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
    B+
  12. Commute
    B+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$77,900
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$922
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    49%
  • Own
    51%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    204
    273
  • Murder
    68
    6
  • Rape
    0
    41
  • Robbery
    307
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    648
    525
  • Theft
    23,688
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    273
    263

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$45,365
National
$53,889
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    36%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    34%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%
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1 review
I was born in Wilkes-Barre. I have lived in places such as Philadelphia, North Carolina, California: and yet I have returned to my small town - mostly to lick the wounds the large world has given me. My family is here, my grandparents who helped raise me were here before I sat with them as they took their last breath. The Wilkes-Barre of 15 years ago is not the one that I am faced with today. As a teen I felt incredibly safe in my neighborhood town, walking to the local coffee shop to write poetry. Nowadays stories of stabbings and gun violence are far more rampant than I ever imagined, I can't imagine being a child here now. I hope that the streets can be cleaned up, that children can stay out until the lights come on at night and not worry about what goes bump in the night. I would love for Wilkes-Barre to become what it was many years ago.
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