Located in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains, just one hour east of Pittsburgh, Indiana County is home to an extensive Rails to Trails system, a variety of yearly festivals and a community of Old Order Amish families. Along with being the birthplace and childhood home of Hollywood actor Jimmy Stewart, it is also known as the “Christmas Tree Capital of the World.” The Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) is attended by more than 15,000 students. The town of Indiana is the county seat.
The top employment sectors are retail trade, healthcare and manufacturing with IUP, Indiana Regional Medical Center and First Commonwealth Financial Corp. among top employers. Indiana County hosts 31 fairs and festivals including Thunder Mountain Lenapé Nation Native American Festival, Pick-A-Dilly Herb Faire and the Saltsburg Canal Days.
Year-round visitors and locals alike enjoy tje 64-mile Rails to Trails system, as well as the county's 5,452 acres of parkland and 792 acres of lakes.
Tucked away in a secluded section of northern Indiana County is the community of Smicksburg, home to over 300 Old Order Amish families. Visitors may take in the rolling farmland, clatter of horses pulling buggies and shops featuring pottery, locally made wine and cheese, country crafts, quilts, Amish furniture and baked goods. The Blairsville Underground Railroad History Center tells the story of the life of children and adults who escaped slavery during the 1800s.