Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

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Population in 2014: 40,814 (100% urban, 0% rural). Population change since 2000: -5.4%
 
Males: 20,182  (49.5%)
Females: 20,632  (50.5%)
Median resident age:  33.1 years
Pennsylvania median age:  40.6 years

Zip codes: 18701.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $31,672 (it was $26,711 in 2000)
Wilkes-Barre:

$31,672
PA:

$52,007

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $16,918 (it was $15,050 in 2000)

Wilkes-Barre city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $83,434 (it was $65,500 in 2000)
Wilkes-Barre:

$83,434
PA:

$164,200

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $91,743; Detached houses: $94,415; Townhouses or other attached units: $69,274; In 2-unit structures: $104,960; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $143,425; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $40,245; Mobile homes: $40,916

Median gross rent in 2013: $644.

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  • Races in Wilkes-Barre, PA (2013)

    Wilkes-Barre races chart
    • 28,43269.1%White alone
    • 6,54615.9%Hispanic
    • 4,93512.0%Black alone
    • 1,0412.5%Two or more races
    • 4471.1%Asian alone
    • 600.1%American Indian alone

Races in Wilkes-Barre detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Wilkes-Barre: 94.9 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: Irish (15.7%), Polish (13.5%), German (12.5%), Italian (8.8%), Welsh (4.5%), English (3.0%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated on 05/24/1871

Elevation: 550 feet

Land area: 6.85 square miles.

Population density: 5,959 people per square mile   (average).

Wilkes-Barre,PA real estate house value index trend

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania map

For population 25 years and over in Wilkes-Barre:

  • High school or higher: 83.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 14.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.1%
  • Unemployed: 8.9%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Wilkes-Barre city:

  • Never married: 45.1%
  • Now married: 34.0%
  • Separated: 3.4%
  • Widowed: 7.7%
  • Divorced: 9.8%

2,374 residents are foreign born (3.6% Latin America, 0.6% Asia).

This city:

5.8%
Pennsylvania:

6.2%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,554 (1.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,359 (1.7%)

Wilkes-Barre satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Scranton, PA (15.9 miles , pop. 76,415).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Philadelphia, PA (94.4 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities: Wilkes-Barre Township, PA (1.1 miles ), Kingston borough, PA (1.3 miles ), Edwardsville borough, PA (1.5 miles ), Ashley borough, PA (1.5 miles ), Pringle borough, PA (1.6 miles ), Plains, PA (1.6 miles ), Laurel Run borough, PA (1.6 miles ), Forty Fort borough, PA (1.6 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 7 buildings, average cost: $70,300
  • 1998: 6 buildings, average cost: $40,200
  • 1999: 5 buildings, average cost: $58,800
  • 2000: 3 buildings, average cost: $71,900
  • 2003: 4 buildings, average cost: $54,000
  • 2004: 4 buildings, average cost: $54,000
  • 2005: 4 buildings, average cost: $54,000
  • 2006: 3 buildings, average cost: $54,000
  • 2007: 2 buildings, average cost: $54,000
  • 2008: 4 buildings, average cost: $131,500
  • 2009: 3 buildings, average cost: $140,000
  • 2010: 2 buildings, average cost: $205,000
  • 2011: 1 building, cost: $275,000
  • 2012: 2 buildings, average cost: $250,000
  • 2013: 3 buildings, average cost: $200,000
  • 2014: 4 buildings, average cost: $212,500

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 41.24 N, Longitude: 75.88 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +12,901 (+31.3%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 6,431 (39.7%)

