Part of the industrial community of northeastern Pennsylvania, the city of Wilkes-Barre is quickly becoming one of the fastest-growing communities in the state. Conveniently located in the heart of the tri-state area with easy access to major metropolises like New York City and Philadelphia, many people who live in Wilkes-Barre apartments for rent enjoy having both a small-town atmosphere and big-city amenities nearby. With many historic buildings, a wide variety of shopping and dining options and excellent schools, Wilkes-Barre is a family-friendly city that is growing in popularity. According to City-Data, even though the city has so much to offer, it has a cost of living index that is more than 5 points below the national average, making it a very affordable place to live.
Wilkes-Barre saw its beginnings in 1769 and was once a frontier village burned to the ground by British soldiers during the Revolutionary War. The city had a hotly-contested start, since both Connecticut and Pennsylvania wanted to claim the land around Wilkes-Barre as part of their surrounding community. Eventually the area became part of the northeastern Pennsylvania and hasn't shown any signs of slowing down since then. Over time and still today, the city has become known for developing many industrial products ranging from electronics to leather goods to perfume. The city also had became a prime location for many blue-collar workers because of its large coal deposits, expanding Wilkes-Barre's economic growth even further. Today, the city has grown into a hardworking community of more than 41,900 residents, according to 2010 U.S. Census Bureau data.
One of the city's most treasured green spaces is Kirby Park, located just across the Market Street bridge. With more than 50 acres of recreational space, residents here enjoy walking trails, fitness trails, a quiet pond and plenty of sports fields for volleyball, tennis and softball.
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