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Luzerne County, Pennsylvania (PA)

County population in 2014: 318,829 (80% urban, 20% rural); it was 319,250 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 53,307
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 36,435
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 91,880
Renter-occupied apartments: 42,190 (it was 38,807 in 2000)
% of renters here:

30%
State:

30%

Land area: 891 sq. mi.

Water area: 16.3 sq. mi.

Population density: 358 people per square mile   (high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Luzerne County: 94.8 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (23.2%), Information (13.4%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (13.0%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (12.5%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 72%
  • Government: 3%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 23%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (88.2%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (6.7%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (3.0%)
  • Two or more races (1.0%)
  • Asian alone (1.0%)
Median resident age:  42.0 years
Pennsylvania median age:  40.0 years
Males: 155,808  (48.9%)
Females: 163,021  (51.1%)
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Luzerne County,PA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Luzerne County:

2.0 people
Pennsylvania:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $45,190 ($33,771 in 1999)

This county:

$45190
Pennsylvania:

$52007

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $539 (lower quartile is $402, upper quartile is $657)
This county:

$539
State:

$675


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $125,100 (it was $83,500 in 2000)
Luzerne:

$125,100
Pennsylvania:

$164,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $76,600 - $191,500

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $159,871
Here:

$159,871
State:

$221,511

Townhouses or other attached units: $96,516
Here:

$96,516
State:

$157,348

In 2-unit structures: $93,919
Here:

$93,919
State:

$141,335

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $126,912
Here:

$126,912
State:

$186,490

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $329,671
Here:

$329,671
State:

$212,799

Mobile homes: $31,081
Here:

$31,081
State:

$45,445

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $14,444
Here:

$14,444
State:

$42,830
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,170
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $458

Institutionalized population: 7,371
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Health of residents in Luzerne County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2012:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.4. This is worse than average.
68.9% of residents exercised in the past month. This is less than average.
54.3% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is more than average.
98.7% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is more than average.
68.6% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is about average.
Average weight of males is 196 pounds. This is about average.
Average weight of females is 159 pounds. This is about average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 650 buildings, average cost: $182,500
  • 2008: 325 buildings, average cost: $200,700
  • 2009: 293 buildings, average cost: $185,300
  • 2010: 357 buildings, average cost: $184,500
  • 2011: 191 buildings, average cost: $194,900
  • 2012: 253 buildings, average cost: $186,300
  • 2013: 189 buildings, average cost: $208,200
  • 2014: 208 buildings, average cost: $217,100

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,953 (1.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,659 (1.5%)

Luzerne County household income distribution in 2009 Luzerne County home values distribution Luzerne County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 16.4%
(13.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 50.0% for Black residents, 37.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 29.6% for American Indian residents, 32.3% for other race residents, 31.5% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 16.4%
Luzerne County:

16.4%
Pennsylvania:

13.7%
(13.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 47.8% for Black residents, 37.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 27.8% for American Indian residents, 32.5% for other race residents, 31.0% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 43 years old
(Males: 40 years old, Females: 44 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 46 years old, Black residents: 28 years old, American Indian residents: 32 years old, Asian residents: 36 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 23 years old, Other race residents: 21 years old)

Area name: Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Luzerne County is $495 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $594 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $753 a month.

Cities in this county include: Wilkes-Barre, Back Mountain, Hazleton, Mountain Top, Kingston, Nanticoke, Pittston, Plymouth, Exeter, Swoyersville.

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

2012 air pollution in Luzerne County:

Ozone (1-hour): 0.024 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Below U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 15.0 µg/m3. Near U.S. average.
Sulfur Oxides Annual: 0.001 ppm (standard limit: 0.03 ppm). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Crawford County , Tooele County, Utah , Jefferson County, Iowa , Pike County , Madison County, Iowa , Portage County, Ohio , Poweshiek County, Iowa .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.7%
Pennsylvania:

4.9%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 15,918
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 81.1%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 16.4%

Number of foreign born residents: 6,171 (60% naturalized citizens)

Luzerne County:

1.9%
Whole state:

4.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 1,213
  • 1990 to 1994: 987
  • 1985 to 1989: 692
  • 1980 to 1984: 444
  • 1975 to 1979: 280
  • 1970 to 1974: 514
  • 1970 to 1974: 328
  • 1965 to 1969: 1,713

Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.2 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 85.5%

Luzerne County marital status for males Luzerne County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 88,403
  • One, attached: 17,468
  • Two: 11,396
  • 3 or 4: 9,287
  • 5 to 9: 4,425
  • 10 to 19: 2,067
  • 20 or more: 5,716
  • Mobile homes: 5,855
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 69

