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Luzerne County, Pennsylvania (PA)


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County population in 2012: 321,027 (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: 360 people per square mile 
 
 (high).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Luzerne County: 95.8 (near average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (29.8%), Professional,scientific,management,administrative,and waste management services (14.7%), Construction (13.3%), Finance,insurance,real estate,and rental and leasing (10.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 63%
  • Government: 5%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 31%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania:


Median resident age:  42.0 years
Pennsylvania median age:  40.0 years

Males: 156,829  (47.9%)
Females: 164,089  (52.1%)

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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 2009: $39,945 ($33,771 in 1999)
This county:

$39945
Pennsylvania:

$49520

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $471 (lower quartile is $346, upper quartile is $608)
This county:

$471
State:

$597


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $117,400 (it was $83,500 in 2000)
Luzerne County:

$117,400
Pennsylvania:

$164,700
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $77,800 - $174,100

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $182,312
Here:

$182,312
State:

$223,477

Townhouses or other attached units: $131,665
Here:

$131,665
State:

$164,518

In 2-unit structures: $133,891
Here:

$133,891
State:

$166,566

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $155,377
Here:

$155,377
State:

$223,507

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $282,161
Here:

$282,161
State:

$225,726

Mobile homes: $69,855
Here:

$69,855
State:

$35,442

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $38,685
Here:

$38,685
State:

$97,532
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,159
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $445

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 2009:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.4. This is significantly worse than average.
69.2% of residents exercised in the past month. This is less than average.
54.1% 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.
68.8% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is about average.
Average weight of males is 196 pounds. This is more than average.
Average weight of females is 158 pounds. This is about average.


Single-family new house construction building permits:


Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $1,920 (1.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $1,399 (1.4%)


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 2009: 13.0%
(10.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 39.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 13.0%
Luzerne County:

13.0%
Pennsylvania:

12.5%
(10.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 39.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents)

Median age of residents in 2010: 42 years old
(Males: 40 years old, Females: 44 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44 years old, Black residents: 27 years old, American Indian residents: 28 years old, Asian residents: 34 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 22 years old, Other race residents: 23 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

2005 air pollution in Luzerne County:

Carbon Monoxide: 2 ppm (standard limit: 9 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Nitrogen Dioxide: 0.013 ppm (standard limit: 0.053 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.095 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Ozone (8-hour): 0.081 ppm (standard limit: 0.08 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 20 µg/m3. Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) 24-hour: 58 µg/m3(standard limit: 150 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 13.0 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) 24-hour: 32 µg/m3(standard limit: 35 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Sulfur Oxides Annual: 0.005 ppm (standard limit: 0.03 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Sulfur Oxides 24-hour: 0.019 ppm (standard limit: 0.14 ppm). Near U.S. average.


Local government website: www.luzernecounty.org

Click to draw/clear Luzerne County borders

Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Luzerne County: Council Cup Scenic Overlook (A), Sugarloaf Golf Course (B), Jeans Run Golf Course (C), Sweet Valley Golf Course (D), Edgewood Pines Golf Course (E), Wilkes-Barre Golf Course (F), Ashmore Yards (G), Hazleton Water Works (H), Pond Creek Junction (I), Sandy Run Junction (J), Newport (K), Eckley Junction (L), Hazle Brook Station (M), Ashmore Station (N), Hicks Ferry Station (O), Sunshine (P), Waterton (Q), Reyburn (R), Conyngham Station (S), Green View (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Luzerne County include: White Church (A), Lower Muhlenburg Church (B), Hetley Grove Church (C), Harmony Church (D), Good Shepherd Church (E), River Church (F), Mooretown Church (G), Saint James Church (H), Mount Zion Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Thompson Cemetery (1), Sorberton Cemetery (2), Sorber Cemetery (3), Saint Peter and Paul Cemetery (4), Oaklawn Cemetery (5), Oak Lawn Cemetery (6), Saint Ann Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Indian Lake (A), Graham Pond (B), Grassy Pond (C), Foss Pond (D), Blaine Pond (E), Najaka Pond (F), Lake Jean (G), Buck Pond (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Lewis Run (A), Rattling Run (B), Reservoir Creek (C), Scotch Run (D), Wasp Branch (E), Dymond Creek (F), North Branch Bowman Creek (G), Warrior Creek (H), Warden Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Luzerne County include: Ricketts Glen State Park (1), State Game Lands Number 260 (2), Nescopeck State Park (3), State Game Lands Number 206 (4), State Game Lands Number 207 (5), State Game Lands Number 224 (6), State Game Lands Number 91 (7), State Game Lands Number 119 (8), State Game Lands Number 149 (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Carbon County , Columbia County , Lackawanna County , Monroe County , Schuylkill County , Sullivan County , Wyoming County .

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


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:


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:

54.1% with mortgage
State:

62.2% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 60.22%
Here60.2%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 192,245
Total congregations: 362

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaPresbyterian Church (USA)United Church of Christ
Adherents132,599 (69.0%)19,554 (10.2%)9,895 (5.1%)4,393 (2.3%)3,858 (2.0%)
Congregations108 (29.8%)70 (19.3%)26 (7.2%)25 (6.9%)19 (5.2%)
NameJewishAssemblies of GodEpiscopal ChurchAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAOther
Adherents3,500 (1.8%)2,335 (1.2%)2,297 (1.2%)1,466 (0.8%)12,348 (6.4%)
Congregations6 (1.7%)12 (3.3%)10 (2.8%)11 (3.0%)75 (20.7%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Luzerne County - Wilkes-Barre, Back Mountain, Hazleton, Mountain Top, Kingston

