Wilkes-Barre (pronounced wilkesbarra or wilkesbarry) is a city in Northeastern Pennsylvania 15 miles south of Scranton.  It is the county seat of Luzerne County and the center of the Wyoming Valley.

According to Wikipedia, it was founded in 1769 and formally incorporated in 1806. It has an estimated population of 43,123, according to the 2000 census, and is one of the two cities of the Scranton-Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area which has an estimated 2007 population of 549,430.

Wilkes-Barre and surrounding Wyoming Valley are framed by the Pocono Mountains to the east, the Endless Mountains to the west and the Lehigh Valley to the south. The Susquehanna River flows through the center of the valley and defines the northwestern border of the city.


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