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The 2000 Census showed that Luzerne County had a population of 319,250 people. This represented 2.6% of the total population of Pennsylvania, making it the state's 11th most populous county (out of 67 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Luzerne had a population of 312,845 people. This is a decrease of 2.01% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010320,918+0.52%+2.58% since 2009
2009312,845-2.01%+0.23% since 2008
2007311,934-2.29%+0.23% since 2006
2004311,652-2.38%-0.34% since 2003
2003312,701-2.05%-0.34% since 2002
2002313,764-1.72%-0.56% since 2001
2001315,525-1.17%-1.17% since 2000
2000319,250The Last Census

Luzerne County had 144,686 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Luzerne County has a total area<3> of 907 square miles [2,349 km²]. Of this total, 890 square miles [2,307 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (1.8%) being water (16.32 square miles [42.26 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Luzerne County had a population density of 358.4 people per square mile [138.4 people/km²], making it the state's 17th most densely populated county (out of 67 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Luzerne County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Luzerne and the state of Pennsylvania.

Click here for the Luzerne County QuickFact (QF-42079).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Luzerne County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
West PittstonQF-42838564,9215,072-2.98%

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Luzerne County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
CarbonQF-42025   SE63,86558,8028.61%
ColumbiaQF-42037   SW65,11164,1511.5%
LackawannaQF-42069   NE208,801213,295-2.11%
MonroeQF-42089   E166,355138,68719.95%
SchuylkillQF-42107   S146,952150,336-2.25%
SullivanQF-42113   NW6,1406,556-6.35%
WyomingQF-42131   N27,80828,080-0.97%

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Census QuickFact for Luzerne County

Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Luzerne. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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