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"Diamond City"

Wilkes-Barre is a city in Luzerne County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after John Wilkes and John Barr?, English political figures who championed the colonists' cause.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Pennsylvania named Wilkes-Barre. For links to other places called Wilkes-Barre, PA, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]

The latitude of Wilkes-Barre is 41.245N. The longitude is -75.881W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 535 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 41,630.


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Median household income
Local
$26,711
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Wilkes-Barre demographic reports
Wilkes-Barre is on the Susquehanna River
Ninety-two miners died in an explosion here in 1919.
Miners from South Wales settled here to work the anthracite mines.
Birthplace of Planters Peanuts, which developed from the fruit-and-peanut stand Amadeo Obici launched here in 1906
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 148. The number of murders and homicides was 2. The violent crime rate was 3.5 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· George Catlin, artist
· Franz Josef Kline, artist
· Joseph L. Mankiewicz, director, screenwriter, producer
Local festivals include:
  • Fine Arts Fiesta - May 17-20, 2007
Dates often change. Check Wilkes-Barre web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Seven Tubs Nature Area, Kirby Park, Harvey's Lake
Sports teams: Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons (minor league baseball), Penguins (AHL)
Colleges and universities: King's College, Wilkes University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 70

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Wilkes-Barre demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Luzerne County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Scranton-Wilkes-Barre area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 18701 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

15% of Wilkes-Barre residents report German ancestry, and 19% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Wilkes-Barre ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Wilkes-Barre was $15,050, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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13% of Wilkes-Barre residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Wilkes-Barre, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $348.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $754.


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Libraries in Wilkes-Barre include North Branch Library, Osterhout Free Library, South Branch Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Wilkes-Barre include Citizens' Voice, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader

TV stations in Wilkes-Barre include W07BV, WBRE.

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Luzerne County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Wilkes-Barre political report.

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Wilkes-Barre restaurants taking online reservations include Oyster ... View restaurants

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The average commute time for Wilkes-Barre workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 8 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Wilkes-Barre between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.9 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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