Housing units in Luzerne County with a mortgage: 42,617 (3,862 second mortgage, 6,990 home equity loan, 159 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 36,182

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

62.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Luzerne County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic138,00075
Mainline Protestant31,734142
Evangelical Protestant12,502108
Other5,13417
Orthodox1,66712
Black Protestant1181
None131,763-
Luzerne County Religion Details
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.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 65
Luzerne County:

2.08 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
Here:

0.06 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

0.09 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 34
This 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.
Pennsylvania:

2.52 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 294
This county:

9.42 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Luzerne County:

9.6%
Pennsylvania:

9.1%

Adult obesity rate:
Luzerne County:

27.4%
State:

27.2%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

9.6%
State:

11.5%

Agriculture in Luzerne County:

Average size of farms: 134 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $40,887
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $621.55
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 27.39%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 19.02%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $32,513
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 39.87%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $50,259
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 91.06%
Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 6.90
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 29.22%
Corn for grain: 5881 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 1206 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 1966 harvested acres
Vegetables: 1,679 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 357 acres

Earthquake activity:

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

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 59.0 miles away from Luzerne County center
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 208.5 miles away from the county 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 231.9 miles away from the county 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 255.2 miles away from the county 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 59.1 miles away from Luzerne County center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 271.9 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • PennsylvaniaSevere Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: November 16, 2006 to November 17, 2006, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1684): February 23, 2007, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1684, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • PennsylvaniaSevere Storms, Flooding, and Mudslides, Incident Period: June 23, 2006 to July 10, 2006, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1649): June 30, 2006, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1649, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Flood
  • PennsylvaniaHurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3235): September 10, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3235, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • PennsylvaniaSevere Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: April 2, 2005 to April 23, 2005, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1587): April 14, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1587, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • PennsylvaniaTropical Depression Ivan, Incident Period: September 17, 2004 to October 1, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1557): September 19, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1557, Natural disaster type: Tropical Depression
  • PennsylvaniaFlooding, Incident Period: January 19, 1996 to February 1, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1093): January 21, 1996, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1093, Natural disaster type: Flood
  • PennsylvaniaBlizzard, Incident Period: January 6, 1996 to January 12, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1085): January 13, 1996, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1085, Natural disaster type: Blizzard
  • PennsylvaniaWinter Storm, Severe Storm, Incident Period: January 4, 1994 to February 25, 1994, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1015): March 10, 1994, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1015, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Storm
  • PennsylvaniaSevere Snowfall and Winter Storm, Incident Period: March 13, 1993 to March 17, 1993, Emergency Declared (EM-3105): March 16, 1993, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3105, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Snowfall
  • PennsylvaniaHURRICANE GLORIA, Incident Period: September 27, 1985, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-745): October 8, 1985, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-745, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • 4 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

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).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (25%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (27%)
  • Retail trade (15%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Manufacturing (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Public administration (4%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Production occupations (11%)
  • Management occupations (10%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (8%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (8%)
  • Transportation occupations (7%)
  • Material moving occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (24%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (6%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Italy (10%)
  • Germany (7%)
  • Dominican Republic (7%)
  • Poland (6%)
  • United Kingdom (6%)
  • India (5%)
  • Mexico (5%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Luzerne County (%):

  • Polish (22%)
  • Italian (16%)
  • Irish (14%)
  • German (12%)
  • Slovak (5%)
  • English (5%)
  • United States or American (4%)

Luzerne County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 115,629 (82%)
  • Carpooled: 15,712 (11%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 1,394 (1%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 4 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 7 (0%)
  • Ferryboat: 2 (0%)
  • Taxi: 55 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 24 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 123 (0%)
  • Walked: 4,577 (3%)
  • Other means: 738 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 2,903 (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania in 2000:

  • 3,934 people in nursing homes
  • 2,700 people in state prisons
  • 2,066 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 1,098 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 765 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 529 people in job corps and vocational training facilities
  • 303 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 277 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 272 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the mentally retarded
  • 224 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 197 people in religious group quarters
  • 194 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 108 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 93 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
  • 37 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 22 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 22 people in hospices or homes for chronically ill
  • 19 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 15 people in other group homes
  • 7 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 3 people in other workers' dormitories

People in group quarters in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania in 2010:

  • 3,221 people in college/university student housing
  • 3,206 people in state prisons
  • 3,201 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 631 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 471 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 327 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 183 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 157 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 119 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 109 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 59 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 54 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 46 people in in-patient hospice facilities
  • 7 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $49,513.

