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Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (PA) Poverty Rate Data
Information about poor and low-income residents


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30.1% of Wilkes-Barre, PA residents had an income below the poverty level in 2017, which was 58.5% greater than the poverty level of 12.5% across the entire state of Pennsylvania. Taking into account residents not living in families, 26.3% of high school graduates and 41.1% of non high school graduates live in poverty. The poverty rate was 20.9% among disabled males and 26.3% among disabled females. The renting rate among poor residents was 76.3%. For comparison, it was 39.8% among residents with income above the poverty level.

Poverty rates in Wilkes-Barre, PA

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2017:
Wilkes-Barre:

30.1%
Whole state:

12.5%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2017:
Wilkes-Barre:

15.7%
Whole state:

6.0%

Poverty rate among disabled males:
Wilkes-Barre:

20.9%
Pennsylvania:

14.4%
Disability rate in this city among poor males (it is 24.0% among male residents who are not classified as poor):
Wilkes-Barre:

35.0%
Pennsylvania:

29.2%

Poverty rate among disabled females:
Wilkes-Barre:

26.3%
Pennsylvania:

19.4%
Disability rate in this city among poor females (it is 25.0% among female residents who are not classified as poor):
Wilkes-Barre:

38.6%
Pennsylvania:

30.6%

Renting rate in this city among poor and not poor residents:
Residents below poverty level:

76.3%
Residents above poverty level:

39.8%

Poverty by age in Wilkes-Barre, PA

Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Wilkes-Barre
  • Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Wilkes-Barre,PA (percentage below poverty level)
  • 48.1%Under 5 years
  • 88.4%5 years
  • 44.1%6 to 11 years
  • 53.4%12 to 14 years
  • 25.4%15 years
  • 32.0%16 and 17 years
  • 31.3%18 to 24 years
  • 19.9%25 to 34 years
  • 12.7%35 to 44 years
  • 9.6%45 to 54 years
  • 12.0%55 to 64 years
  • 10.0%65 to 74 years
  • 9.1%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Wilkes-Barre
  • Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Wilkes-Barre,PA (percentage below poverty level)
  • 53.3%Under 5 years
  • 52.9%5 years
  • 47.2%6 to 11 years
  • 34.9%12 to 14 years
  • 15.6%15 years
  • 48.5%16 and 17 years
  • 45.3%18 to 24 years
  • 32.5%25 to 34 years
  • 31.2%35 to 44 years
  • 21.3%45 to 54 years
  • 23.5%55 to 64 years
  • 7.9%65 to 74 years
  • 12.9%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Wilkes-Barre,PA (% below half of poverty level)
  • 12.5%Under 5 years
  • 10.7%5 years
  • 5.2%6 to 11 years
  • 6.7%12 to 14 years
  • 5.3%15 years
  • 7.5%16 and 17 years
  • 17.7%18 to 24 years
  • 6.7%25 to 34 years
  • 4.4%35 to 44 years
  • 4.5%45 to 54 years
  • 5.5%55 to 64 years
  • 2.8%65 to 74 years
  • 3.5%75 years and over

Poverty by race and place of birth in Wilkes-Barre, PA

Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Wilkes-Barre, PA (%)
  • 16.0%White
  • 49.0%Black
  • 28.0%American Indian
  • 16.0%Asian
  • 100.0%Native Hawaiian
  • 36.0%Other race
  • 31.0%2+ races
  • 44.0%Hispanic
Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Wilkes-Barre, PA (absolute numbers)
  • 3,806White
  • 2,692Black
  • 23American Indian
  • 120Asian
  • 64Native Hawaiian
  • 525Other race
  • 4762+ races
  • 3,253Hispanic
Poverty status for native-born residents
  • 27.7%Below poverty level
  • 72.3%Above poverty level
Poverty status for foreign-born residents
  • 19.0%Below poverty level
  • 81.0%Above poverty level

Poverty in families in Wilkes-Barre, PA

Children below poverty level:
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania:

47.7%
State:

16.7%
Poverty rate among high school graduates not in families:
Wilkes-Barre:

26.3%
Pennsylvania:

18.9%
Poverty rate among people who did not graduate high school not in families:
Wilkes-Barre:

41.1%
Pennsylvania:

36.4%
Poor families by family type
  • 19.6%Married-couple family
  • 3.9%Male, no wife present
  • 76.5%Female, no husband present
Breakdown of poor residents in Wilkes-Barre not in families by work experience
  • 1.0%Worked full-time, year-round
  • 34.1%Worked part-time
  • 64.9%Did not work
Breakdown of poor married-couple families by work experience
  • 1.4%Both worked full-time
  • 3.8%One full-time, other part-time
  • 23.1%One full-time, other didn't work
  • 16.3%Both worked part-time
  • 24.7%One part-time, other didn't work
  • 30.8%Both didn't work

Other data

Year house/condo built for residents below and above poverty levels
  • Owners below poverty level
  • 0.0%1999 to 2000
  • 0.6%1995 to 1998
  • 0.9%1990 to 1994
  • 0.8%1980 to 1989
  • 3.0%1970 to 1979
  • 5.0%1960 to 1969
  • 3.7%1950 to 1959
  • 11.1%1940 to 1949
  • 74.9%1939 or earlier
  • Owners above poverty level
  • 0.1%1999 to 2000
  • 0.6%1995 to 1998
  • 0.8%1990 to 1994
  • 2.4%1980 to 1989
  • 4.3%1970 to 1979
  • 4.9%1960 to 1969
  • 5.0%1950 to 1959
  • 9.8%1940 to 1949
  • 72.0%1939 or earlier
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