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Encyclopedia > Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
Seal of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Luzerne County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded September 25, 1786
Seat Wilkes-Barre
Largest city Wilkes-Barre
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

907 sq mi (2,349 km²)
891 sq mi (2,308 km²)
16 sq mi (41 km²), 1.80%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

319,250
357/sq mi (138/km²)
Website: www.luzernecounty.org

Luzerne County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. It is located in the northern Anthracite area called "The Coal Region". As of the 2000 census, the population was 319,250. Its county seat is Wilkes-Barre6. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Map_of_Pennsylvania_highlighting_Luzerne_County. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Image File history File links Map_of_USA_PA.svg‎ File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Pennsylvania ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Wilkes-Barre (IPA: , , or [1]) is the central city of the Wyoming Valley and county seat of Luzerne County in northeastern Pennsylvania. ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... 2000 US Census logo The Twenty-Second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... Population density per square kilometre by country, 2006 Population density map of the world in 1994. ... A county is generally a sub-unit of regional self-government within a sovereign jurisdiction. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      A U.S. state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Anthracite coal Anthracite (Greek Ανθρακίτης, literally a form of coal, from Anthrax [Άνθραξ], coal) is a hard, compact variety of mineral coal that has a high luster. ... Counties of the Coal Region of Pennsylvania, known for anthracite mining. ... 2000 US Census logo The Twenty-Second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Wilkes-Barre (IPA: , , or [1]) is the central city of the Wyoming Valley and county seat of Luzerne County in northeastern Pennsylvania. ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ...

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History

Luzerne County was formed in 1786 from part of Northumberland County. Luzerne is infamous for being the last county whose sheriff legally formed a posse to restore order in a time of civil unrest. In 1897, Sheriff James Martin's posse fired on a group of unarmed miners in what is known as the Lattimer Massacre. Northumberland County is a county located in the state of Pennsylvania. ... In common law, posse comitatus (Latin, county force, meaning a sort of local militia) referred to the authority wielded by the county sheriff to conscript any able-bodied male over the age of fifteen to assist him in keeping the peace or to pursue and arrest a felon; compare hue... Civil disorder is a broad term that is typically used by law enforcement to describe one or more forms of disturbance. ... The Lattimer massacre was an incident in which a sheriffs posse killed nineteen unarmed immigrant miners and wounded scores more. ...


The Luzerne County Historical Society maintains the storehouse for the collective memory of Luzerne County and its environs. It records and interprets the history, traditions, events, people and cultures that have directed and molded life within the region.[1] The organization was originally named, Wyoming Historical and Geological Society and founded on February 11, 1858, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the first successful burning of anthracite coal by Jesse Fell. ...


Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 907 square miles (2,349 km²), of which, 891 square miles (2,307 km²) of it is land and 16 square miles (42 km²) of it (1.80%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ...


Adjacent counties

Wyoming County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. ... Lackawanna County is a county located in the state of Pennsylvania. ... Monroe County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, named for President James Monroe. ... Carbon County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. ... Schuylkill County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania on the Schuylkill River. ... Columbia County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. ... Sullivan County is a county located in the state of Pennsylvania. ...

Demographics

Luzerne County is the only county in the United States where a plurality of residents state their ancestry as Polish
Luzerne County is the only county in the United States where a plurality of residents state their ancestry as Polish

As of the census² of 2000, there were 319,250 people, 130,687 households, and 84,293 families residing in the county. The population density was 358 people per square mile (138/km²). There were 144,686 housing units at an average density of 162 per square mile (63/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.63% White, 1.69% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. 1.16% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 22.2% were of Polish, 15.6% Italian, 13.8% Irish, 12.1% German and 5.3% Slovak ancestry according to Census 2000. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (3766x2820, 1311 KB) A chart of the top ancestries in the US, as provided by the 2000 census. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (3766x2820, 1311 KB) A chart of the top ancestries in the US, as provided by the 2000 census. ... For the use of the term in political theory, see Pluralism (political theory). ... Kinship and descent is one of the major concepts of cultural anthropology. ... Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... 2000 US Census logo The Twenty-Second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... You may also be looking for the plural of the word pole. ... Languages Italian, Sicilian, Neapolitan, Corsican, Sardinian, Emiliano-Romagnolo, Ligurian, Lombard, Piedmontese, Venetian, Ladin, Friulian Religions predominantly Roman Catholic      The Italians are a Southern European ethnic group found primarily in Italy and in a wide-ranging diaspora throughout Western Europe, the Americas and Australia. ... A stereotypical German The Germans (German: die Deutschen), or the German people, are a nation in the meaning an ethnos (in German: Volk), defined more by a sense of sharing a common German culture and having a German mother tongue, than by citizenship or by being subjects to any particular... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... The United States 2000 Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ...


