Wilkes-Barre, PA

Wilkes-Barre profile

Living in Wilkes-Barre

Wilkes-Barre is a medium-sized city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 44,328 people and 24 constituent neighborhoods, Wilkes-Barre is the 14th largest community in Pennsylvania. Wilkes-Barre has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Wilkes-Barre is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Wilkes-Barre is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Wilkes-Barre who work in office and administrative support (14.02%), food service (8.61%), and healthcare (7.08%).

In terms of college education, Wilkes-Barre is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 18.40% of adults 25 and older in Wilkes-Barre have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Wilkes-Barre in 2018 was $20,785, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $83,140 for a family of four. However, Wilkes-Barre contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Wilkes-Barre is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Wilkes-Barre home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Wilkes-Barre residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Wilkes-Barre also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 26.58% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Wilkes-Barre include Irish, Polish, German, Italian, and English.

The most common language spoken in Wilkes-Barre is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.