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%

1.77% relocated from other counties in Pennsylvania ($17,628 average AGI)
1.65% relocated from other states ($17,385 average AGI)
Luzerne County:

1.65%
Pennsylvania average:

1.90%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


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)
from Wyoming County, PA  0.13% ($49,637)
from Monroe County, PA  0.11% ($26,945)
from Carbon County, PA  0.10% ($32,508)
from Bronx County, NY  0.09% ($17,868)


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%

1.71% relocated to other counties in Pennsylvania ($17,637 average AGI)
1.77% relocated to other states ($19,130 average AGI)
Luzerne County:

1.77%
Pennsylvania average:

2.07%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


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)
to Philadelphia County, PA  0.11% ($30,007)
to Carbon County, PA  0.11% ($29,420)
to Wyoming County, PA  0.10% ($32,287)
to Montgomery County, PA  0.07% ($47,656)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.3
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.8
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 9.9

Births per 1000 population in Luzerne County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 12.6

Deaths per 1000 population in Luzerne County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.8
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.2
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2007 to 2013: 3.7

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Luzerne County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 12.5%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 5.3%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Luzerne County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Luzerne County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 66,462 (55,305 aged, 11,157 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 5,228 (8%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (5620)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (5159)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (3775)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (3569)
  • Other ill-defined and unspecified causes of mortality (2347)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (2339)
  • Unspecified dementia (1756)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (1537)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (1519)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (1324)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 5%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 2.23
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 14483.57
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 339.470
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 42263.53

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1006.520
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1343.090
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 16.3

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 58.96
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 86.94

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 10.87
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 36.9. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 19.1
  • Other - 17.8

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 143.0. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 82.9
  • Suffocation - 34.6
  • Poisoning - 15.9
  • Other - 9.6

Household type by relationship:

Households: 309,127
  • In family households: 251,124 (56,875 male householders, 26,216 female householders)
    59,213 spouses, 85,943 children (80,391 natural, 1,957 adopted, 3,595 stepchildren), 5,423 grandchildren, 2,910 brothers or sisters, 3,270 parents, 2,694 other relatives, 7,025 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 58,003 (22,227 male householders (17,950 living alone)), 26,614 female householders (23,531 living alone)), 9,162 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 11,791 (7,371 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 37,876 2-persons, 20,570 3-persons, 15,027 4-persons, 6,242 5-persons, 2,133 6-persons, 1,243 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 41,481 1-person, 6,239 2-persons, 722 3-persons, 261 4-persons, 87 5-persons, 31 6-persons, 20 7-or-more-persons.

46,237 married couples with children.
15,256 single-parent households (3,534 men, 11,722 women).

94.9% of residents of Luzerne County speak English at home.
1.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (60% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 17% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
3.3% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (75% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 8% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (52% speak English very well, 31% speak English well, 14% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (73% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 4% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $2,311,151,000 ($7374 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $71,828,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $982,857,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $633,512,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $8,764,000
Federal grants: $387,206,000
Federal procurement contracts: $100,379,000 ($20,083,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $198,433,000 ($24,725,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $860,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $58,535,000
Federal Government insurance: $1,342,526,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 15,711
Here:

50 per 1000 residents
State:

61 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 23,221
Here:

74 per 1000 residents
State:

54 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +923
Here:

+3 per 1000 residents
State:

+8 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +597
Here +2 per 1000 residents
State -2 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Luzerne County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 21.02 millions of gallons per day (15% from ground, 85% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.3
State:

6.4

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.5
State:

4.2

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 1,145
  • 2000 to 2004: 9,132
  • 1990 to 1999: 7,428
  • 1980 to 1989: 11,526
  • 1970 to 1979: 21,511
  • 1960 to 1969: 14,051
  • 1950 to 1959: 13,832
  • 1940 to 1949: 15,009
  • 1939 or earlier: 54,267
Rooms in houses/apartments in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 34
  • 2 rooms: 134
  • 3 rooms: 853
  • 4 rooms: 5,573
  • 5 rooms: 15,014
  • 6 rooms: 31,543
  • 7 rooms: 15,801
  • 8 rooms: 11,701
  • 9+ rooms: 11,227
  • 1 room: 1,085
  • 2 rooms: 2,522
  • 3 rooms: 6,722
  • 4 rooms: 8,742
  • 5 rooms: 7,235
  • 6 rooms: 8,121
  • 7 rooms: 2,061
  • 8 rooms: 1,323
  • 9+ rooms: 996
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 67
  • 1 bedroom: 1,522
  • 2 bedrooms: 17,498
  • 3 bedrooms: 53,441
  • 4 bedrooms: 15,637
  • 5+ bedrooms: 3,715
  • no bedroom: 1,476
  • 1 bedroom: 10,308
  • 2 bedrooms: 13,516
  • 3 bedrooms: 11,320
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,773
  • 5+ bedrooms: 414
Cars and other vehicles available in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 6,926
  • 1 vehicle: 28,483
  • 2 vehicles: 38,057
  • 3 vehicles: 13,567
  • 4 vehicles: 3,601
  • 5+ vehicles: 1,246
  • no vehicle: 9,950
  • 1 vehicle: 18,957
  • 2 vehicles: 8,353
  • 3 vehicles: 1,219
  • 4 vehicles: 176
  • 5+ vehicles: 152