Area code: 570

Wilkes-Barre household income distribution Wilkes-Barre home values distribution

Property values in Wilkes-Barre, PA


Crime rates in Wilkes-Barre by Year
Type 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Murders 323363210223122
per 100,000 6.94.77.27.214.57.34.924.64.94.87.229.24.9
Rapes 1515153031191771312303022
per 100,000 34.635.635.972.174.946.341.517.231.728.872.272.953.6
Robberies 1139290112110110104881111297611092
per 100,000 260.9218.4215.5269.0265.9268.0253.8216.2270.9309.9183.0267.2224.3
Assaults 121395862626157667070635663
per 100,000 279.492.6138.9148.9149.9148.6139.1162.1170.9168.1151.7136.0153.6
Burglaries 378406267338298373250284352317271317348
per 100,000 872.7963.8639.3811.8720.3908.6610.1697.6859.2761.5652.5770.1848.4
Thefts 1,4851,5791,1071,1431,2561,1941,1701,1191,3731,0808699691,037
per 100,000 3,428.63,748.52,650.42,745.23,035.72,908.62,855.32,748.73,351.22,594.32,092.42,353.92,528.2
Auto thefts 21413411912113211610194898610310364
per 100,000 494.1318.1284.9290.6319.0282.6246.5230.9217.2206.6248.0250.2156.0
Arson 148182010136684365
per 100,000 32.319.043.148.024.231.714.614.719.59.67.214.612.2
City-data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 287.5) 404.2356.7302.1364.0387.1356.1316.3329.8354.0325.4299.8383.2316.4

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City-data.com crime index counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

Crime rate in Wilkes-Barre detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2014, including police officers: 83 (79 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.93
Pennsylvania average:

2.59
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

6.3%
Pennsylvania:

4.9%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units


Population change in the 1990s: -4,577 (-9.6%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (17%)
  • Retail trade (17%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (6%)
  • Construction (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (23%)
  • Accommodation and food services (14%)
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Educational services (9%)
  • Manufacturing (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Production occupations (12%)
  • Material moving occupations (9%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (9%)
  • Transportation occupations (8%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (25%)
  • Sales and related occupations (13%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (7%)
  • Production occupations (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Management occupations (5%)

Work and jobs in Wilkes-Barre: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Wilkes-Barre-area historical tornado activity is slightly below Pennsylvania state average. It is 28% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/2/1998, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 22.9 miles away from the Wilkes-Barre city center killed 2 people and injured 15 people and caused $2 million in damages.

On 7/26/1981, a category F3 tornado 36.0 miles away from the city center injured 2 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Wilkes-Barre-area historical earthquake activity is near Pennsylvania state average. It is 86% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 203.0 miles away from the city center
On 1/16/1994 at 01:49:16, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 63.8 miles away from Wilkes-Barre center
On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 235.1 miles away from the city center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 249.5 miles away from the city center
On 1/16/1994 at 00:42:43, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 63.8 miles away from Wilkes-Barre center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 275.0 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Luzerne County (14) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 6, Storms: 6, Hurricanes: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Tropical Depression: 1, Tropical Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Wilkes-Barre topographic map

Birthplace of: Hal Woodeshick - Baseball player, George Catlin - Artist, Alexander Hamilton Bowman - Union Army officer, John Yudichak - Politician, Bertha Galland - Stage actor, Jon M. Gibson - Writer, Bob Sura - NBA player (Houston Rockets, born: Mar 25, 1973), Candy Jones - Female model, Joseph John "Tym" Tymczyszyn - Aviator, Kevin Gryboski - 2005 Major League Baseball player (Texas Rangers, born: Nov 15, 1973).

Main business address for: MM COMPANIES INC (PHONOGRAPH RECORDS & PRERECORDED AUDIO TAPES & DISKS), SOUTHERN UNION CO (NATURAL GAS DISTRIBUTION).

Hospitals and medical centers in Wilkes-Barre:

  • WILKES BARRE VA MEDICAL CENTER (Government Federal, 1111 EAST END BOULEVARD)
  • WILKES-BARRE GENERAL HOSPITAL (Voluntary non-profit - Private, 575 NORTH RIVER STREET)
  • GOLDEN LIVINGCENTER-EAST MOUNTAIN (101 EAST MOUNTAIN DRIVE)
  • JOHN HEINZ SENIOR REHAB CARE (150 MUNDY STREET)
  • RIVERSTREET MANOR (440 NORTH RIVER STREET)
  • FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE WILKES-BARRE (307 LAIRD STREET, SUITE #1)

Airports and heliports located in Wilkes-Barre:

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Colleges/Universities in Wilkes-Barre:

  • Wilkes University (Full-time enrollment: 3,912; Location: 84 West South Street; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.wilkes.edu; Offers Doctor's degree)
  • King's College (FT enrollment: 2,392; Location: 133 N River St; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.kings.edu; Offers Master's degree)

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Wilkes-Barre:

