of whom have terminal degrees -- who teach the face-to-face classes.

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Lock Haven University

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$6,820
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
32.01%
Institution Type
Public

About

Lock Haven's eCampus program offers online graduate degree programs in clinical mental health counseling, sport science, alternative education, teaching and learning, health science and actuarial science. It also offers a wide variety of undergraduate courses that are available online, including courses on topics such as accounting, art, digital photography, design, biology and scores of others. The good news for graduates of this school in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, is that more than 95 percent of its graduates in 2014 found jobs, joined the military or decided to continue their educations within the first six months of graduation. According to the school, more than half of its students graduate within six years of entering college.

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College Accreditation in Pennsylvania

It's vital that students choose a college that has been accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education. Accreditation means students' degrees meet common educational standards and therefore are valid.

Students attending online colleges in Pennsylvania want to ensure their school is accredited by the main accrediting body for the state's major schools systems:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

The MSCHE accredits prestigious Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, as well as the Penn State system and the state's many smaller community and technical colleges. Students can check with the Department of Education to see how their university is accredited.

School Interviews

Colleges around the country are improving their delivery of online programs by making distance education more interactive and integrating new technologies. Below we’ve interviewed some online educators and distance education coordinators in Pennsylvania to learn more about how online education is changing in the state. Read on to hear their advice for online students.

Cynthia Golden
If I had to give advice to a student interested in an online program, I'd say that you will succeed if you are organized, disciplined and motivated.

Cynthia Golden

Director Center for Instructional Development & Distance Education

University of Pittsburgh

Q. Can you tell us a little about the online programs offered at The University of Pittsburgh?

The University of Pittsburgh's online programs offer graduate professional programs of the same quality, taught by the same faculty, with the same level of support services as their counterparts offered to resident students enrolled on the Pittsburgh campus. Right now, there are graduate programs offered or planned in Education, Nursing, Gerontology, Information Sciences, Engineering, Public and International Affairs, and Law. More are in the works. In 2013, The U.S. News & World Report ranked Pitt ninth in graduate online nursing education. This year, our MLIS program was ranked No. 8 by TheBestSchools.Org. In addition, Pitt Online programs have received the Blackboard Exemplary Course Award four times.

Q. What advice would you give to students interested in an online degree program?

There are many advantages to studying in an online degree program. Students often pursue this path for convenience and ease of scheduling, or to be able to take advantage of an outstanding institution that is not in proximity to their home. If I had to give advice to a student interested in an online program, I'd say that you will succeed if you are organized, disciplined and motivated. Comfort with technology is a must. And don't be afraid to reach out to your professors and fellow students and initiate conversations and contact. There will be many opportunities and mechanisms available to do so, but it is up to you. If you want the after-class contact that you might have on a campus, you have to initiate it. You won't bump into people in the halls. That being said, everyone is in the same situation, and the interaction is an important part of the learning experience, so people are usually willing and eager to engage online.

Q. How do you anticipate online learning might evolve in the coming years?

I think that we will continue to see the world of online learning evolve and more and more lifelong learners take advantage of the convenience afforded by online learning environments. The rapid rise of the MOOCs is evidence that there is interest in high-quality online education. Online degree programs, particularly at the master's level, will continue to grow as people balance work and family life while continuing their professional development and education.

I also think we will see more "blended" learning taking place -- combining the best practices of both the online and face-to-face environments. Colleges and universities are designing more and more courses that take advantage of sophisticated multimedia and learning technologies to supplement the time that the faculty and the learners spend together.


 Stanley Braverman, Esq., MBA
Online courses are especially well suited for working adults wishing to complete an undergraduate degree or earn a graduate degree on their own time.

Stanley Braverman, Esq., MBA

Assistant Provost

La Salle University Online

Q. Can you describe the types of online programs offered at LaSalle.

La Salle has increased its online presence from its initial offerings of Pre-Speech Language Pathology and Instructional Technology Management. We now have over a dozen high-quality online certificate and degree programs, such as Economic Crime Forensics, Human Capital Development and Nonprofit Leadership. Several new innovative graduate-level programs coming out next year will expand our online brand. We are very selective in launching new online programming to be certain it meets our mission of reaching under-served communities and is within our academic expertise. Most of our programs target working adults with demanding family and professional responsibilities. Our largest fully online program is the Nursing RN to BSN.

