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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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Wilkes-Barre is a town in Pennsylvania with a population of 40,887. Wilkes-Barre is in Luzerne County. Living in Wilkes-Barre offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Wilkes-Barre there are a lot of bars, restaurants, and parks. Many families live in Wilkes-Barre and residents tend to be liberal.
About Wilkes-Barre...
Population
40,887

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$74,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$684
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    52%
  • Own
    48%
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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
    329.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    4.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    29.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    257.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    556.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,018.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    148.4
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    15%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    10%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    41%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    18%
    13%

Working in Wilkes-Barre

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$32,484
National
$55,322
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Wilkes Barre has easy accessibility to shopping, concerts/the arts, a casino, luxury inexpensive restaurants, coffee shops, mountains, Seven Tubs, Kirby Park bike/hike trails, and open parks. The people are very kind, and most of all HUMBLE! and grateful to live here. It's very affordable, and feels safe. Sidewalks and playgrounds everywhere.
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We have lived in Wilkes Barre for the past 5 years. We LOVE this town with a passion! We love it so much we invested property near Bear Creek in to build for our children. Love the small downtown feel, miles of bike paths, upscale shopping centers, authentic restaurants and shops.
I love Wilkes Barre! I live downtown and it truly has an appealing culture of its own. Wilkes Barre’s charisma makes this place one of a kind. Diversity is high, location is the best, and the people are more down-to-earth.