  • Luzerne County Community College (about 7 miles; Nanticoke, PA; Full-time enrollment: 4,724)
  • Misericordia University (about 9 miles; Dallas, PA; FT enrollment: 2,554)
  • University of Scranton (about 17 miles; Scranton, PA; FT enrollment: 5,488)
  • Marywood University (about 19 miles; Scranton, PA; FT enrollment: 2,959)
  • Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (about 34 miles; Bloomsburg, PA; FT enrollment: 9,452)
  • East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (about 41 miles; East Stroudsburg, PA; FT enrollment: 6,195)
  • Lehigh Carbon Community College (about 43 miles; Schnecksville, PA; FT enrollment: 4,391)

Public high schools in Wilkes-Barre:

  • G A R MEMORIAL JSHS (Students: 889, Location: GRANT & LEHIGH STREETS, Grades: 7-12)
  • WILKES-BARRE AREA CTC (Location: JUMPER ROAD PLAINS TOWNSHIP, Grades: 9-12)

Public elementary/middle school in Wilkes-Barre:

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Library in Wilkes-Barre:

  • OSTERHOUT FREE LIBRARY (Operating income: $2,370,281; Location: 71 SOUTH FRANKLIN ST; 220,286 books; 18,922 audio materials; 6,642 video materials; 8 local licensed databases; 82 state licensed databases; 3 other licensed databases; 240 print serial subscriptions; 2 electronic serial subscriptions)

User submitted facts and corrections:

  • Fire-1999 Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvnia. four resiedents involved...Hazle Street(960)Avenue
  • The hospital on North River Street in W-B is actually the area's first and has always been known as W-B General Hospital. Nearby is Geisinger Hospital, the area's newest, and in South W-B is Mercy Hospital which recently affiliated with Geisinger. Nesbitt Memorial Hospital is on Wyoming Ave. across the river in Kingston, and I believe it is now affiliated with W-B General Hosp.
  • Kings College should be added to list of colleges in Wilkes-Barre. It is located within the city limits, offers bachelor's and master's degrees; has enrollment of about 3,000 undergrad students, 500 graduates students
  • Add to the public schools located within the city of Wilkes-Barre: Coughlin High School, 80 North Wastington Street, Wilkes-Barre. Phone 570-826-7201. Dodson Elementary School, 80 Jones Street, Wilkes-Barre, Phone 570-826-7185 Flood Elementary School, 565 North Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre, Pa Phone 570-826-7245 Heights/Murray Elementary School, 1 South Sherman Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA Phone 570-826-7255 Kistler, Dr. David, Elementary School, 301 Old River Road, Wilkes-Barre, PA Phone 570-826-7230 Mackin, Edward, Elementary School, 13 Hillard Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA Phone 570-826-7195 E. L. Meyers High School, 341 Carey Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, PA Phone 570-826-7145 Solomon/Plains Memorial Elementary School, 41 Abbott Street, Plains, PA Phone 570-826-7222 Solomon/Plains Memorial Junior High School, 43 Abbott Street, Plains, PA Phone 570-826-7224 Bear Creek Community Charter School, 2000 Bear Creek Boulevard, Bear Creek, PA Phone 570-820-4070 Private Catholic High School: Bishop Hoban High School, 159 South Pennsylvania Boulevard, Wilkes-Barre, PA Phone 570-829-2424 Private elementary/middle school: Wilkes-Barre Academy, 20 Stevens Road, Wilkes-Barre, PA Phone 570-823-7574
  • There are 2 other Public High Schools in the city beside GAR, they are J.M coughlin HS and E.L. Meyers HS. One Catholic HS in the city is Bishop Hoban HS. added by Fred A

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Notable locations in Wilkes-Barre: Parsons Station (A), Leo Court (B), Maria's Garden (C), Meditation Court (D), Monarch Court (E), Alumni Hall - King's College (F), Building Super (G), Charles E Parente Life Science Center (H), D Leonard Corgan Library (I), George Esseff and Denise Esseff Ortiz Hall (J), Guest House (K), Hafey-Marian Hall (L), Hessel Admissions Building (M), Holy Cross Hall (N), Marie E Luksic Hall (O), Mulligan Physical Science Center (P), Reverend Leo F Flood Hall (Q), Scandlon Gymnasium (R), Sheehy - Farmer Campus Center (S), Weckesser Hall (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Main business address in Wilkes-Barre: MM COMPANIES INC (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Church in Wilkes-Barre: King's College Chapel (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Mill Creek (A), Laurel Run (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Wilkes-Barre include: Kirby Park (1), George Ralston Field (2), Charles N Burns Alumni Tower and Carillon (3), Huber Park (4), Mayflower Park (5), Miner Park (6). Display/hide their locations on the map

Luzerne County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 96.2. This is worse than average.