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 65
This county:

2.08 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
Luzerne 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
This county:

3.08 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

2.52 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 294
Luzerne County:

9.42 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

9.6%
Pennsylvania:

9.1%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

27.4%
Pennsylvania:

27.2%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Luzerne County:

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

Tornado activity:

Luzerne County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is slightly above Pennsylvania state average. It is 1.2 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 17 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 7/6/1984, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado injured 12 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Luzerne County-area historical earthquake activity is below Pennsylvania state average. It is 92% 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 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 the county center
On 8/26/2003 at 18:24:18, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, 3.5 ML, Depth: 1.9 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 59.3 miles away from the county center
On 11/14/1997 at 03:44:11, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 73.2 miles away from Luzerne County center
On 8/15/1991 at 07:16:07, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 93.3 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Most recent 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: 5, Storms: 5, Hurricanes: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Mudslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Storm: 1, Blizzard: 1, Flood: 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 2009 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (11%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Health care (6%)
  • Educational services (5%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (3%)
  • Health care (24%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
Most common occupations in 2009 (%)
Males Females
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4%)
  • Registered nurses (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (4%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (4%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (4%)

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




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





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:

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $45,943.

3.58% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($36,014 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.58%
Pennsylvania average:

4.99%


0.04% of residents moved from foreign countries ($340 average AGI)
Luzerne County:

0.04%
Pennsylvania average:

0.12%

1.82% relocated from other counties in Pennsylvania ($17,857 average AGI)
1.73% relocated from other states ($17,817 average AGI)
Luzerne County:

1.73%
Pennsylvania average:

2.15%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Lackawanna County, PA  0.40% ($33,529 average AGI)
from Columbia County, PA  0.17% ($30,034)
from Schuylkill County, PA  0.14% ($31,690)
from Monroe County, PA  0.13% ($33,515)
from Wyoming County, PA  0.12% ($31,500)
from Carbon County, PA  0.12% ($35,859)
from Kings County, NY  0.10% ($27,935)


3.63% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($39,456 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.63%
Pennsylvania average:

5.08%


0.02% of residents moved to foreign countries ($223 average AGI)
Luzerne County:

0.02%
Pennsylvania average:

0.05%

1.91% relocated to other counties in Pennsylvania ($19,220 average AGI)
1.70% relocated to other states ($20,013 average AGI)
Luzerne County:

1.70%
Pennsylvania average:

2.30%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Lackawanna County, PA  0.35% ($39,731 average AGI)
to Columbia County, PA  0.20% ($30,057)
to Schuylkill County, PA  0.19% ($31,150)
to Carbon County, PA  0.11% ($36,521)
to Wyoming County, PA  0.10% ($31,303)
to Philadelphia County, PA  0.10% ($37,832)
to Montgomery County, PA  0.09% ($45,685)

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

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 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 in Luzerne County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 66,650 (57,670 aged, 8,980 disabled)
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

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.

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

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:


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 (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue Debt

Luzerne County government finances - Expenditure in 2004:


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Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Luzerne County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Luzerne County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
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
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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
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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
AT&T2Kroger19
Ace Hardware3La-Z-Boy5
Aeropostale1Lane Bryant1
American Eagle Outfitters2Lane Furniture8
Applebee's2LensCrafters1
Arby's4Little Caesars Pizza1
Ascend Collection1Long John Silver's3
Ashley Furniture2Lowe's2
AutoZone3Macy's1
Avenue1Marriott1
BMW1Marshalls1
Banana Republic1MasterBrand Cabinets30
Baskin-Robbins1McDonald's10
Bath & Body Works2Men's Wearhouse1
Bed Bath & Beyond1Motherhood Maternity4
Ben & Jerry's1New Balance2
Best Western2Nike20
Blockbuster4OfficeMax1
Brookstone1Old Country Buffet1
Budget Car Rental2Old Navy2
Burger King7Olive Garden1
CVS12Outback1
Carson Pirie Scott2Outback Steakhouse1
Casual Male XL1Pac Sun1
Catherines1Panera Bread1
Chuck E. Cheese's1Payless5
Cold Stone Creamery1Penske3
Comfort Inn1PetSmart1
Cracker Barrel1Pier 1 Imports1
Curves2Pizza Hut2
DHL2Quality1
Dairy Queen3Quiznos1
Days Inn1RadioShack5
Deb3Ramada1
Decora Cabinetry2Raymour & Flanigan1
Dennys1Red Lobster1
Domino's Pizza6Red Robin1
DressBarn2Red Roof Inn1
Dunkin Donuts8Rite Aid12
Econo Lodge1Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing1
Eddie Bauer1SONIC Drive-In1
Express1Sam's Club1
Extended Stay Deluxe1Spencer Gifts1
Famous Footwear1Sprint Nextel3
Fashion Bug2Staples1
FedEx34Starbucks1
Finish Line1Subway20
Firestone Complete Auto Care1Super 81
Foot Locker1T-Mobile7
GNC7T.G.I. Driday's1
GameStop2T.J.Maxx1
Gap1Taco Bell5
Goodwill2Talbots1
Gymboree1Target1
H&R Block10The Limited1
Holiday Inn2The Room Place1
Hollister Co.1Toys"R"Us2
Home Depot1True Value2
Hot Topic1U-Haul14
JCPenney1UPS27
Johnny Rockets1Vans2
Jones New York6Verizon Wireless2
Journeys1Victoria's Secret1
KFC3Walgreens3
Kincaid2Walmart2
Kmart4Wendy's6
Knights Inn1YMCA4
Kohl's1
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