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Overview

Introduction to Allentown, Pennsylvania

Allentown, located in eastern Pennsylvania on the Lehigh River, is the third-largest city in the state. Founded in 1762 by William Allen, the city was named after him in 1838. It has traditionally been an industrial city, with its economy depending on iron and mining. As chronicled on the famous 1982 Billy Joel song, Allentown has seen the fall of these industries in recent years. Today, Allentown's economy is diversified among a wide range of products and services, including printing and publishing, food processing, chemicals, electrical and medical equipment, and furniture. Its 110,000 residents already know that Allentown is a great place to live. Located just 35 miles northwest of Philadelphia and a short drive from the Poconos, Allentown offers the comfort and amenities of a small city, with big city attractions and rural splendor both just minutes away.

Allentown Culture

Allentown's cultural attractions include the Allentown Art Museum, the Museum of Indian Culture, Haines Mill Museum and the Civic Theater of Allentown. Mayfair, a five-day multicultural arts festival held each May, is one of the largest of its kind in the country, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors. Lehigh Valley Blues Festival is a four-day event held each July just north of the city. A wide spectrum of historical and cultural attractions is available in Philadelphia to the southeast and Pennsylvania Dutch Country to the southwest.

Allentown Sports and Leisure

For the sports fan, Allentown is a stone's throw from a lot of action. Nearby Philadelphia offers 4 major league teams that all play in the same complex. The NFL's Philadelphia Eagles play at 68,500-seat Lincoln Financial Field. Baseball's Philadelphia Phillies play at brand-new, 43,000-seat Citizens Bank Park. The Wachovia Center is hosts the home games of the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers and the NBA's 76ers. Adjacent is the Spectrum, former home of the Flyers and 76ers and current home of lacrosse's Wings, hockey's Phantoms, and soccer's Kixx. For more big league teams, the Meadowlands in New Jersey (the NFL's Jets and Giants, the NBA's Nets, the NHL's Devils) and New York City (baseball's Yankees and Mets, the NBA's Knicks, the NHL's Rangers) are just over an hour away. Pennsylvania is one of the North's few hotbeds of auto racing. Nazareth Speedway, known as the "World's Fastest Mile," offers Indy Racing 15 miles away in Nazareth. Pocono Raceway, 32 miles away in Long Pond, hosts the Pocono 500 and the Pennsylvania 500 NASCAR events. Wilkes Barre, about 45 miles north, is home to the Red Barons (minor league baseball), Penguins (AHL), Pioneers (Arena Football).

Allentown Outdoors

Allentown is equally suited to those who prefer to be a part of the action, offering a myriad of recreational sites within a short distance. Nearby Beltzville State Park has nearly 3,000 acres of recreation areas around 949-acre Lake Beltzville. The lake is a favorite for fishing, with several varieties of bass, trout and perch. In the winter, it's a favorite spot for cross-country skiing and tobogganing. Blue Marsh Lake offers hiking trails, boating and fishing in the summer, and ice fishing, ice skating and sledding in the winter. Lake Nockamixon, halfway toward Philadelphia to the southeast, offers similar activities. Literally dozens of other lakes surround the area, providing great swimming, boating and fishing opportunities. The Pocono Mountains to the north provide hiking and camping. Asbury Park (NJ), famous for its beach scene and for being the hometown of Bruce Springsteen, is just 25 miles away. Atlantic City (NJ) is about 100 miles away. Skiiers will find numerous options within an hour's drive, including Bear Creek, Big Boulder, Camelback, Shawnee Mountain and Hidden Valley.

Allentown at Night

Nightlife in Allentown offers the advantages of a small city with access to an array of activities to suit all tastes. Philadelphia to the southeast offers a high concentration of college students and first-rate music, dining and entertainment options for young adults. An aspect of Allentown's nightlife that is of particular interest to males is that the city has an unusually high female population, with 109 females for every 100 males.

Demographics

People

Total Population119,624
Male Share of the Population48.3%
Female Share of the Population51.7%
Senior Citizens11.8%
Employed Population 16+48,340
Age of the Population32

Families

% of people married33.8%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher15.4%
Median Earnings25+$26,842
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,832
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,030

Wealth

Median Family Income$40,420
% Above Poverty Level73.3%
% Below Poverty Level26.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work6.3%
% Using Public Transportation5.6%

Housing

People Living Alone28.7%
Median Gross Rent$907
Median House Value$126,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)59.1%
Irish6.9%
Italian4.6%
Arab3%
German2.6%
Polish2.2%
English2.1%
Syrian1.8%
West Indian1.3%
Dutch1.2%
Slovak1.1%
French Except Basque1%
Hungarian1%
Welsh0.8%
Ukrainian0.8%
Jamaican0.8%
Austrian0.8%
African0.7%
Russian0.6%
Scottish0.4%
Lebanese0.3%
Lithuanian0.3%
Swedish0.2%
Czech0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Greek0.2%
Turkish0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
British0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
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Allentown Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lehigh County
Standard Zip Codes18101, 18102, 18103, 18104, 18109, 18195, 18106
P.O. Box Zip Codes18105
Phone Area Codes484,610
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.6
Approximate Longitude-75.47

Allentown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationALLENTOWN LEHIGH VLY AP
Distance3.6 miles
Jan Temp19 to 35 F
Apr Temp38 to 60 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp41 to 63 F
Annual Precip45.1 inches
StationRODALE RESEARCH CENTER
Distance12.5 miles
Jan Temp17 to 36 F
Apr Temp37 to 60 F
Jul Temp59 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 63 F
Annual Precip46 inches
StationBELTZVILLE DAM
Distance16.8 miles
Jan Temp14 to 34 F
Apr Temp35 to 59 F
Jul Temp58 to 83 F
Oct Temp37 to 63 F
Annual Precip49.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bethlehem75,110$59,108
Catasauqua6,509$60,423
Coplay3,232$65,833
Emmaus11,363$71,134

