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Welcome to Wilkes-Barre ...

The city of Wilkes-Barre is located in Luzerne County<1> and is the County Seat for Luzerne County.

When the people of Wilkes-Barre refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Wilkes-Barrean<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Wilkes-Barre has a population of 40,766 people<3> (see below for details).

Wilkes-Barre was established in 1769.

The community of Wilkes-Barre is 520 feet [158 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Wilkes-Barre lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

The telephone area code for Wilkes-Barre: (570)

Websites for Wilkes-Barre ...

Official Website:   www.wilkes-barre.pa.us/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.wilkes-barre.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Wilkes-Barre had an population of 40,766 people. This is a decrease of 1.76% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 5.47% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Wilkes-Barre had a population of 41,498 people (or 12.93% of the total population of Luzerne County). This makes Wilkes-Barre the county's most populous community.

The population of Wilkes-Barre represents 0.33% of the total population of Pennsylvania (which has 12,702,379 people), making it the state's 13th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 41,498 people, the population of Wilkes-Barre decreased 3.77% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 43,123 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Wilkes-Barre.

Communities near Wilkes-Barre ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Wilkes-Barre.

  • Scranton [Lackawanna County]
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    • Scranton [Lackawanna County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the northeast of Wilkes-Barre
    • Estimated population in 2019: 76,653 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Scranton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Scranton<6>
  • Dunmore [Lackawanna County]
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    • Dunmore [Lackawanna County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the northeast of Wilkes-Barre
    • Estimated population in 2019: 12,954 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dunmore have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dunmore
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dunmore<6>
  • Nanticoke [Luzerne County]
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    • Nanticoke [Luzerne County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<5> to the southwest of Wilkes-Barre
    • Estimated population in 2019: 10,312 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nanticoke
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Nanticoke<6>
  • Old Forge [Lackawanna County]
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    • Old Forge [Lackawanna County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the northeast of Wilkes-Barre
    • Estimated population in 2019: 7,894 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Old Forge have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Old Forge<6>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Pittston [Luzerne County]
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      • Pittston [Luzerne County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<5> to the northeast of Wilkes-Barre
      • Estimated population in 2019: 7,802 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pittston<6>
    • Taylor [Lackawanna County]
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      • Taylor [Lackawanna County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the northeast of Wilkes-Barre
      • Estimated population in 2019: 5,913 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Taylor have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Taylor<6>
    • Moosic [Lackawanna County]
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      • Moosic [Lackawanna County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the northeast of Wilkes-Barre
      • Estimated population in 2019: 5,832 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Moosic have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Moosic<6>
    • Exeter [Luzerne County]
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      • Exeter [Luzerne County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<5> to the northeast of Wilkes-Barre
      • Estimated population in 2019: 5,541 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Exeter have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Exeter
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Exeter<6>
    • Clarks Summit [Lackawanna County]
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      • Clarks Summit [Lackawanna County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the northeast of Wilkes-Barre
      • Estimated population in 2019: 4,865 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clarks Summit have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clarks Summit
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clarks Summit<6>
    • Duryea [Luzerne County]
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      • Duryea [Luzerne County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the northeast of Wilkes-Barre
      • Estimated population in 2019: 4,852 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Duryea have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Duryea
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Duryea<6>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Wilkes-Barre. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Wilkes-Barre.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Wilkes-Barre. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Wilkes-Barre.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Wilkes-Barre. Our list includes 87 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Wilkes-Barre.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Wilkes-Barre ...

Looking for more information about Wilkes-Barre? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Wilkes-Barre, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Wilkes-Barre.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Pennsylvania

About Luzerne County

About Pennsylvania

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Wilkes-Barre: www.wilkes-barre.pa.us/

The official website for Luzerne County: www.luzernecounty.org/

The official website for State of Pennsylvania: https://www.pa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Pennsylvania's counties, including Luzerne, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Wilkes-Barre refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Wilkes-Barre may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Wilkes-Barre.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Wilkes-Barre - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Wilkes-Barre) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Wilkes-Barre. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Wilkes-Barre

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wilkes-Barre. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.2454, Longitude: -75.8813    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






















 

 

 

 

 


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