69% of Luzerne County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 73% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 59% lived in Pennsylvania.

Luzerne County:

69.4%
State average:

64.4%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 274844
  • Northeast: 22078
  • Midwest: 3925
  • South: 7919
  • West: 2691

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $64,600


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Luzerne County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (43.4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (32.1%)
  • Electricity (15.6%)
  • Coal or coke (4.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3.5%)
  • Wood (0.9%)
  • Utility gas (52.1%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (21.5%)
  • Electricity (21.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2.6%)
  • Coal or coke (1.8%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 6,162
Here:

19.3%
Pennsylvania:

16.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 2,621
Here:

14.9%
Pennsylvania:

13.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 5,756
Here:

41.5%
Pennsylvania:

37.3%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Luzerne County government finances - Expenditure in 2004:

  • Construction - Air Transportation: $9,486,000
    General: $1,285,000
    Regular Highways: $467,000
    Welfare - Other: $406,000
    General Public Buildings: $313,000
    Corrections - Other: $249,000
    Parks & Recreation: $73,000
  • Current Operations - Corrections - Other: $31,639,000
    General - Other: $21,213,000
    Welfare - Other: $19,025,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $13,070,000
    Financial Administration: $4,400,000
    Air Transportation: $3,770,000
    General Public Buildings: $2,900,000
    Regular Highways: $1,816,000
    Police Protection: $1,749,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,714,000
    Health Services - Other: $1,451,000
    Parks & Recreation: $1,354,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $825,000
    Libraries: $325,000
    Solid Waste Management: $207,000
  • Employee Retirement - Securities - Corporate Bonds (market): $87,433,000
    Securities - Corporate Bonds (market): $22,936,000
    Total Cash & Deposits: $14,575,000
    Other Investments - Other: $13,468,000
    Benefit Payments: $7,062,000
    Withdrawals: $560,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $3,884,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - General: $1,333,000
    Transit Utilities: $650,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Corrections: $536,000
    Natural Resources: $166,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Financial Administration: $1,057,000
    General - Other: $442,000
    Regular Highways: $73,000
    Corrections - Other: $37,000
    Central Staff: $8,000
    General Public Building: $5,000
    Police Protection: $4,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $68,142,000

Luzerne County government finances - Revenue in 2004:

  • Charges - Air Transportation: $3,810,000
  • Charges - All Other: $19,616,000
    Parks & Recreation: $155,000
    Regular Highways: $86,000
    Solid Waste Management: $9,000
  • Employee Retirement - Interest Revenue: $6,475,000
    From Local Government: $5,383,000
    Local Employee Contribution: $4,338,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $7,693,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $700,000
    Interest Earnings: $422,000
    Property Sale Other: $4,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $13,533,000
    All Other: $7,950,000
    Highways: $1,236,000
    General Support: $132,000
  • Tax - Property: $67,309,000
    Other Selective Sales: $1,669,000
    NEC: $1,000

Luzerne County government finances - Debt in 2004:

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $113,828,000
  • Long Term Debt Issue, Unspecified - Other NEC: $80,860,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $161,058,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Other, NEC: $10,565,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $23,065,000

Luzerne County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2004:

