B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$77,700
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$662
National
$928
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    54%
  • Own
    46%

Wilkes-Barre Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    154
    273
  • Murder
    5
    6
  • Rape
    54
    41
  • Robbery
    224
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    848
    525
  • Theft
    2,528
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    156
    263

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$30,945
National
$53,889
Children
18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    11%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    41%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    17%
    13%
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I am a lifelong resident of the Diamond City. I have been part of the community for nearly two generations. My paternal family settled here from Italy and Czechoslovakia. My maternal family were Jewish immigrants that settled here from the Ukraine and Russia. My roots here are deep. I have witnessed many changes over the years, with the town increasing in population and many new businesses coming and going. One thing that remains is the tight knit nature of it's residents, both new and old. I highly recommend this town to anybody considering moving to NEPA!
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Fun city vibe, Five star restaurants, shopping centers, & a cute downtown area! Went to Kirby Park and it is worth visiting. I love to run/walk here but sometimes it can be annoying. People in groups walk side by side and take up the whole path a lot and there's steep hills on both sides, just something to be aware of. This is really just a nice peaceful place to go to alone (not at night) or with a group of friends. There is a track, softball & baseball fields, tennis courts, enough room to play a game of football or kickball, soccer. You can also have a blanket picnic or use a pavilion table. There's also a playground for children. There is a decent size pond that I've seen kids fishing in but it's not taken care of very well so proceed cautiously. You can take your leashed pet here and there are dootie bags and trash bins. Wi-Fi and Port-a-johns are available
I moved to Wilkes Barre in August 2004 from Hawaii. I am of Polynesian descent and my job requires a lot of moving around. A lot of places in Wilkes Barre are being built. There are a vast amount of stores, supermarkets, restaurants, pharmacies, gas stations, banks, churches, and schools all within seconds from each other. Geisinger Hospital also is right next to the Wyoming Valley Mall. Commute is pretty decent as well, with Downtown WB, Kingston, Forty Fort, Plymouth, Wyoming and Bear Creek Twp all being less than 25 minutes away. Needless to say, I am easily able to call Wilkes Barre my new Oahu.