Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Population 2019

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania's estimated population is 40,806 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania is the 13th largest city in Pennsylvania based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 5845.93 people/mi² (2257.12 people/km²).

The overall median age is 34.6 years, 31.8 years for males, and 37.7 years for females. For every 100 females there are 95.9 males.

Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 19,511 households in the city, with an average size of 2.42 people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 4.9%, with a median rent of $684/month. The median house has 5.6 rooms, and has a value of $74,600.

The median income for households in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania is $32,484, while the mean household income is $44,959.

How Many People Live in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania?

40,806
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
201840,806-74-0.18%
201740,8801180.29%
201640,762-115-0.28%
201540,877-148-0.36%
201441,02510.00%
201341,024-300-0.73%
201241,324-51-0.12%
201141,375-112-0.27%
201041,487-1,636-0.39%
200043,123-4,400-0.97%
199047,523-4,028-0.81%
198051,551-7,305-1.32%
197058,856-4,695-0.76%
196063,551-13,275-1.88%
195076,826-9,410-1.15%
194086,236-390-0.05%
193086,62612,7931.61%
192073,8336,7280.96%
191067,10515,3842.64%
190051,72114,0033.21%
189037,71814,3794.92%
188023,33913,1658.66%
187010,1745,9219.11%
18604,2531,5304.56%
18502,7230.00%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018555,485-160-0.03%
2017555,645120.00%
2016555,633-2,057-0.37%
2015557,690-2,485-0.45%
2014560,175-1,341-0.24%
2013561,516-2,181-0.39%
2012563,697620.01%
2011563,635-122-0.02%
2010563,7570.00%

Population by Race

Race Population
White30,514
Black or African American5,759
Some Other Race2,225
Two or More Races1,507
Asian719
American Indian and Alaska Native104
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander59

Wilkes Barre Pa Population Pyramid 2019

Wilkes Barre Pa Median Age

34.6


Total

31.8


Male

37.7


Female

Wilkes Barre Pa Adults

There are 31,986 adults, (6,462 of whom are seniors) in Wilkes Barre Pa.

Wilkes Barre Pa Age Dependency

60.2

Age Dependency Ratio

25.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Wilkes Barre Pa Sex Ratio

Female

20,869

51.04%

Male

20,018

48.96%

Wilkes Barre Pa Households and Families

Wilkes Barre Pa Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Wilkes Barre Pa Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married74.4%25.6%
Male50.7%49.3%
All47.6%52.4%
Non Family37.3%62.7%
Female28.2%71.8%

47.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All15,5142.4247.6
Non Family6,7801.2137.3
Married4,6883.374.4
Female3,0703.528.2
Male9763.2850.7

3.24

Average Family Size

2.42

Average Household Size

6.9%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Wilkes Barre Pa Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,4195.49%
9th to 12th Grade3,23912.54%
High School Graduate10,57540.93%
Some College4,81418.63%
Associates Degree1,7436.75%
Bachelors Degree2,5739.96%
Graduate Degree1,4735.70%

Wilkes Barre Pa Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White19,28216,7763,391
Hispanic3,3331,828277
Black2,6452,070165
Other Race1,097478116
Asian520396157
Multiple Races406392112
Native American9239
Islander363112

The highest rate of high school graduation is among multiple races people with a rate of 96.55%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 33.33%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$27,984$31,429$25,015
Less Than High School$18,874$24,615$14,900
High School Grad$24,920$30,033$20,639
Some College$28,307$31,286$26,849
Bachelors Degree$35,943$38,606$34,421
Graduate Degree$55,293$57,132$53,971

$27,984

Average Earnings

$31,429

Average Male

$25,015

Average Female

Wilkes Barre Pa Language

Wilkes Barre Pa Language by Age

Wilkes Barre Pa Language

82.33% of Wilkes Barre Pa residents speak only English, while 17.67% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 14.00% of the population.

Wilkes Barre Pa Poverty

Wilkes Barre Pa Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White24,1754,30917.82%
Hispanic6,7653,24647.98%
Black5,4512,93653.86%
Other2,1321,00347.05%
Multiple1,48555437.31%
Asian67819929.35%
Islander594779.66%
Native1041817.31%

28.62%

Overall Poverty Rate

26.72%

Male Poverty Rate

30.43%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Wilkes Barre Pa

The race most likely to be in poverty in Wilkes Barre Pa is Islander, with 79.66% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Wilkes Barre Pa is Native, with 17.31% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.00%. Among those working part-time, it was 30.94%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 35.72%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School39.26%
High School19.34%
Some College17.22%
Bachelors or Greater7.90%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed65.01%
Male Unemployed50.58%
Female Employed15.46%
Male Employed9.01%

Wilkes Barre Pa Income

Wilkes Barre Pa Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$32,484$44,959
Families$42,782$54,093
Married Families$59,423$69,897
Non Families$21,193$30,612

Wilkes Barre Pa Marital Status

Wilkes Barre Pa Marital Status

Marriage Rates

31.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

33.3%

Male Marriage Rate

30.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Wilkes Barre Pa Married by Age and Sex

Wilkes Barre Pa Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Wilkes Barre Pa Marital Status by Race

Wilkes Barre Pa Veterans

2,172

Number of Veterans

2,027

Male Veterans

145

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam754
First Gulf War342
Korea336
World War II168
Second Gulf War168

Wilkes Barre Pa Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White1,9537.67%
Black1925.56%
Hispanic491.09%
Other181.18%
Indian99.78%

Wilkes Barre Pa Veterans by Education

11.05%

Veteran Poverty Rate

32.44%

Veteran Disability Rate

Wilkes Barre Pa Employment Status

56.2%

Labor Force Participation

49.9%

Employment Rate

11.1%

Unemployment Rate

Wilkes Barre Pa Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

66.20%

Born in Pennsylvania

91.69%

Native Born

8.31%

Foreign Born

4.38%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

91.69% of Wilkes Barre Pa residents were born in the United States, with 66.20% having been born in Pennsylvania. 4.38% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.