Q. What advice do you give students thinking about an online degree program?

Once you have decided what type of program best suits your interests, explore several different colleges offering the same program to find what works for you. Online offerings vary significantly among colleges. Is the program presented asynchronously any time or any place, or synchronously, with required virtual classroom attendance? Review a course syllabus to get a true understanding of the time commitment needed to successfully complete an online course. Do not expect the course to be less challenging than a traditional face-to-face course.

Q. What changes are we likely to see in online classes in coming years?

One of the biggest online issues for colleges is the State Authorization of Out-of-State Institutions. States may have the ability to regulate non-state institutions from offering courses in their state. This will likely result in many smaller and mid-sized colleges deciding not to offer online courses in certain states, making online programming regional instead of national. It is easy to anticipate that the average age of the online learner will increase. Online courses are especially well suited for working adults wishing to complete an undergraduate degree or earn a graduate degree on their own time. As technology continues to advance, course administration and learner participation also continue to improve, making enhanced online courses less costly to produce. Online participation will grow well beyond the current estimate of one in four college students having completed at least one online course.

Financial Aid in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) is the organization that provides student financial aid assistance to millions of Pennsylvanians. Services include loan guaranty, loan servicing and financial aid processing. You can see a list of some of the scholarships, grants and loans offered in Pennsylvania below:

Pennsylvania Scholarships

Most of the Pennsylvania organizations that offer scholarships do so on a regional basis. PHEAA offers a list of organizations that offer scholarship opportunities, organized by county. Here are three scholarship opportunities, one that is not geographically-specific and two that are:

This scholarship opportunity is brought to Pennsylvanians by a partnership with the PHEAA and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. These funds are intended for high-academic achievers whose annual family income does not exceed $110,000.

  • Application deadline:  Students must first be nominated by the college or university
  • Award amount: $2,000 for full-time and $1,000 for part-time students
  • Number of scholarships awarded: Not specified
  • Renewable:  No
  • Minimum GPA: 3.25
  • Merit vs. need-based:  Both
  • Ethnicity: All
  • Academic status:  Must have completed one academic year.
  • Residency required: Yes
This scholarship is intended for students who graduated from a Pittsburgh Public High School or charter school, attended school in Pittsburgh since the 9th grade, and are current residents of the state. Award amounts are determined on a sliding scale based on how long a student has been enrolled in the Pittsburgh public schools. For example, students who have attended kindergarten in Pittsburgh will be awarded more than students who started school in the city in fifth grade.

  • Application deadline:  April 30th
  • Award amount: $10,000 per year or $40,000 total
  • Number of scholarships awarded: Not specified
  • Renewable: Yes
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • Merit vs. need-based: Merit
  • Ethnicity: All
  • Academic status:  Admission to a post-secondary school in Pennsylvania
  • Residency required:  Yes
This scholarship provided by the Harrisburg Branch of the American Association of University Women provides funding for women from Dauphin or Cumberland counties. Candidates must be attending a college in Pennsylvania, showcase academic excellence and demonstrate financial need. The application requires verification of enrollment, an essay and two personal references.

  • Application deadline:  June 1
  • Award amount: $1,000
  • Number of scholarships awarded: 1
  • Renewable:  No
  • Minimum GPA: 3.25
  • Merit vs. need-based: Both
  • Ethnicity: All
  • Academic status:  Must be a full-time bachelor's degree student
  • Residency required:  Yes

Read the Ultimate Guide to Scholarships for even more resources.

Pennsylvania Grants

The first step for any Pennsylvania student wishing to apply for a grant is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This will allow any organizations that offer grants to quickly and easily determine your eligibility, based on the financial information that you provide. Here are three grants for which you might be eligible:

This financial need-based grant, administered by PHEAA, assists Pennsylvanians who wish to go to college, but who may not have the means. At minimum, applicants must be enrolled in a two-year program at an approved postsecondary school. Students must complete their degree through at least 50 percent classroom instruction.

  • Application deadline:  May 1st
  • Award amount:  Varies
The Partnerships for Access to Higher Education (PATH) Program is a matching grant program for students who have already received a scholarship through one of several hundred of PATH's nonprofit partners. Check the website to see if you are eligible to apply.

  • Application deadline:  September 30
  • Award amount:  Maximum $2,500
PHEAA partners with the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to provide this tuition assistance program for students who serve in the Pennsylvania National Guard for six years. Other eligibility requirements include that students be residents of Pennsylvania enrolled in a degree-granting program of study at an approved Pennsylvania institution of higher learning.

