Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Population 2020

40,806

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 34.4 years, 31.7 years for males, and 37.5 years for females. For every 100 females there are 95.7 males.

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

Wilkes Barre Pa Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Wilkes Barre Pa was:

  • White: 73.40%
  • Black or African American: 13.76%
  • Other race: 5.54%
  • Two or more races: 4.50%
  • Asian: 2.14%
  • Native American: 0.36%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.30%

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 Percentage
White29,98373.40%
Black or African American5,62113.76%
Some Other Race2,2635.54%
Two or More Races1,8404.50%
Asian8732.14%
American Indian and Alaska Native1460.36%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1210.30%

Wilkes Barre Pa Population Pyramid 2020

Wilkes Barre Pa Median Age

34.4


Total

31.7


Male

37.5


Female

Wilkes Barre Pa Adults

There are 31,744 adults, (6,472 of whom are seniors) in Wilkes Barre Pa.

Wilkes Barre Pa Age Dependency

61.6

Age Dependency Ratio

25.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36

Child Dependency Ratio

Wilkes Barre Pa Sex Ratio

Female

20,871

51.10%

Male

19,976

48.90%

Wilkes Barre Pa Households and Families

Wilkes Barre Pa Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Wilkes Barre Pa Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married73.4%26.6%
Male52.9%47.1%
All47.9%52.1%
Non Family37.5%62.5%
Female27.9%72.1%

47.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All15,3792.4547.9
Non Family6,5721.2137.5
Married4,8213.3473.4
Female2,9583.4227.9
Male1,0283.3852.9

3.24

Average Family Size

2.45

Average Household Size

7.1%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.1%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Wilkes Barre Pa Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,3135.10%
9th to 12th Grade3,06711.92%
High School Graduate10,67041.46%
Some College4,70718.29%
Associates Degree1,8807.31%
Bachelors Degree2,5069.74%
Graduate Degree1,5916.18%

Wilkes Barre Pa Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White18,55816,2153,301
Hispanic3,7452,327339
Black2,7242,194158
Other Race1,158641143
Asian580452175
Multiple Races524456159
Native American7528
Islander706347

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 90.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 67.14%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$29,150$33,741$25,192
Less Than High School$22,349$28,817$16,205
High School Grad$24,706$30,784$20,926
Some College$29,990$36,490$27,164
Bachelors Degree$36,866$40,286$35,838
Graduate Degree$58,365$59,609$58,044

$29,150

Average Earnings

$33,741

Average Male

$25,192

Average Female

Wilkes Barre Pa Language

Wilkes Barre Pa Language by Age

Wilkes Barre Pa Language

81.34% of Wilkes Barre Pa residents speak only English, while 18.66% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 14.81% of the population.

Wilkes Barre Pa Poverty

Wilkes Barre Pa Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White23,2804,29818.46%
Hispanic7,5942,91238.35%
Black5,2762,60849.43%
Other2,21089940.68%
Multiple1,80383246.15%
Asian84017320.60%
Native1386950.00%
Islander1164236.21%

27.53%

Overall Poverty Rate

25.20%

Male Poverty Rate

29.73%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Wilkes Barre Pa

The race most likely to be in poverty in Wilkes Barre Pa is Native, with 50.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Wilkes Barre Pa is White, with 18.46% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.84%. Among those working part-time, it was 31.86%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 34.78%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School37.35%
High School20.35%
Some College17.13%
Bachelors or Greater6.62%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed61.39%
Male Unemployed52.18%
Female Employed15.07%
Male Employed9.12%

Wilkes Barre Pa Income

Wilkes Barre Pa Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$35,485$48,092
Families$47,435$57,793
Married Families$63,294$73,552
Non Families$22,586$31,915

Wilkes Barre Pa Marital Status

Wilkes Barre Pa Marital Status

Marriage Rates

32.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

32.9%

Male Marriage Rate

31.1%

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

2,021

Number of Veterans

1,848

Male Veterans

173

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam636
First Gulf War303
Korea281
Second Gulf War198
World War II111

Wilkes Barre Pa Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White1,7677.09%
Black2085.91%
Hispanic531.06%
Other201.27%
2 or More171.98%
Asian91.39%

Wilkes Barre Pa Veterans by Education

11.99%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.50%

Veteran Disability Rate

Wilkes Barre Pa Employment Status

56.8%

Labor Force Participation

51%

Employment Rate

10.1%

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

63.82%

Born in Pennsylvania

90.61%

Native Born

9.39%

Foreign Born

4.72%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

90.61% of Wilkes Barre Pa residents were born in the United States, with 63.82% having been born in Pennsylvania. 4.72% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.