City:

96.2
U.S.:

74.7

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2013 was 0.0839. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 0.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.0839
U.S.:

0.2932

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 8.23. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 1.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.23
U.S.:

6.40

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 0.537. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 2.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.537
U.S.:

1.912

Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 24.6. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 1.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

24.6
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 14.9. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 0.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

14.9
U.S.:

20.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 9.42. This is about average. Closest monitor was 2.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

9.42
U.S.:

9.35
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 28.3%
(19.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 56.0% for Black residents, 49.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 13.4% for American Indian residents, 29.7% for other race residents, 34.5% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.3 people
Pennsylvania:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  54.0%
Whole state:  65.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  8.1%
Whole state:  6.6%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households

People in group quarters in Wilkes-Barre in 2010:

  • 1,748 people in college/university student housing
  • 471 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 420 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 161 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 96 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 46 people in in-patient hospice facilities
  • 46 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 43 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 13 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 10 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 7 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 4 people in group homes intended for adults

People in group quarters in Wilkes-Barre in 2000:

  • 1,135 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 1,098 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 721 people in nursing homes
  • 283 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 172 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 79 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 45 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 44 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 44 people in religious group quarters
  • 22 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 19 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 7 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 4 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 4 people in hospices or homes for chronically ill

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania environmental map by EPA

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Arena or stadium:
  • Wachovia Arena. Capacity: 8,500.

Banks with branches in Wilkes-Barre (2011 data):

  • Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company: Coal Street Branch, East End Branch, South Franklin Branch. Info updated 2011/08/08: Bank assets: $76,887.1 mil, Deposits: $60,064.2 mil, headquarters in Buffalo, NY, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 808 total offices, Holding Company: M&T Bank Corporation
  • Community Bank, National Association: Wilkes-Barre - N. Franklin St. Branc at 64 North Franklin Street, branch established on 1994/06/22. Info updated 2011/06/13: Bank assets: $6,460.6 mil, Deposits: $4,840.4 mil, headquarters in Canton, NY, positive income, 175 total offices, Holding Company: Community Bank System, Inc.
  • First National Bank of Pennsylvania: Wilkes Barre Branch at 639 South Main Street, branch established on 1996/10/15. Info updated 2012/01/10: Bank assets: $9,581.0 mil, Deposits: $7,462.2 mil, headquarters in Greenville, PA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 291 total offices, Holding Company: F.N.b. Corporation
  • The Honesdale National Bank: Mortgage Center Branch at 38 North Franklin Street, branch established on 1996/04/29. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $560.7 mil, Deposits: $478.0 mil, headquarters in Honesdale, PA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 9 total offices, Holding Company: Honat Bancorp, Inc.
  • First National Community Bank: Wilkes-Barre Branch at 23 West Market Street, branch established on 1993/07/26. Info updated 2012/01/12: Bank assets: $1,105.2 mil, Deposits: $957.5 mil, headquarters in Dunmore, PA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 22 total offices, Holding Company: First National Community Bancorp Inc
  • First Keystone Community Bank: Hanover Township Branch at 1540 Sans Souci Highway, branch established on 1997/10/06. Info updated 2010/10/19: Bank assets: $826.0 mil, Deposits: $627.9 mil, headquarters in Berwick, PA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 15 total offices, Holding Company: First Keystone Corporation
  • NBT Bank, National Association: Wilkes-Barre Boulevard Branch at 171 North Wilkes Barre Boulevard, branch established on 1999/07/12. Info updated 2012/02/02: Bank assets: $5,558.5 mil, Deposits: $4,381.4 mil, headquarters in Norwich, NY, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 133 total offices, Holding Company: Nbt Bancorp Inc.
  • Bank of America, National Association: Penn Plaza Branch at 406 South Main Street, branch established on 1966/12/28. Info updated 2009/11/18: Bank assets: $1,451,969.3 mil, Deposits: $1,077,176.8 mil, headquarters in Charlotte, NC, positive income, 5782 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of America Corporation

