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Wilkes-Barre is a township in Luzerne County, in the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre metro area. [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 41.216N. The longitude is -75.85W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,483 feet.
The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 3,235.
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, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 18706 ZIP code.
8% of Wilkes-Barre residents report German ancestry, and 11% 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 $20,055, compared with $21,587 nationally.
15% of Wilkes-Barre residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Wilkes-Barre, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $504. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $826.
Luzerne County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Wilkes-Barre political report.
The average commute time for Wilkes-Barre workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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