Luzerne, Pennsylvania

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Luzerne, Pennsylvania

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High Points

Luzerne strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Pennsylvania):

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Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Luzerne Public Transportation Use
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 9% Luzerne Affordability of Property Taxes
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Luzerne Walking and Biking to Work

Comparative Profile of Luzerne, Pennsylvania

Comparing Luzerne to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Pennsylvania (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 9 10
Age of the Population 9 9
Female Share of the Population 7 7
Well-Paid Single Women 7 5
Well-Paid Single Men 6 6
Male Share of the Population 4 4
Racial Diversity 3 3
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 1 2
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 6 5
People Above Poverty 5 4
Median Family Income 4 3
College Educated Adults 4 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 9
Walking and Biking to Work 9 9
Short Commute Times 8 9
Working at Home 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 6
Affordability of Rents 7 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 4
Housing Recently Built 1 2

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Luzerne Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 15 miles SW of Scranton, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 97 miles W of Newark, New Jersey
County Luzerne
Metro Area Scranton - - Wilkes - Barre - - Hazleton
Standard Zip Codes 18709
Phone Area Codes 570
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.285
Longitude -75.901

Luzerne Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 9.3 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 34 F
Apr Temp 38 to 59 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 61 F
Annual Precip 37.5 inches
Distance 36.7 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 62 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 66 F
Annual Precip 43.9 inches
Distance 36.9 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 33 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 42 inches
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Luzerne Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 2,952 100%
Male 1,388 47%
Female 1,564 53%
Under 18 521 17.6%
18+ 2,431 82.4%
65+ 706 23.9%
Median Age 42.8
Average Family Size 2.87
White 2,920 98.9%
African-American 10 0.3%
Asian 2 0.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 0 0%
Other 6 0.2%
Mixed Race 14 0.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 13 0.4%

Estimated Luzerne Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 2,805
Growth -147
Growth % -5%

Luzerne Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Polish 26.6%
German 10.7%
Italian 10.5%
Irish 9.8%
US/American 8.4%
Lithuanian 5.8%
English 5.6%
Slovak 5.3%
Russian 4.1%
Welsh 3.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 1.7%
Swedish 1.4%
Slovene 1.4%
Dutch 1.2%
Croatian 0.8%
Scotch-Irish 0.7%
Pennsylvania German 0.7%
Slavic 0.5%
French Canadian 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Lebanese 0.3%
Norwegian 0.3%
Hungarian 0.2%
French (except Basque) 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Luzerne, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Wilkes Barre (18709)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Luzerne 2,952 $37,730
Courtdale 791 $44,500
Edwardsville 4,984 $26,908
Forty Fort 4,579 $50,667
Kingston 13,855 $45,578
Pringle 991 $43,750
Swoyersville 5,157 $39,188
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