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

10.7
Pennsylvania average:

11.4

Wilkes-Barre travel time to work - commute Wilkes-Barre mode of transportation to work chart

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Religion statistics for Wilkes-Barre city (based on Luzerne County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic138,00075
Mainline Protestant31,734142
Evangelical Protestant12,502108
Other5,13417
Orthodox1,66712
Black Protestant1181
None131,763-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 65
Luzerne County:

2.08 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
This county:

0.06 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.09 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 34
Luzerne County:

1.09 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

0.88 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 96
Luzerne County:

3.08 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.52 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 294
Here:

9.42 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.6%
Pennsylvania:

9.1%
Adult obesity rate:
Luzerne County:

27.4%
Pennsylvania:

27.2%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

9.6%
State:

11.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Wilkes-Barre:

48.9%
Pennsylvania:

49.8%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Wilkes-Barre:

44.7%
Pennsylvania:

46.3%

Average BMI:
This city:

28.5
Pennsylvania:

28.7

People feeling badly about themselves:
Wilkes-Barre:

21.6%
Pennsylvania:

21.1%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

11.5%
Pennsylvania:

11.0%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.9
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
Wilkes-Barre:

33.1%
Pennsylvania:

34.2%

General health condition:
Here:

54.2%
Pennsylvania:

55.7%

Average condition of hearing:
Wilkes-Barre:

76.5%
Pennsylvania:

78.0%

More about Health and Nutrition of Wilkes-Barre, PA Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2006)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 22$72,440$39,5131$1,993
Police Protection - Officers 82$383,715$56,1530$0
Police - Other 5$14,413$34,5910$0
Firefighters 79$342,457$52,0190$0
Housing and Community Development(Local) 16$60,161$45,1210$0
Fire - Other 1$3,060$36,7200$0
Health 19$69,015$43,5886$5,019
Solid Waste Management 40$127,278$38,18310$13,694
Parks and Recreation 1$3,516$42,1920$0
Financial Administration 19$59,913$37,8401$115
Judicial and Legal 3$10,609$42,4360$0
Totals for Government 287$1,146,577$47,94118$20,820

Wilkes-Barre government finances - Expenditure in 2006 (per resident):

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $1,971,000 ($48.29)
    Housing and Community Development: $1,221,000 ($29.92)
    Local Fire Protection: $352,000 ($8.62)
    Sewerage: $338,000 ($8.28)
    Police Protection: $191,000 ($4.68)
    Natural Resources - Other: $78,000 ($1.91)
    Parks and Recreation: $64,000 ($1.57)
    General Public Buildings: $9,000 ($0.22)
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $8,086,000 ($198.12)
    Regular Highways: $7,023,000 ($172.07)
    Local Fire Protection: $6,435,000 ($157.67)
    Housing and Community Development: $3,273,000 ($80.19)
    Central Staff Services: $2,618,000 ($64.14)
    General - Other: $2,404,000 ($58.90)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,460,000 ($35.77)
    Water Utilities: $1,434,000 ($35.14)
    Health - Other: $1,376,000 ($33.71)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $620,000 ($15.19)
    Parks and Recreation: $502,000 ($12.30)
    Financial Administration: $384,000 ($9.41)
    Sewerage: $243,000 ($5.95)
    Parking Facilities: $191,000 ($4.68)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $177,000 ($4.34)
    Libraries: $104,000 ($2.55)
    General Public Buildings: $42,000 ($1.03)
  • Employee Retirement - Benefit Payments: $4,747,000 ($116.31)
    Withdrawals: $30,000 ($0.74)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,080,000 ($26.46)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Housing and Community Development: $246,000 ($6.03)
    Central Staff Services: $217,000 ($5.32)
    Regular Highways: $210,000 ($5.15)
    Local Fire Protection: $190,000 ($4.66)
    Police Protection: $190,000 ($4.66)
    Parks and Recreation: $183,000 ($4.48)
    Solid Waste Management: $57,000 ($1.40)
    Health - Other: $2,000 ($0.05)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $14,981,000 ($367.06)

Wilkes-Barre government finances - Revenue in 2006 (per resident):

