Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Population 2024

44,169

Wilkes-Barre is a city located in Pennsylvania. Wilkes-Barre has a 2024 population of 44,169. Wilkes-Barre is currently declining at a rate of -0.1% annually and its population has decreased by -0.18% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 44,247 in 2020.

The average household income in Wilkes-Barre is $60,771 with a poverty rate of 21.75%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Wilkes-Barre is 34.3 years, 34.2 years for males, and 34.4 years for females.

Wilkes-Barre Demographics

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

  • White: 58.95%
  • Other race: 14.07%
  • Black or African American: 12.51%
  • Two or more races: 11.84%
  • Asian: 2.14%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.39%
  • Native American: 0.11%
Land Area (mi²)
6.8 sq mi
Density (mi²)
6,449.70/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-0.18% (-78)
The current population of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania is 44,169 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 44,247.

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White26,01158.95%
Other race6,21014.07%
Black or African American5,52012.51%
Two or more races5,22211.84%
Asian9432.14%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander1700.39%
Native American470.11%

White

Other race

Black or African American

Two or more races

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Native American

Wilkes-Barre Population by Race

Wilkes-Barre Population Pyramid 2024

Wilkes-Barre Median Age

34.3

Total

34.2

Male

34.4

Female

Wilkes-Barre Adults

There are 34,148 adults, (6,752 of whom are seniors) in Wilkes-Barre.

Wilkes-Barre Age Dependency

61.1

Age Dependency Ratio

24.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Wilkes-Barre Sex Ratio

Female22,50751.01%
Male21,61648.99%

Wilkes-Barre Population by Age

Wilkes-Barre Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All16,4612.4747.952.1
Non Family6,6461.2236.563.5
Married5,4393.2270.529.5
Female3,2123.5234.265.8
Male1,1643.1444.755.3

3.12

Average Family Size

2.47

Average Household Size

47.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Wilkes-Barre Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,6165.7%
9th to 12th Grade2,4338.58%
High School Graduate11,34140%
Some College4,92717.38%
Associates Degree2,7559.72%
Bachelors Degree3,56612.58%
Graduate Degree1,7176.06%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Wilkes-Barre Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Wilkes-Barre Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White17,80916,1623,623
Hispanic6,6544,8191,084
Other Race3,3942,398505
Black3,1212,656251
2+ Races2,4741,947565
Asian489374193
Islander202020
Native American220

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 100%.

Wilkes-Barre Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Overall$36,259$41,034$32,263
Less Than 9th Grade$25,284$30,603$20,348
High School Graduate$34,034$38,966$28,561
Some College$36,578$41,870$34,251
Bachelors Degree$42,645$44,896$37,195
Graduate Degree$62,024$80,848$55,457

$36,259

Average Earnings

$41,034

Average Male

$32,263

Average Female

Wilkes-Barre Earnings by Educational Attainment

Wilkes-Barre Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Wilkes-Barre Language

75.7% of Wilkes-Barre residents speak only English, while 24.3% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 20.68% of the population.

Wilkes-Barre Language

Wilkes-Barre Poverty by Race

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White21,5863,45616.01%
Hispanic12,4023,05224.61%
Multiple5,0021,87937.56%
Black4,9761,59332.01%
Other6,0701,39823.03%
Asian894819.06%
Native393897.44%

21.75%

Overall Poverty Rate

19.59%

Male Poverty Rate

23.76%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Wilkes-Barre

The race most likely to be in poverty in Wilkes-Barre is Native, with 97.44% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Wilkes-Barre is Asian, with 9.06% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.8%. Among those working part-time, it was 25.23%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 30.02%.

Wilkes-Barre Poverty

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade32.64%
High School19.06%
Some College13.42%
Bachelors or Greater5.05%

Wilkes-Barre Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Unemployed43.78%
Female Unemployed38.08%
Female Employed11.96%
Male Employed5.03%

Wilkes-Barre Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Wilkes-Barre Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Households$46,597$60,771
Families$57,047$72,003
Married Families$79,164$-999,999,999
Non Families$30,722$38,971

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Wilkes-Barre Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

32.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

33.5%

Male Marriage Rate

32.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Wilkes-Barre Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Wilkes-Barre Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Wilkes-Barre Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Wilkes-Barre Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

2,085

Number of Veterans

1,938

Male Veterans

147

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam578
First Gulf War379
Second Gulf War324
Korea220
World War II10

Wilkes-Barre Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
75+637
35 to 54480
55 to 64420
65 to 74405
18 to 34143

Wilkes-Barre Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White1,7337.61%
Black2185.67%
Hispanic1321.66%
2+ Races963.26%
Other Race320.83%
Asian61.01%

Wilkes-Barre Veterans by Race

Wilkes-Barre Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

10.9%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.5%

Veteran Disability Rate

Wilkes-Barre Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

56.9%

Labor Force Participation

52%

Employment Rate

8.4%

Unemployment Rate

Wilkes-Barre Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Wilkes-Barre Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Wilkes-Barre Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

56.21%

Born in Wilkes-Barre

85.53%

Native Born

14.47%

Foreign Born

8.57%

Non Citizen

5.9%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

85.53% of Wilkes-Barre residents were born in the United States, with 56.21% having been born in Pennsylvania. 8.57% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Wilkes-Barre Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202943,939-46-0.1%
202843,985-46-0.1%
202744,031-46-0.1%
202644,077-46-0.1%
202544,123-46-0.1%
202444,169-46-0.1%
202344,215-46-0.1%
202244,261-46-0.1%
202144,307600.14%
202044,2473,5188.64%
201940,729-174-0.43%
201840,903-44-0.11%
201740,9471500.37%
201640,797-123-0.3%
201540,920-132-0.32%
201441,05200%
201341,052-298-0.72%
201241,350-48-0.12%
201141,398-104-0.25%
201041,50200%

Wilkes-Barre Population by Year