  • Bond Fund - Cash & Deposits: $58,319,000
  • Employee Retirement - Total Federal Securities: $28,090,000
  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $8,247,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 8,903
  • Number of aged recipients: 882
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 8,021
  • Number of recipients under 18: 1,911
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 5,303
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 1,689
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 3,235
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 4,137
Luzerne County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Luzerne County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 103 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 ORIGINATED895$111,7771,160$123,4134,198$135,024823$39,46422$325,455459$105,91169$46,928
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED49$105,46977$116,805433$141,679103$30,0291$164,00028$90,28615$44,733
APPLICATIONS DENIED214$106,402289$103,6192,336$124,460577$30,63112$452,250203$90,71963$61,825
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN111$118,766127$123,9921,219$128,36169$62,7547$193,71492$104,4026$86,667
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS30$124,93337$133,135267$136,66724$66,5420$022$110,0456$50,167
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 95 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 ORIGINATED230$146,500126$172,8106$76,8330$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED52$174,23143$153,6050$03$101,667
APPLICATIONS DENIED43$168,97723$197,0872$178,0000$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN10$104,00017$174,4121$122,0000$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS4$121,5003$140,3331$57,0000$0

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Luzerne County, PA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John6,40473.3 years
Mary6,35380.4 years
Joseph4,83673.0 years
Anna3,79581.3 years
Helen3,22279.9 years
William2,88073.4 years
George2,13974.1 years
Margaret2,06579.5 years
Frank2,03274.5 years
Michael1,92972.7 years
Most common last names in Luzerne County, PA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Williams78675.4 years
Smith77874.7 years
Jones74976.8 years
Miller55775.8 years
Thomas54076.7 years
Davis51376.4 years
Evans47375.1 years
Brown33376.1 years
Gallagher27174.8 years
Lewis25075.2 years
Businesses in Luzerne County, PA
NameCountNameCount
ALDI2Kmart4
AT&T4Knights Inn1
Ace Hardware3Kohl's1
Advance Auto Parts4Kroger26
Aeropostale1La-Z-Boy5
American Eagle Outfitters2Lane Bryant1
Applebee's2Lane Furniture9
Arby's4LensCrafters1
Ascend Collection1Little Caesars Pizza2
Ashley Furniture2Long John Silver's3
Audi1Lowe's3
AutoZone3Macy's1
Avenue1Marriott2
BMW1Marshalls1
Banana Republic1MasterBrand Cabinets34
Barnes & Noble1Maurices1
Baskin-Robbins1Mazda2
Bath & Body Works2McDonald's15
Bed Bath & Beyond1Men's Wearhouse1
Ben & Jerry's1Motherhood Maternity4
Best Western3New Balance3
Blockbuster4Nike24
Brookstone1OfficeMax1
Budget Car Rental2Old Country Buffet1
Burger King11Old Navy2
CVS11Olive Garden1
Carson Pirie Scott2Outback1
Casual Male XL1Outback Steakhouse1
Catherines1Pac Sun1
Chevrolet3Panera Bread1
Chuck E. Cheese's1Payless5
Cold Stone Creamery1Penske3
Comfort Inn2PetSmart1
Cracker Barrel1Pier 1 Imports1
Curves4Pizza Hut3
DHL2Quality1
Dairy Queen3Quiznos1
Days Inn1RadioShack6
Deb3Ramada2
Decora Cabinetry2Raymour & Flanigan1
Dennys1Red Lobster1
Domino's Pizza7Red Robin1
DressBarn2Red Roof Inn1
Dressbarn2Rite Aid14
Dunkin Donuts9Rue211
Econo Lodge2Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing1
Eddie Bauer1SAS Shoes1
Express1SONIC Drive-In2
Extended Stay Deluxe1Sam's Club1
Famous Footwear1Spencer Gifts1
Fashion Bug2Sprint Nextel4
FedEx39Staples2
Finish Line1Starbucks1
Firestone Complete Auto Care3Subaru2
Foot Locker1Subway23
Ford5Super 81
GNC9T-Mobile9
GameStop4T.G.I. Driday's1
Gap1T.J.Maxx1
Giant1Taco Bell5
Goodwill2Talbots1
Gymboree1Target1
H&R Block11The Limited1
Hilton3The Room Place1
Holiday Inn4Toyota2
Hollister Co.1Toys"R"Us2
Home Depot1True Value3
Honda1U-Haul15
Hot Topic1UPS32
Hyundai1Vans2
JCPenney2Verizon Wireless4
Johnny Rockets1Victoria's Secret1
Jones New York6Volkswagen1
Journeys1Walgreens3
Justice1Walmart3
KFC3Wendy's8
Kincaid2YMCA4

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  • #10 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating to other counties in 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
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  • #26 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic congregations"
  • #26 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #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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  • #33 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating from other counties between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #39 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of births per 1000 residents 2007-2013"
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  • #40 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox congregations"
  • #41 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #41 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #42 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Ozone (1-hour) air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
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  • #59 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations"
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  • #65 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that exercised in the past month"
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