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Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The City of Wilkes-Barre had a population of 42,055 as of July 1, 2017. Wilkes-Barre ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Pennsylvania. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Wilkes-Barre is located at latitude 41.2466 and longitude -75.8757 in Luzerne County. The formal boundaries for the City of Wilkes-Barre (see map below) encompass a land area of 6.98 sq. miles and a water area of 0.33 sq. miles. Luzerne County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 548 feet.

The City of Wilkes-Barre (GNIS ID: 1215416) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Wilkes-Barre population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Wilkes-Barre: Fort Durkee, Wilkes Barre, Wilkesbarre, Wilkes-Barre City.

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Wilkes-Barre, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 42,055
Daytime Population: Workers 26,494
Daytime Population: Residents 23,715
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 50,209
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.19
Population in Households 38,938
Population in Familes 27,787
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,117
Population Density2 6,025
Diversity Index3 65


Median Household Income $35,126
Average Household Income $46,262
Per Capita Income $19,521


Total Housing Units 19,694 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,885 (40.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 9,097 (46.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,712 (13.8%)
Median Home Value $85,047
Average Home Value $102,439


Total Households 16,982
Average Household Size 2.29
Family Households 9,075
Average Family Size 3


1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.18% -0.03%
Households 0.09% -0.08%
Families -0.05% -0.15%
Median Household Income   1.14%
Per Capita Income   2.44%

Wilkes-Barre, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Wilkes-Barre to the other 1,762 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Pennsylvania by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 14 99th
Population Density1 # 89 95th
Diversity Index2 # 42 98th
Median Household Income # 1643 7th
Per Capita Income # 1640 7th

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