City of Wilkes-Barre

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Wilkes-Barre, located in the historic Wyoming Valley, Pennsylvania, is the county seat of Luzerne County and the center of 30 contiguous municipalities, which as Greater Wilkes-Barre, comprise the cultural, social and economic metropolis of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Fronting on the beautiful Susquehanna River, which flows through the Wyoming Valley, Wilkes-Barre lies 552.5 feet above sea level. The Valley itself is a natural cup of some eleven and one-half square miles, rimmed by the slopes of the surrounding mountains.

Wilkes-Barre was settled in 1769 by colonists from New England under the leadership of Major John Durkee, and named after Colonel John Wilkes and Colonel Isaac Barre, defenders of American colonies in British Parliament. It was incorporated as a Borough on March 17, 1806; as a city on May 4, 1871. The City adopted the Home Rule form of government on January 1, 1976 and is operating under this form today. It consists of a Mayor and five (5) Members of Council.

Wilkes-Barre, which was long established as the Anthracite Capital of the World, has diversified its economy and now boasts a variety of industries.

The city has four high schools and two 4-year colleges, King’s College, and Wilkes University, with day and evening enrollment offering degrees in varied fields. Wilkes-Barre maintains a splendid public library within ready access to the Luzerne County Historical Society museum.


Address City of Wilkes-Barre
City Hall
40 East Market Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
Phone 570-208-4158
Fax 570-208-4101
E-mail N/A
Population 43,000
Square Miles 7.27
Name of Mayor Thomas M. Leighton
Congressional District 111th
Legislative District 14th, PA State Senate; 121st State Representative
Type of Government Mayor and Council
School District Wilkes-Barre Area
Phone: 570-826-7131
Public Library Osterhout Free Library
Phone: 570-823-0156
Range of Housing costs Varies/Reasonable


Cable Service Electric Cable TV, Inc.
Phone: 570-825-8508
Gas PG Energy
Phone: 570-829-8600
Electric PPL Utilities
Phone: 570-342-5775
Water Pennsylvania-American Water Company
Phone: 800-565-7292
Waste Removal Wilkes-Barre Dept. of Public Works
Phone: 570-208-4240
Last Updated: 11/14/08 10:27:54
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