Luzerne County, PA

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2020 Population
317,547
0.0365% 1-year decline
US Senator
Bob Casey Jr.
Democratic Party
US Senator
Pat Toomey
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
42.7
0.234% 1-year decrease
2020 Poverty Rate
14.6%
0.828% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$53,194
0.522% 1-year decline
2020 Median Property Value
$129,600
2.05% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
150,945
0.555% 1-year decline

About

In 2020, Luzerne County, PA had a population of 318k people with a median age of 42.7 and a median household income of $53,194. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Luzerne County, PA declined from 317,663 to 317,547, a −0.0365% decrease and its median household income declined from $53,473 to $53,194, a −0.522% decrease.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Luzerne County, PA are White (Non-Hispanic) (80.3%), White (Hispanic) (5.76%), Other (Hispanic) (4.07%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (3.85%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (1.66%).

None of the households in Luzerne County, PA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

96.4% of the residents in Luzerne County, PA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Luzerne County, PA are Wilkes University (1,562 degrees awarded in 2020), Misericordia University (715 degrees), and Luzerne County Community College (638 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Luzerne County, PA was $129,600, and the homeownership rate was 68%.

Most people in Luzerne County, PA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 23.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Luzerne County, PA was 2 cars per household.

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geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Luzerne County, PA is home to a population of 318k people, from which 96.4% are citizens. As of 2018, 6.38% of Luzerne County, PA residents were born outside of the country (20.3k people).

In 2020, there were 13.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (255k people) in Luzerne County, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 18.3k White (Hispanic) and 12.9k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

96.4%
2020 Citizenship
96.4%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 96.4% of Luzerne County, PA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Luzerne County, PA was 96.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Luzerne County, PA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    255k ± 199
  2. White (Hispanic)
    18.3k ± 1.31k
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    12.9k ± 1.39k
12.9%
Hispanic Population
41.1k people

In 2020, there were 13.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (255k people) in Luzerne County, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 18.3k White (Hispanic) and 12.9k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

12.9% of the people in Luzerne County, PA are hispanic (41.1k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Luzerne County, PA as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. India
    92,750 ± 7,450 people
  2. Dominican Republic
    72,397 ± 6,587 people
  3. China
    65,642 ± 6,274 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Pennsylvania was India, the natal country of 92,750 Pennsylvania residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 72,397 and China with 65,642.

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Foreign-Born Population

6.38%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
20.3k people
6.03%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
19.2k people

As of 2018, 6.38% of Luzerne County, PA residents (20.3k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Luzerne County, PA was 6.03%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    7,630 ± 516
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    3,061 ± 384
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    2,390 ± 356

Luzerne County, PA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.49 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Luzerne County, PA employs 151k people. The largest industries in Luzerne County, PA are Health Care & Social Assistance (24,578 people), Manufacturing (20,765 people), and Retail Trade (18,942 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($69,102), Public Administration ($53,680), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($49,201).

Males in Pennsylvania have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $54,196. The income inequality in Pennsylvania (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

151k
2020 Value
± 2,832
−0.555%
1 Year decline
± 2.47%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Luzerne County, PA declined at a rate of −0.555%, from 152k employees to 151k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Luzerne County, PA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (20,511 people), Production Occupations (13,351 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (13,058 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Luzerne County, PA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

151k
2020 Value
± 2,832
−0.555%
1 Year decline
± 2.47%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Luzerne County, PA declined at a rate of −0.555%, from 152k employees to 151k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Luzerne County, PA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (24,578 people), Manufacturing (20,765 people), and Retail Trade (18,942 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Luzerne County, PA, though some of these residents may live in Luzerne County, PA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$42,107
Median earning men ± $848
$30,642
Median earning women ± $567

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($57,500), Information ($57,442), and Public Administration ($56,563).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Public Administration ($47,333), Construction ($40,042), and Wholesale Trade ($39,342).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Pennsylvania. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Pennsylvania.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 3,156
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 1,659
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 1,510
    Retail Trade

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $3.6M
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. $3.29M
    Manufacturing
  3. $992k
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Pennsylvania to other states, or from other states to Pennsylvania.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $110B
  2. $74.2B
  3. $44.2B

In 2020, the top outbound Pennsylvania product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $110B, followed by Mixed freight ($74.2B) and Electronics ($44.2B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Pennsylvania products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$734B
2020 Value in Pennsylvania
$1.46T
Projected 2050 Value in Pennsylvania
99.3% growth

In 2020, total outbound Pennsylvania trade was $734B. This is expected to increase 99.3% to $1.46T by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Pennsylvania trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Pennsylvania to other states, or from other states to Pennsylvania.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $73.5B
  2. $71.1B
  3. $36.8B

In 2020, the top outbound Pennsylvania domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New Jersey with $73.5B, followed by New York with $71.1B and Ohio and $36.8B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Pennsylvania shares with each state (excluding itself).

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In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Luzerne County, PA went to Donald J. Trump with 56.7% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (42.3%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.991%).

Bob Casey Jr. and Pat Toomey are the senators currently representing the state of Pennsylvania. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Pennsylvania is currently represented by 18 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Pennsylvania

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Bob Casey Jr.
Senator from Pennsylvania1
Assumed office on January 3, 2007
Pat Toomey
Senator from Pennsylvania3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011

Bob Casey Jr. and Pat Toomey are the senators currently representing Pennsylvania.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is currently represented by 18 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Pennsylvania have changed over time starting in 2008.

