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Wilkes Barre - Luzerne county

Population 43,123

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, in Luzerne county, is 15 miles SW of Scranton, Pennsylvania and 95 miles W of Newark, New Jersey. The city is conveniently located inside the Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton metropolitan area. There are an estimated 43,123 people in Wilkes Barre.

The People and Families of Wilkes Barre

In Wilkes Barre, about 38% of adults are married. In Wilkes Barre, lots of people live on their own. Though there are lots of families, the city isn't one of those places where everyone is married. Single people can feel at home there.

Wilkes Barre has its share of retirees. People over 65 are not uncommon.

Wealth and Education

In 2000, Wilkes Barre had a median family income of $36,630.

Political Inclinations

In the 2004 race for President, George W. Bush was the top recipient of campaign contributions ($41,025) in Wilkes Barre. Party contributions tended to flow to the Republican team.

Crime and Safety

The low crime rate is a boost to quality of living and housing values in Wilkes Barre.

Wilkes Barre Housing

Approximately 54% of housing in Wilkes Barre is owner-occupied. Dwellings tend to be older, with average home age more advanced in the city than you'll find in other cities.

Commuting

In Wilkes Barre, 88% of commuters drive to work. Wilkes Barre is not so congested and car-oriented that lots of people can't get around on foot or by bike. The commute to work is less of a chore in the city than other cities.
Wilkes Barre Population (2000)

CategoryCountPercent
Total Population43,123100%
Male20,79948.2%
Female22,32451.8%
Under 188,57419.9%
18+34,54980.1%
65+8,88420.6%
Median Age38.8 
Average Family Size2.96 
White39,80192.3%
African-American2,1935.1%
Asian3420.8%
American Indian & Alaskan480.1%
Other2280.5%
Mixed Race4971.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above)6831.6%
Median Family Income (1999)$36,630 
Population In Poverty7,05117.8%
Wilkes Barre Ancestry

AncestryPercent
Irish18.7%
Polish18.2%
German12.9%
Italian11.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American)8.2%
Slovak4.6%
Welsh3.9%
English3.6%
US/American3%
Lithuanian2.9%
Russian2.7%
Lebanese1.2%
Ukrainian1.1%
Dutch0.9%
Pennsylvania German0.9%
Syrian0.8%
Scottish0.6%
French (except Basque)0.6%
Greek0.4%
Scotch-Irish0.4%
Swedish0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Austrian0.3%
African0.3%
European0.2%
Zairian0.2%
Portuguese0.2%

  


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