There were 130,687 households out of which 26.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.80% were married couples living together, 11.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.50% were non-families. 31.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.95. Matrimony redirects here. ...


In the county, the population was spread out with 21.00% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 27.20% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, and 19.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 93.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.50 males.


Luzerne Country is the only county in the United States with a plurality of citizens reporting Polish as their primary ancestry; the majority of Pennsylvanians report German or Pennsylvania Dutch. The Pennsylvania Dutch (perhaps more strictly Pennsylvania Deitsch or Pennsylvanian German) are the descendants of German immigrants who came to Pennsylvania prior to 1800. ...


Politics

Luzerne County Courthouse
Luzerne County Courthouse

As of November 2007, there are 173,368 registered voters in Luzerne County [2]. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...

Luzerne County is represented by three County Commissioners.[3] Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... GOP redirects here. ...

  • Gregory A. Skrepenak, Democrat
  • Maryanne C. Petrilla (First female Commissioner Chairperson in Luzerne County's History), Democrat
  • Stephen A. Urban, Republican

United States House of Representatives Greg Skrepenak (born January 31, 1970 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) is a former professional American football player who played offensive lineman for five seasons for the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders and Carolina Panthers. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... GOP redirects here. ... Type Bicameral Speaker of the House of Representatives House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D) since January 4, 2007 Steny Hoyer, (D) since January 4, 2007 House Minority Leader John Boehner, (R) since January 4, 2007 Members 435 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party...

Pennsylvania State Senate Christopher P. Chris Carney (born March 2, 1959) is Congressman-elect for the United States House of Representatives, representing the 10th Congressional District of Pennsylvania. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... Pennsylvanias 10th congressional district has been represented by Republican Don Sherwood since 1999. ... Paul E. Kanjorski (b. ... Pennsylvanias 11th congressional district is an immensely safe seat for the Democrats. ... The Pennsylvania State Senate is the upper house of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, the legislative branch of Pennsylvania government. ...

  • Raphael Musto, Democrat, Pennsylvania's 14th Senatorial District
  • Lisa Baker, Republican, Pennsylvania's 10th Senatorial District
  • Robert Mellow, Democrat, Pennsylvania's 24th Senatorial District

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... GOP redirects here. ... The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is the lower house of the bicameral Pennsylvania General Assembly, the legislature of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. ...

  • Jim Wansacz, Democrat, Pennsylvania's 114th Representative District
  • Todd Eachus, Democrat, Pennsylvania's 116th Representative District
  • Karen Boback, Republican, Pennsylvania's 117st Representative District
  • Mike Carroll, Democrat, Pennsylvania's 118th Representative District
  • John Yudichak, Democrat, Pennsylvania's 119th Representative District
  • Phyllis Mundy, Democrat, Pennsylvania's 120th Representative District
  • Eddie Day Pashinski, Democrat, Pennsylvania's 121st Representative District

Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... GOP redirects here. ...

Municipalities

Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels showing Cities and Boroughs (red), Townships (white), and Census-designated places (blue).
Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels showing Cities and Boroughs (red), Townships (white), and Census-designated places (blue).

Under Pennsylvania law, there are four types of incorporated municipalities: cities, boroughs, townships, and, in at most two cases, towns. The following cities, boroughs and townships are located in Luzerne County: Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... List of cities in Pennsylvania, arranged in alphabetical order. ... List of towns and boroughs in Pennsylvania, arranged in alphabetical order. ... List of towns and boroughs in Pennsylvania, arranged in alphabetical order. ...


Cities

For other places with the same name, see Hazleton (disambiguation). ... Nanticoke is a city in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Pittston (properly pronounced pits-ton) is a city in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania between Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. ... Wilkes-Barre (IPA: , , or [1]) is the central city of the Wyoming Valley and county seat of Luzerne County in northeastern Pennsylvania. ...