  • Charges - All Other: $2,614,000 ($64.05)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,448,000 ($35.48)
    Sewerage: $1,109,000 ($27.17)
    Parking Facilities: $859,000 ($21.05)
    Parks and Recreation: $220,000 ($5.39)
  • Employee Retirement - Earnings on Investments (calculated): $3,565,000 ($87.35)
    From Other Governments: $781,000 ($19.14)
    Local Employee Contribution: $672,000 ($16.46)
    From Parent Local Government: $462,000 ($11.32)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $2,969,000 ($72.74)
    All Other: $921,000 ($22.57)
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $522,000 ($12.79)
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $433,000 ($10.61)
    Interest Earnings: $201,000 ($4.92)
    Donations From Private Sources: $174,000 ($4.26)
    General Revenue, NEC: $71,000 ($1.74)
    Special Assessments: $28,000 ($0.69)
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $6,856,000 ($167.98)
    Highways: $693,000 ($16.98)
    General Local Government Support: $31,000 ($0.76)
  • Tax - Individual Income: $10,086,000 ($247.12)
    Property: $6,253,000 ($153.21)
    Occupation and Business License, NEC: $1,980,000 ($48.51)
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $1,761,000 ($43.15)
    Public Utility License: $1,389,000 ($34.03)

Wilkes-Barre government finances - Debt in 2006 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $58,930,000 ($1443.87)
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $51,559,000 ($1263.27)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $8,018,000 ($196.45)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $647,000 ($15.85)

Wilkes-Barre government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $3,319,000 ($81.32)
  • Employee Retirement - Total Other Securities: $67,672,000 ($1658.06)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $4,364,000 ($106.92)

3.48% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($35,470 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.48%
Pennsylvania average:

4.35%

0.06% of residents moved from foreign countries ($458 average AGI)
Luzerne County:

0.06%
Pennsylvania average:

0.04%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Lackawanna County, PA  0.41% ($33,801 average AGI)
from Columbia County, PA  0.17% ($35,230)
from Schuylkill County, PA  0.17% ($28,378)


3.51% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($37,092 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.51%
Pennsylvania average:

4.54%

0.04% of residents moved to foreign countries ($325 average AGI)
Luzerne County:

0.04%
Pennsylvania average:

0.06%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Lackawanna County, PA  0.36% ($35,214 average AGI)
to Columbia County, PA  0.16% ($28,552)
to Schuylkill County, PA  0.14% ($28,678)

Strongest AM radio stations in Wilkes-Barre:

  • WILK (980 AM; 5 kW; WILKES-BARRE, PA; Owner: ENTERCOM WILKES-BARRE SCRANTON, LLC)
  • WBAX (1240 AM; 1 kW; WILKES-BARRE, PA; Owner: THE SCRANTON TIMES, L.P.)
  • WITK (1550 AM; 10 kW; PITTSTON, PA; Owner: ROBERT C. CORDARO, INC.)
  • WYCK (1340 AM; 1 kW; PLAINS, PA; Owner: LB RADIO CORPORATION)
  • WNAK (730 AM; 1 kW; NANTICOKE, PA; Owner: SEVEN-THIRTY BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • WARM (590 AM; 5 kW; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WWJZ (640 AM; 50 kW; MOUNT HOLLY, NJ; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WEJL (630 AM; 2 kW; SCRANTON, PA)
  • WMCA (570 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: SALEM MEDIA OF NEW YORK, LLC)
  • WOGY (1300 AM; 5 kW; WEST HAZLETON, PA; Owner: ENTERCOM WILKES-BARRE SCRANTON, LLC)
  • WOR (710 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: BUCKLEY BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WEMR (1460 AM; 5 kW; TUNKHANNOCK, PA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WZZD (990 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: PENNSYLVANIA MEDIA ASSOCIATES, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Wilkes-Barre:

