Wilkes University is nestled in Northeast Pennsylvania, just above the Pocono Mountains in the city of Wilkes-Barre. Wilkes-Barre is the county seat of Luzerne County, and has a population of about 50,000 people. Wilkes University is not the only college in the Wyoming Valley. King's College is located a few blocks away. College Misericordia and Penn State Wilkes-Barre are located in Dallas, in the Back Mountain area. Also, Luzerne County Community College is in neighboring Nanticoke. Aside from drinking (covered in another section), there is much to do when it comes to arts and entertainment. There are large and small venues, and the theater-type venues bring musicals, plays, comedians and other events aside from concerts. Skiing, camping, hiking, and boating are just 20 minutes away. For sports fans, there is hockey (the Penguins), baseball (the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Yankees), and football (the Pioneers).
Even though Public Square and the rest of downtown is growing again, after business hours it is still mostly a ghost town. There are often bums, drug dealers, prostitutes, and other riff-raff that hang around the streets of downtown. Many would advise not going downtown alone after dark. Crime has been a focus of the new administration, and the local papers are seeing more arrests than ever-a very good thing. As well, the addition of a new movie theater and street lights has lit up Main Street a bit more and made the area feel safer. Nonetheless, there are still reports of petty to violent crimes occurring in the areas just off campus.