Wilkes-Barre, PA Profile: Facts, Map & Data

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Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The City of Wilkes-Barre had a population of 42,101 as of July 1, 2016. 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, 2016.

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, 2016)

POPULATION

Total Population 42,101
Population in Households 39,005
Population in Familes 27,899
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,096
Population Density1 6,031
Diversity Index2 62
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 17,026
Average Household Size 2.29
Family Households 9,119
Average Family Size 3

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 19,809 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,937 (40.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 9,089 (45.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,783 (14.0%)
Median Home Value $82,120
Average Home Value $98,503
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $33,484
Average Household Income $44,319
Per Capita Income $18,757
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)

GROWTH RATES

2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.23% 0.04%
Households 0.14% 0.01%
Families 0.02% -0.08%
Median Household Income   -1.34%
Per Capita Income   0.81%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood 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.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

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, 2016 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 # 45 98th
Median Household Income # 1655 6th
Per Capita Income # 1637 7th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Pennsylvania Census Data Comparison Tool.