Introduction to Emmaus, Pennsylvania

Emmaus, Pennsylvania is 4 miles S of Allentown, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 44 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is in Lehigh county. The town, which is part of the Allentown - Bethlehem - Easton metro area, has a population of 11,313.

Emmaus History

The community of Emmaus was settled in the 1740s, and officially founded in 1759. Until the mid-1800s, it was a closed Moravian community, and all the residents were members of the Moravian church. The place was named after the biblical village of Emmaus, which is now within the territory of Israel. However, the original name of the community was "Emaus", which was formally changed to "Emmaus" in the 1950s. During the 19th century, iron ore was discovered, which stimulated major industrial development. The East Pennsylvania Railroad entered in 1859, and Emmaus was officially incorporated in the same year. From the mid-19th to mid-20th century, the town was known as a producer of cast iron pipes, silk, and cigars.

Emmaus and Nearby Attractions

  • Lehigh County Museum
  • George Taylor House
  • Allentown Art Museum
  • Pool Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Nockamixon State Park
  • Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom

Things To Do In Emmaus

Historic Bethlehem, located near the town, includes the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem, the Colonial Industrial Quarter, the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, 1810 Goundie House, and the Burnside Plantation. George Taylor House, Daniel Boone Homestead, and Pearl S. Buck House are some of the historic sites in the area. Emmaus is home to several parks and recreational areas like the Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, Emmaus Community Park, and Boroline Park. Here people can enjoy various activities such as hiking, swimming, and picnicking. Exhibits in the Lehigh County Museum, Moravian Museum, Lock Ridge Furnace Museum, Moravian Pottery & Tile Works, and Allentown Art Museum reflect the area's heritage.

Emmaus Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Lehigh Valley International Airport.

Emmaus Higher Education

Colleges near Emmaus are Lehigh Carbon Community College, Penn State Lehigh Valley, Lehigh University, and Cedar Crest College.


Total Population 11,342
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 16.9%
Employed Population 16+ 6,024
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 49.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 30.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $70,008
% Above Poverty Level 91.8%
% Below Poverty Level 8.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 35.1%
Median Gross Rent $945
Median House Value $171,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12%
US/American 0.1%
English 8%
Irish 16.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Emmaus Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles S of Allentown, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 44 miles NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Lehigh
Metro Area Allentown - Bethlehem - Easton
Standard Zip Codes 18049
Company Zip Codes 18098, 18099
Phone Area Codes 610
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.539
Longitude -75.497

Emmaus Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 8 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 35 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 63 F
Annual Precip 45.1 inches
Distance 11.6 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 36 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 46 inches
Distance 15.9 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 39 to 62 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 49.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alburtis 2,411 $77,273
Allentown 119,261 $40,756
Catasauqua 6,505 $60,129
Coopersburg 2,309 $74,205
Macungie 3,111 $73,924

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Student/teacher ratio: 18.8

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