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Luzerne County is located in northeastern Pennsylvania. The County Seat is Wilkes-Barre and the largest city is Wilkes-Barre. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.luzernecounty.org/. The 2014 population estimate is 318,829 and the 2010 census population was 320,918. The land area is 890.33 square miles and there are 360.4 persons per square mile.
92.3% of the population is White, 4.6% is Black or African American, 8.5% is Hispanic or Latino, 1.2% is Asian, 0.4% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.5% is two or more races. 88.3% have a high school degree or higher, and 21% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $121,000, there are 130,880 households, an average of 2.36 persons per household. The per capita income is $24,793, the median household income is $44,402, and 15.6% of the persons in Luzerne County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 22,566. Retail sales (in $1000) were $5,223,747, and sales per capita were $16,746. The percentage of black-owned firms is 1%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 23.6%.
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