  • Application deadline:  Not specified
  • Award amount:  Varies

Want to learn more about grant opportunities? Read through the Ultimate Guide to Grants.

Pennsylvania Loans

PHEAA conducts its own loan servicing operations under the name American Education Services (AES). PHEAA created an Account Access website through AES to help students better manage their loans online. Students can also borrow money for college through the federal government; more information on these opportunities is available through the PHEAA site.

For more on loans, go to the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Pennsylvania

  • PHEAA provides a list of funding opportunities in Pennsylvania, including information on state grant programs, work-study opportunities and funding for military members.

Top Cities For Students In Pennsylvania

Many online students live and work near large cities. Here are some of the largest cities or metro areas in Pennsylvania, as well as important facts on each. These data points will help students know what they might expect to pay for rent or what salary they may earn depending on their highest-earned degree.

Philadelphia, PA

Total Population

2,107,695

Median salary for high school grads

$28,418

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$48,578

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

12.1%

Median rent

$756

Economics

The Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington metropolitan region is the largest in the commonwealth, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), supported more than 2.7 million workers as of May 2015. Education and health services remains the state's largest industry, but the trade, transportation and utilities as well as the professional and business services sectors are not far behind. The Cost of Living index is 118.8, with home values averaging $143,200 between 2010 and 2014, according the Census Bureau.

Demographics

The metropolitan region of Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington supports nearly half of the state's total workforce. The Census Bureau reported in 2010 that 43.4 percent of the population of Philadelphia was African American and 41 percent of the city’s population was Caucasian. In the same year, Hispanics made up 12.3 percent of the city’s population.

Fun Facts

You need not be a history buff to know that Philadelphia played a significant role in the nation's history, both before and after its independence from England. Resident and visiting students can tour a number of historical sites and cathedrals, including the famous Liberty Bell. It also offers a myriad of cultural highlights, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and a thriving zoo.

Pittsburgh, PA

Total Population

2,358,793

Median salary for high school grads

$27,668

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$49,358

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

8.4%

Median rent

$569

Economics

Though much less populous than Philadelphia, Pittsburgh is the second-largest metropolitan region in Pennsylvania. In fact, more than 1.1 million people worked here in May 2015. Below are the region's largest industries, by employment:

  • Education and health services
  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Professional and business services

The median annual wage in the Pittsburgh metro was $40,795 in 2015, according to the BLS. The Cost of Living index is 94.4, with average home values at $91,500 between the years of 2010 and 2014, according the U.S. Census Bureau.

Demographics

The Pittsburgh metro supported about one-fifth of the commonwealth's total civilian workforce in 2014. According to the Census Bureau in 2010, Caucasians made up 66 percent of the city’s population. African Americans made up 26.1 percent of the population, while Asians made up 4.4 percent of the population.

Fun Facts

Pittsburgh may be historically synonymous with steel, but the city actually holds a number of claims to fame. Known as the "City of Bridges," Pittsburgh is home to nearly 450 bridges, more than the city of Venice. It is also home to a number of world-famous art venues, including the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Phipps Conservatory.

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ

Total Population

826,260

Median salary for high school grads

$31,152

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$50,943

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

8.3%

Median rent

$787

Economics

The Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton metropolitan region is the commonwealth's third largest metro, economically speaking, drawing 346,910 workers in 2015. The following are the area's largest industries, by employment:

  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Education and health services
  • Professional and business services

According to the BLS, the metro's 2015 median annual wage of $45,510 was about on par with the national average. The Cost of Living index is 105.1, and home values averaged $128,700 between 2010 and 2014, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Demographics

Allentown proper was home to more than 118,000 people in 2014. According to the BLS, the metro supported a bit less than 10 percent of the state's total working population -- far less than Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. In 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, whites and African Americans made up the largest demographic groups by race in the city. Over 58 percent of the city’s population was white while over 12 percent was African American.

Fun Facts

Allentown is green, but not with envy: The region maintains over 2,000 acres of parkland, which, according to the city's official web site, is well above the national average. It also features a bustling, renovated downtown complete with two symphony orchestras, an opera house, an art museum and two theater companies. Visitors should be sure to visit Hamilton Street in particular, which serves as a cultural and business center.

 

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