Boroughs

Ashley is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, one mile (2 km) from Wilkes Barre. ... Avoca is a borough located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, ten miles (16 km) northeast of Wilkes Barre and nine miles (15 km) southwest of Scranton. ... Bear Creek Village is a borough located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Conyngham is a borough located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Courtdale is a borough located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Dallas is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA. The population was 2,557 at the 2000 census. ... Dupont is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania which neighbors the city of Wilkes-Barre. ... Duryea is a borough located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Edwardsville is a borough located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Exeter is a borough located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Forty Fort is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Freeland is a borough located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, 18 miles (29 km) south of Wilkes Barre, and 10 miles northeast of Hazleton. ... Harveys Lake is a borough located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania in the United States. ... Hughestown is a borough located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Jeddo is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Kingston is a municipality in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, on the Susquehanna River, opposite Wilkes Barre. ... Laflin is a borough located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Larksville is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, two miles (three km) west of Wilkes Barre on the Susquehanna River, running through US-Route 11. ... Laurel Run is a borough located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Luzerne is a borough located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Nescopeck is a borough located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... New Columbus is a borough located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Nuangola is a borough located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Penn Lake Park is a borough of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Plymouth is a borough located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Pringle is a borough located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Shickshinny is a borough located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Sugar Notch is a borough located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Swoyersville is a borough located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Warrior Run is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... West Hazleton is a borough located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, 31 miles (50 km) south of Wilkes Barre. ... West Pittston is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, on the Susquehanna River opposite Pittston. ... West Wyoming is a borough located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... White Haven is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Wyoming is a borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, five miles (8 km) north of Wilkes Barre, on the Susquehanna River. ... Yatesville is a borough located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ...

Townships

Bear Creek Township is a township in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Black Creek Township is a township located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Buck Township is a township located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Butler Township is a township located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Conyngham Township is a township located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Dallas Township is a township in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Dennison Township is a township located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Dorrance Township is a township located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Exeter Township is a township located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Fairmount Township is a township located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Fairview Township is a township located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Foster Township is a township located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Franklin Township is a township located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Hanover Township is a township in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Hazle Township is a township located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Hollenback Township is a township located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Hunlock Township is a township located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Huntington Township is a township located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Jackson Township is a township located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania USA. As of the 2000 census, the township had a total population of 4,453. ... Jenkins Township is a township in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Kingston Township is a township located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Lake Township is a township located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Lehman Township is a township in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Nescopeck Township is a township located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Newport Township is a township located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Pittston Township is a township located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Plains Township is a township located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Plymouth Township is a township located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Rice Township is a township located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Ross Township is a township located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Salem Township is a township located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Slocum Township is a township located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Sugarloaf Township is a township located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Union Township is a township located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Wilkes-Barre Township is a township located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Wright Township is a township located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ...

Census-designated Places

Census-designated places are geographical areas designated by the U.S. Census Bureau for the purposes of compiling demographic data. They are not actual jurisdictions under Pennsylvania law. A census-designated place (CDP) is an area identified by the United States Census Bureau for statistical reporting. ... The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ...

Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania School Districts
Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Back Mountain is a census-designated place (CDP) in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... East Berwick is a census-designated place located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Glen Lyon is a census-designated place located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. ... Mountain Top is a census-designated place (CDP) in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...

Recreation

There are four Pennsylvania state parks in Luzerne County. This is a list of state parks in Pennsylvania. ...

Frances Slocum State Park is a 1,035 acre (4. ... Lehigh Gorge State Park PA State Park Page Category: ... Nescopeck State Park is a Pennsylvania State Park on in Butler Township and Dennison Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania in the United States. ... Bald Eagle at Lake Jean Ricketts Glen State Park near Benton, Pennsylvania is a 13,050-acre (5. ...

Education

Public School Districts

  • Berwick Area School District (also in Columbia County)
  • Crestwood School District
  • Dallas School District
  • Greater Nanticoke Area School District
  • Hanover Area School District
  • Hazleton Area School District (also in Carbon and Schuylkill Counties)
  • Lake-Lehman School District (also in Wyoming County)
  • Northwest Area School District
  • Pittston Area School District
  • West Side Area Vocational Technical School WSAVTS
  • Wilkes-Barre Area School District
  • Wyoming Area School District (also in Wyoming County)
  • Wyoming Valley West School District

199. ... The Hanover Area School District, located in Wyoming Valley, comprises Hanover Township and the boroughs of Warrior Run, Sugar Notch, and Ashley in Pennsylvania. ... Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania School Districts with the Pittson Area School District in green in the north-eastern part of the county Pittston Area School District (PASD) is a school district in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania in the United States. ... Wyoming Area School District The Wyoming Area School District lies along the banks of the Susquehanna River in the Wyoming Valley in northeastern Pennsylvania. ... The Wyoming Valley West School District is a school district in the Wyoming Valley, Pennsylvania. ...

See also

  • USS Luzerne County (LST-902)
  • Polonia

The USS Luzerne County (LST-902) was one of 612 LST-542-class tank landing ships (LSTs) built for the United States Navy during World War II. Named after Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, she was the only U.S. Naval vessel to bear the name. ... For other uses, see Polonia (disambiguation). ...

External links

Coordinates: 41°11′N 75°59′W / 41.18, -75.99 Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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