Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

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Wilkes-Barre (pronounced /ˈwɪlksbɛri/) is a city in Northeastern Pennsylvania, United States. It is the county seat of Luzerne County and the center of the Wyoming Valley. Founded in 1769 and formally incorporated in 1806, the city has an estimated population of 43,123, according to the 2000 census. Wilkes-Barre is part of the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area which has an estimated 2007 population of 549,430.[1]

Wilkes-Barre and surrounding Wyoming Valley are framed by the Pocono Mountains to the east, the Endless Mountains to the west and the Lehigh Valley to the south. The Susquehanna River flows through the center of the valley and defines the northwestern border of the city.


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