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Time Zone: Luzerne County lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Wilkes-Barre is the Seat for Luzerne County.

Luzerne County was founded September 25, 1786 and was created by taking area from NorthumberlandCounty.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Luzerne had a population of 312,845 people. This is a decrease of 2.01% since the last Census (which gave a population of 319,250 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Luzerne represented 2.6% of the total population of Pennsylvania, making it the state's 11th most populous county (out of 67 counties).

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
2000319,250The Last Census

More information can be found on the Luzerne County Census Page for Luzerne County.


Below are some of the communities located in Luzerne County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Luzerne County):

Community 2009
(2009vs. 2000)
Wilkes-Barre   40,96443,1235.01% decrease  
Hazleton   21,74423,3296.79% decrease  
Kingston   12,93213,8556.66% decrease  
Nanticoke   10,20210,9556.87% decrease  
Pittston   7,5538,1046.8% decrease  

Websites for Luzerne County

Official Website:   www.luzernecounty.org/

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

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