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In 2020, universities in Luzerne County, PA awarded 3,966 degrees. The student population of Luzerne County, PA in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 5,286 male students and 9,115 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Luzerne County, PA are White (3,079 and 79.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (269 and 6.95%), Unknown (173 and 4.47%), and Black or African American (171 and 4.42%).

The largest universities in Luzerne County, PA by number of degrees awarded are Wilkes University (1,562 and 39.4%), Misericordia University (715 and 18%), and Luzerne County Community College (638 and 16.1%).

The most popular majors in Luzerne County, PA are Registered Nursing (407 and 10.3%), General Business Administration & Management (230 and 5.8%), and Other Teacher Education & Professional Development (179 and 4.51%).

The median tuition cost in Luzerne County, PA for private four year colleges is $36,888.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

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In 2020 in Luzerne County, PA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 87.1%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 17.4%. The number of students enrolled in 2020 was 14,401 (36.7% men and 63.3% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2020 there were 14,401 students enrolled in Luzerne County, PA, 36.7% men and 63.3% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 10,432 records, of which 64.1% were women and 35.9% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 147 degree-majors awarded
  2. 88 degree-majors awarded
  3. 152 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Luzerne County, PA was General Business Administration & Management with 147 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Luzerne County, PA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,562 degrees awarded
  2. 715 degrees awarded
  3. 638 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Wilkes University with 1,562 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2020, 1,381 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Luzerne County, PA, which is 0.534 times less than the 2,585 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 3,079 degrees mean that there were 11.4 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 269 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($36,888) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Public, 2-year ($1,980) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Public, 2-year ($2,000) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.658% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.701% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were High School or Equivalent (3.5M), Bachelors Degree (1.89M), and Some college (1.84M).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Luzerne County, PA was $129,600 in 2020, which is 0.564 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $127,000 to $129,600, a 2.05% increase. The homeownership rate in Luzerne County, PA is 68%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Luzerne County, PA have an average commute time of 23.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Luzerne County, PA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Luzerne County, PA is $53,194. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Luzerne County, PA was Census Tract 2113.01 with a value of $101,250, followed by Census Tract 2155.03 and Census Tract 2112.04, with respective values of $97,250 and $89,942.

In 2021, 13.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Luzerne County, PA. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 0.248%.

Property

$129,600
Median Property Value 2020
±$2,787
$88,467
Median Property Taxes
±$1,879

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Luzerne County, PA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

68%
Homeownership
2020
60.2%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 68% of the housing units in Luzerne County, PA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 68%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 2113.01
  2. Census Tract 2155.03
  3. Census Tract 2112.04

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Luzerne County, PA was Census Tract 2113.01 with a value of $101,250, followed by Census Tract 2155.03 and Census Tract 2112.04, with respective values of $97,250 and $89,942.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Luzerne County, PA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$53,194
Median Household Income
± $1,139
130k
Number of Households
± 2,503

In 2020, the median household income of the 130k households in Luzerne County, PA declined from $53,194 from the previous year's value of $53,473.

The following chart displays the households in Luzerne County, PA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Luzerne County, PA is from Pennsylvania.
0.466
2020 Wage GINI in Pennsylvania
0.469
2019 Wage GINI in Pennsylvania

In 2020, the income inequality in Pennsylvania was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.614% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Pennsylvania was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Pennsylvania in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (79.8%)
  2. Carpooled (10.2%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.34%)

In 2020, 79.8% of workers in Luzerne County, PA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.2%) and those who worked at home (5.34%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

23.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Luzerne County, PA have a shorter commute time (23.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 2.64% of the workforce in Luzerne County, PA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Luzerne County, PA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Luzerne County, PA have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2021, 13.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Luzerne County, PA. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 0.248%.

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Poverty & Diversity

14.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Luzerne County, PA (44.7k out of 306k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 6 - 11 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Luzerne County, PA is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2021, 24.6% of the children was living in poverty in Luzerne County, PA. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 2.1%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2021, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 264 in Luzerne County, PA. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 24 per 100,000 population.

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pulseHealth

94.6% of the population of Luzerne County, PA has health coverage, with 46.9% on employee plans, 19.3% on Medicaid, 15.1% on Medicare, 12.5% on non-group plans, and 0.932% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Pennsylvania was $9,258 in 2014. This is a 4.29% increase from the previous year ($8,877).

Primary care physicians in Luzerne County, PA see 1260 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.316% decrease from the previous year (1264 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1476 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 923 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.8% were men and 52.2% were women.

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Pennsylvania, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,260 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Luzerne County, PA

Primary care physicians in Luzerne County, PA see an average of 1,260 patients per year. This represents a 0.316% decrease from the previous year (1,264 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Luzerne County, PA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Pennsylvania across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 21.6% under 18 years, 20% between 18 and 34 years, 39.1% between 35 and 64 years, and 19.3% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.8% were men and 52.2% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

5.36%
Uninsured
46.9%
Employer Coverage
19.3%
Medicaid
15.1%
Medicare
12.5%
Non-Group
0.932%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Luzerne County, PA grew by 6.71% from 5.02% to 5.36%.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2021, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 48.5 in Luzerne County, PA.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 32.9% in Luzerne County, PA.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 6.46% in Luzerne County, PA.

The graphic shows the trend of the indicator in Luzerne County, PA.

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