  • WMGS (92.9 FM; WILKES-BARRE, PA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WVIA-FM (89.9 FM; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA EDUCATIONAL TV ASSN.)
  • WKRZ (98.5 FM; WILKES-BARRE, PA; Owner: ENTERCOM WILKES-BARRE SCRANTON, LLC)
  • WQFM (92.1 FM; NANTICOKE, PA; Owner: THE SCRANTON TIMES, L.P.)
  • WBHT (97.1 FM; MOUNTAIN TOP, PA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WCLH (90.7 FM; WILKES-BARRE, PA; Owner: WILKES COLLEGE)
  • W219CG (91.7 FM; WILKER-BARRE, PA; Owner: PENSACOLA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE, INC.)
  • WRKC (88.5 FM; WILKES-BARRE, PA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WCWQ (93.7 FM; DALLAS, PA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • W288BE (105.5 FM; WILKES-BARRE, PA; Owner: LUZERNE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • WBSX (97.9 FM; HAZLETON, PA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WEZX (106.9 FM; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: THE SCRANTON TIMES, L.P.)
  • WGGY (101.3 FM; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: ENTERCOM WILKES-BARRE SCRANTON, LLC)
  • WWDL-FM (104.9 FM; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: LANE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WBHD (95.7 FM; OLYPHANT, PA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WUSR (99.5 FM; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON)
  • WCWY (107.7 FM; TUNKHANNOCK, PA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WAMT (103.1 FM; FREELAND, PA; Owner: ENTERCOM WILKES-BARRE SCRANTON, LLC)
  • W212AT (90.3 FM; CLARKS SUMMIT, PA; Owner: NORTHEASTERN PA. EDUCTNL TV ASSOC.)
  • W290AC (105.9 FM; PALMERTON, PA; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Wilkes-Barre:

  • WNEP-TV (Channel 16; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: NEW YORK TIMES MANAGEMENT SERVICES)
  • WOLF-TV (Channel 56; HAZLETON, PA; Owner: WOLF LICENSE CORP.)
  • WBRE-TV (Channel 28; WILKES-BARRE, PA; Owner: NEXSTAR BROADCASTING OF NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA, L.L.C.)
  • WYOU (Channel 22; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: MISSION BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WVIA-TV (Channel 44; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: NE PA ED TV ASSOCIATION)
  • W07BV (Channel 7; WILKES-BARRE, ETC., PA; Owner: CATHOLIC BROADCASTING OF SCRANTON, INC.)
  • WQPX (Channel 64; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: PAXSON SCRANTON LICENSE, INC.)
  • WSWB (Channel 38; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: KB PRIME MEDIA LLC)
  • W54BO (Channel 54; KINGSTON, PA; Owner: KATHY POTERA)
  • W67DE (Channel 67; NEWPORT, PA; Owner: TRIPLE J COMMUNITY BROADCASTING., L.L.C.)

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

See more detailed statistics of Wilkes-Barre fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2014 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 43Number of bridges
  • 580m1,903ftTotal length
  • $43,000Total costs
  • 382,257Total average daily traffic
  • 15,427Total average daily truck traffic

New bridges - Historical Statistics

  • 11910-1919
  • 111920-1929
  • 11940-1949
  • 11960-1969
  • 41970-1979
  • 61980-1989
  • 131990-1999
  • 52000-2009
  • 12010-2015
See Full National Bridge Inventory Statistics for Wilkes-Barre, PA
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 16 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED82$77,34197$69,485212$86,45382$30,6106$224,33357$66,1230$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED1$120,0009$58,00027$82,3707$27,7141$164,0009$99,1112$26,500
APPLICATIONS DENIED23$77,73922$43,182224$81,99176$21,8165$829,00031$62,4523$81,333
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN21$85,28610$103,800109$89,7255$59,0003$286,66715$77,2670$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS8$118,7503$54,66713$73,6153$26,6670$02$64,0000$0

Detailed mortgage data for all 16 tracts in Wilkes Barre, PA

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 12 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
D) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED11$61,6365$136,4002$39,0000$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED7$69,5716$101,3330$01$108,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED1$61,0000$00$00$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN2$54,5002$166,5000$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$00$00$0

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Drinking water stations with addresses in Wilkes-Barre and their reported violations in the past:

