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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.
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.
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.
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.
Libraries in Wilkes-Barre include North Branch Library, Osterhout Free Library, South Branch Library ... View libraries
TV stations in Wilkes-Barre include W07BV, WBRE.
Luzerne County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Wilkes-Barre political report.
Wilkes-Barre restaurants taking online reservations include Oyster ... View restaurants
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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