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Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania Population information, Arrest Statistics, and History

If you've studied in school in the United States, you would have heard of Wilkes-Barre in your history class. It has played a significant role in the history of the US, and no child gets out of school without learning about it. Wilkes-Barre is a borough in the county of Luzerne in Pennsylvania, which is in the United States.

It was founded in 1769, by colonists and the city grew at an increased rate in the 19th century after they discovered the coal reserves that were available to them. Mining coal lead to industrialization in the city. Situated at the center of the Wyoming Valley, Wilkes-Barre is surrounded by the Pocono mountains, the endless mountains, and the Lehigh Valley.

There is a river called the Susquehanna River that flows down the valley. The results of the World War caused the economy of the city to decline. It was long established as the Anthracite Capital of the world, and it has a diversified economy that is proud to boast of its range of industries.


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Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania Population demographics

The estimated population in Wilkes-Barre is 40,806 according to the US census estimates. It is the 13th largest city in Pennsylvania with a population density of 5845.93 people square kilometer. The average median age of the population in Wilkes-Barre is 33.8 years. The average age of males is 31.3 years and females is 37.3 years. There are 96.1 males for every 100 women in Wilkes-Barre. The annual growth rate of the population in Wilkes Barre has decreased from 41,487 in 2010 to 40,806 in 2017 at the rate of 0.19%.

 Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania Crime and Arrest Statistics

With an average of 46 crimes per one thousand residents, Wilkes-Barre is not among the cities with the highest crime rates. In Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, the crimes that people are most likely to get convicted for are Larceny-Theft, Property Crimes or Violent Crimes.


Here are the crime statistics in detail, from Wilkes-Barre:

1. Aggravated Assault
The attempt to injure another person with clear intention and no value for human life decreased in State College by from 61 in 2007 to 63 in 2014.


2. Burglary
It is an unlawful act where one steals from another with an intent to gain monetary rewards. The crime rate had decreased in since 2007 from 373 to 348 in 2014. 

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3. Forcible Rape
In Wilkes-Barre, the crime rate of forcible rape has increased in 2016, from 19 in 2007 to 22.


4. Larceny-theft
The act of unlawfully possessing an asset that belongs to another person is larceny-theft. In Wilkes-Barre, the crime rate has decreased from 1,194 to 1,037 in 2007 and 2014 respectively.


5. Motor Vehicle Theft
The crime rate has dropped by in Wilkes-Barre, from 116 in 2007 to 64 in 2014.


6. Sex Offenders
There were 64 registered sex offenders in Wilkes-Barre, according to the research done by city-data as of December 13, 2018. The ratio of the number of residents to the number of sex offenders in this city is 635 to 1.

The number of reported crimes in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania is shown for comparison purposes, and each offense is displayed based on the number of crimes per 100,000 people.

The statistics show that the overall crime rate in Wilkes-Barre is 70% higher than the Pennsylvania Average which is 22% higher than the national average. Regarding the rate of violent crime in Wilkes-Barre, the rate is 98% higher than the Pennsylvania average, and the rate of property crimes in Wilkes-Barre is 62% higher than the Pennsylvania Average. Your chances of becoming a victim to Property crimes in Wilkes-Barre is one in 26 and chances of becoming a victim to violent crimes is one in 139.

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