JCC DAY CAMP & HOLIDAY HOUSE (Population served: 250, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between JUL-2011 and SEP-2011, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (DEC-19-2011), St Formal NOV issued (DEC-19-2011), St Compliance achieved (AUG-30-2012), St Public Notif received (NOV-26-2012)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between APR-2005 and JUN-2005, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUL-12-2005), St Compliance achieved (OCT-31-2005)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring, Source Water (GWR) - Between OCT-04-2011 and NOV-04-2011, Contaminant: E. COLI. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (DEC-19-2011), St Formal NOV issued (DEC-19-2011), St Compliance achieved (FEB-27-2012), St Public Notif received (NOV-26-2012)
  • Monitoring, Source Water (GWR) - Between JUL-04-2011 and AUG-04-2011, Contaminant: E. COLI. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (DEC-19-2011), St Formal NOV issued (DEC-19-2011), St Compliance achieved (FEB-27-2012), St Public Notif received (NOV-26-2012)
  • 5 routine major monitoring violations
  • 2 regular monitoring violations
BERRY HOLLOW WATER CO (Population served: 90, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Acute (TCR) - In JUN-2013, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUL-23-2013), St Boil Water Order (JUL-23-2013), St Public Notif received (JUL-23-2013), St Compliance achieved (JUL-23-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUL-23-2013), St Site Visit (enforcement) (JUL-23-2013)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JUN-2013, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUL-23-2013), St Boil Water Order (JUL-23-2013), St Public Notif received (JUL-23-2013), St Compliance achieved (JUL-23-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUL-23-2013), St Site Visit (enforcement) (JUL-23-2013)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-2011, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (SEP-21-2011), St Site Visit (enforcement) (SEP-21-2011), St Public Notif received (SEP-21-2011), St Violation/Reminder Notice (SEP-21-2011), St Compliance achieved (OCT-28-2011)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring, Source Water (GWR) - Between JUN-26-2013 and JUL-26-2013, Contaminant: E. COLI. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUL-23-2013), St Boil Water Order (JUL-23-2013), St Public Notif received (JUL-23-2013), St Compliance achieved (JUL-23-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUL-23-2013), St Site Visit (enforcement) (JUL-23-2013)
  • Monitoring, Source Water (GWR) - Between AUG-25-2011 and SEP-25-2011, Contaminant: E. COLI. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (SEP-21-2011), St Site Visit (enforcement) (SEP-21-2011), St Public Notif received (SEP-21-2011), St Violation/Reminder Notice (SEP-21-2011), St Compliance achieved (OCT-28-2011)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JAN-2007 and MAR-2007, Contaminant: Chlorine. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (MAR-22-2007), St Compliance achieved (MAR-22-2007)
PAMELAS (Population served: 60, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 1

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania:

  • Hilton Garden Inn, 242 Highland Park Blvd, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18702 , Phone: (570) 820-8595, Fax: (570) 820-8599
  • Host Inn All Suites, 860 Kidder St, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18702 , Phone: (570) 270-4678, Fax: (570) 270-3962
All 2 fire-safe hotels and motels in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (75%)
  • Electricity (21%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)
Businesses in Wilkes-Barre, PA
NameCountNameCount
Aeropostale1Kohl's1
Arby's1La-Z-Boy1
Barnes & Noble1Lane Furniture4
Bed Bath & Beyond1LensCrafters1
Best Western2Marshalls1
Brookstone1Motherhood Maternity2
Burger King2Nike3
Burlington Coat Factory1OfficeMax1
CVS2Old Country Buffet1
Carson Pirie Scott1Old Navy1
Cold Stone Creamery1Outback1
Cracker Barrel1Outback Steakhouse1
Dennys1Panera Bread1
Eddie Bauer1RadioShack1
Extended Stay Deluxe1Ramada1
Famous Footwear1Raymour & Flanigan1
Finish Line1Red Lobster1
Ford1Red Roof Inn1
Gymboree1Rite Aid4
Hilton2Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing1
Holiday Inn1Sam's Club1
Home Depot1Spencer Gifts1
Hot Topic1Starbucks1
Hyundai1Subway1
Johnny Rockets1U-Haul3
Jones New York1Vans1
Journeys1Walgreens1
Kincaid1

Wilkes-Barre compared to Pennsylvania state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage above state average.
  • Renting percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in above state average.
  • House age above state average.

Wilkes-Barre on our top lists:

  • #57 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in unknown juvenile institutions (population 1,000+)"
  • #16 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating to other counties in 2011"
  • #17 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives"
  • #17 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest decrease in the number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #26 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic congregations"
  • #30 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
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