Towns include: East Stroudsburg
Job growth (2000-2006): 43.9%
Home of the picturesque Pocono Mountains, Monroe County is the gateway to what Gov. Ed Rendell hopes will become known as Wall Street West. A major fiber-optic initiative is the first step and will make the region the only area within a 125 fiber-mile radius of Manhattan to meet Federal Reserve and Securities and Exchange Commission recommendations for backup networks. Meanwhile, the area's rich recreational heritage as well as the birth of legalized gaming in the Poconos has the area on the verge of hitting the jackpot.