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Luzerne County, PA&

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The economy of Luzerne County, PA employs 145,663 people. The economy of Luzerne County, PA is specialized in Utilities; Transportation & Warehousing; and Manufacturing, which employ respectively 1.61; 1.42; and 1.36 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Luzerne County, PA are Healthcare & Social Assistance (23,017), Retail trade (20,953), and Manufacturing (18,718), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($62,284), Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($42,426), and Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($40,774).

Median household income in Luzerne County, PA is $46,580. Males in Luzerne County, PA have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $48,584. The income inequality of Luzerne County, PA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.472 which is lower than the national average.


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Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Luzerne County, PA. In Luzerne County, PA the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 55-64 and 55-64, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 80 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $10,731. Philadelphia County, PA has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Pennsylvania.


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Luzerne County, PA is home to a population of 316,383 people, from which 97.2% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Luzerne County, PA is composed of 263,047 White residents (83.1%), 33,781 Hispanic residents (10.7%), 11,576 Black residents (3.66%), 4,161 Two+ residents (1.32%), and 3,651 Asian residents (1.15%). The most common foreign languages in Luzerne County, PA are Spanish (20,403 speakers), Italian (1,148 speakers), and Polish (885 speakers), but compared to other places, Luzerne County, PA has a relative high number of Italian (1,148 speakers), Polish (885 speakers), and Other Slavic (484 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Luzerne County, PA awarded 4,299 degrees. The student population of Luzerne County, PA is skewed towards females, with 1,610 male students and 2,689 female students. Most students in Luzerne County, PA are White (3,650 and 84.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (186 and 4.33%), Unknown (176 and 4.09%), and Black or African American (115 and 2.68%). The largest universities in Luzerne County, PA by number of graduates are Wilkes University (1,402 and 32.6%), Luzerne County Community College (853 and 19.8%), and Misericordia University (824 and 19.2%). The most popular majors in Luzerne County, PA are General Business Administration & Management (208 and 4.84%), Registered Nursing (130 and 3.02%), and General Psychology (118 and 2.74%). The median tuition costs in Luzerne County, PA are $31,946 for private four year colleges, and $12,718 and $19,598 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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Housing & Living

The median property value in Luzerne County, PA is $123,400, which is 0.6 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $123,100 to $123,400, a 0.24% increase. The homeownership rate of Luzerne County, PA is 68.1%, which is higher than the national average of 63.1%. People in Luzerne County, PA have an average commute time of 21.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Luzerne County, PA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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