Luzerne, Pennsylvania

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Luzerne is a borough located five miles (eight km) north of Wilkes Barre in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania near the Susquehanna River. In the early years of the twentieth century, it had coal mines, a foundry, drill factories, flour and feed mills, canning factory, silk mill, etc. In 1900, 3,817 people lived here; in 1910, 5,425 people lived here; and in 1940, 7,082 people lived in Luzerne. The population was 2,952 at the 2000 census.


Luzerne is located at 41°17′2″N 75°53′34″W / 41.28389°N 75.89278°W / 41.28389; -75.89278 (41.283780, -75.892890)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,952 people, 1,410 households, and 767 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,299.3 people per square mile (1,651.8/km²). There were 1,520 housing units at an average density of 2,213.7/sq mi (850.5/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.92% White, 0.34% African American, 0.07% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.44% of the population.

There were 1,410 households out of which 20.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.7% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.6% were non-families. 40.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the borough the population was spread out with 17.6% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 23.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 88.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $27,614, and the median income for a family was $37,730. Males had a median income of $27,054 versus $21,250 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $16,217. About 6.8% of families and 11.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.5% of those under age 18 and 10.9% of those age 65 or over.


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