Wilkes-Barre is a medium-sized city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 40,766 people and 25 constituent neighborhoods, Wilkes-Barre is the 16th largest community in Pennsylvania. Wilkes-Barre has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Wilkes-Barre is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (15.10%), food service (8.42%), and sales jobs (7.71%).
The percentage of adults in Wilkes-Barre with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 16.54% of adults in Wilkes-Barre have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Wilkes-Barre in 2018 was $20,197, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $80,788 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 20.97% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Wilkes-Barre include Irish, Polish, German, Italian, and Welsh.
The most common language spoken in Wilkes-Barre is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.