Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Population 2020

41,042

Wilkes-Barre is a city located in Pennsylvania. With a 2020 population of 41,042, it is the 13th largest city in Pennsylvania and the 955th largest city in the United States. Wilkes-Barre is currently growing at a rate of 0.29% annually but its population has decreased by -1.10% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 41,498 in 2010. Wilkes-Barre reached it's highest population of 86,626 in 1930. Spanning over 7 miles, Wilkes-Barre has a population density of 5,880 people per square mile.

The average household income in Wilkes-Barre is $48,092 with a poverty rate of 27.53%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $730 per month, and the median house value is $74,600. The median age in Wilkes-Barre is 34.4 years, 31.7 years for males, and 37.5 years for females. For every 100 females there are 95.7 males.

Wilkes-Barre Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Wilkes-Barre 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%
The current population of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania is 41,042, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 40,806.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 41,498.

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020555,165-160-0.03%
2019555,325-160-0.03%
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 Population Pyramid 2020

Wilkes-Barre Median Age

34.4


Total

31.7


Male

37.5


Female

Wilkes-Barre Adults

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

Wilkes-Barre Age Dependency

61.6

Age Dependency Ratio

25.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36

Child Dependency Ratio

Wilkes-Barre Sex Ratio

Female

20,871

51.10%

Male

19,976

48.90%

Wilkes-Barre Households and Families

Wilkes-Barre Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Wilkes-Barre 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 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 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 Language

Wilkes-Barre Language by Age

Wilkes-Barre Language

81.34% of Wilkes-Barre 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 Poverty

Wilkes-Barre 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

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

The race least likely to be in poverty in Wilkes-Barre 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 Income

Wilkes-Barre 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 Marital Status

Wilkes-Barre Marital Status

Marriage Rates

32.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

32.9%

Male Marriage Rate

31.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Wilkes-Barre Married by Age and Sex

Wilkes-Barre 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 Marital Status by Race

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

$Wilkes-Barre Veterans by Education

11.99%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.50%

Veteran Disability Rate

Wilkes-Barre Employment Status

56.8%

Labor Force Participation

51%

Employment Rate

10.1%

Unemployment Rate

Wilkes-Barre 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 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.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202041,0421180.29%
201940,9241180.29%
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%