Allentown Public Libraries

Allentown Public Library
1210 HAMILTON ST
Allentown, Pennsylvania
(610) 820-2400
Parkland Community Library
4422 WALBERT AVENUE
Allentown, Pennsylvania
(610) 398-1333

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Allentown Hospitals

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital
(Non-profit)
850 South 5th Street
(610) 776-3299
Lehigh Valley Hospital-17th St
1637 W Chew St
(610) 402-8000
Sacred Heart Hospital
(Non-profit)
421 Chew Street
(610) 776-4500
Surgical Specialty Center At Coordinated Health
(Proprietary)
1503 Cedar Crest Boulevard
(610) 871-9110
Lehigh Valley Hospital
(Non-profit)
Cedar Crest Blvd & I-78 Po Box 689
(610) 402-8000
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Allentown Public Schools

Springhouse Ms
1200 Springhouse Rd
(610) 351-5700
Middle
Total Enrollment 1145
Parkland Shs
2700 North Cedar Crest Blvd
(610) 351-5600
High
Total Enrollment 3109
Salisbury Shs
500 East Montgomery St
(610) 791-3641
High
Total Enrollment 553
Salisbury Ms
3301 Devonshire Rd
(610) 791-0830
Middle
Total Enrollment 404
Roberto Clemente Cs
136 South 4th St
(610) 439-5181
Other
Total Enrollment 316
Jefferson El Sch
750 Saint John St
(484) 765-4421
Primary
Total Enrollment 693
Muhlenberg El Sch
740 North 21st St
(484) 765-4861
Primary
Total Enrollment 533
Trexler Ms
851 North 15th St
(484) 765-4601
Middle
Total Enrollment 954
Midway Manor Early Chld Ctr
2020 East Pennsylvania St
(484) 765-5681
Hiram W Dodd El Sch
1944 South Church St
(484) 765-4501
Primary
Total Enrollment 670
Jackson El Sch
517 North 15th St
(484) 765-4841
Primary
Lehigh Park El Sch
1708 Coronado St
(484) 765-4441
Primary
Total Enrollment 319
Mckinley El Sch
1124 West Turner St
(484) 765-5461
Primary
Total Enrollment 326
Mosser El Sch
129 South Dauphin St
(484) 765-5881
Primary
Total Enrollment 839
Ritter El Sch
740 North Plymouth St
(484) 765-5661
Primary
Total Enrollment 530
Roosevelt El Sch
210 West Susquehanna St
(484) 765-4461
Primary
Total Enrollment 787
Union Terrace El Sch
1939 West Union St
(484) 765-5481
Primary
Total Enrollment 751
Washington El Sch
837 North 9th St
(484) 765-4941
Primary
Total Enrollment 529
Central El Sch
829 West Turner St
(484) 765-4801
Primary
Total Enrollment 659
Harrison-morton Ms
137 North 2nd St
(484) 765-5701
Middle
Total Enrollment 898
Francis D Raub Ms
102 South Saint Cloud St
(484) 765-5301
Middle
Total Enrollment 874
South Mountain Ms
709 West Emmaus Ave
(484) 765-4301
Middle
Total Enrollment 1129
William Allen Hs
126 North 17th St
(484) 765-5001
High
Total Enrollment 2842
Louis E Dieruff Hs
815 North Irving St
(484) 765-5501
High
Total Enrollment 1783
Sheridan El Sch
521 North 2nd St
(484) 765-4881
Primary
Total Enrollment 688
Cetronia Sch
3635 Broadway
(610) 351-5860
Primary
Total Enrollment 561
Parkway Manor Sch
768 Parkway Rd
(610) 351-5850
Primary
Total Enrollment 511
Kratzer Sch
2200 Huckleberry Rd
(610) 351-5820
Primary
Total Enrollment 383
Harry S Truman El Sch
1400 Gaskill Ave
(610) 791-2800
Primary
Total Enrollment 422
Cleveland El Sch
424 North 9th St
(484) 765-4821
Primary
Total Enrollment 351
Lincoln Early Chld Ctr
1402 West Walnut St
(484) 765-5441
Primary
Total Enrollment 265
Western Salisbury El Sch
3201 Devonshire Rd
(610) 797-1688
Primary
Total Enrollment 229
Lincoln Leadership Academy Charter School
1414 East Cedar St
(484) 860-3300
Other
Total Enrollment 364
Luis A. Ramos El Sch
1424 West Allen St
Primary
Total Enrollment 848
Arts Academy Cs
1610 East Emmaus Ave
(610) 351-0234
Middle
Total Enrollment 369

Allentown Private Schools

Jewish Day School Of The Lehigh Valley
2313 W Pennsylvania St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 71
St Thomas More School
1040 Flexer Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 618
St John Vianney Regional School
210 N 18th St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 367
Lehigh Christian Academy
1151 S Cedar Crest Blvd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 241
Little People Country Club
357 S Route 100
Elementary
Total Enrollment 2
Life Academy
855 N Maxwell St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 66
Grace Montessori School
814 W Linden St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 31
The Cuddle Zone Learning Center
445 Allentown Dr
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
Lifespan School & Daycare
1651 N Cedar Crest Blvd Ste 103
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
Jewish Community Center Kindergarten
702 N 22nd St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
Our Lady Help Of Christians School
934 Hanover Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 158
Sacred Heart School
325 N 4th St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 290
Central Catholic High School
301 N 4th St
Secondary
Total Enrollment 766
Datzyk Montessori School
3300 Broadway
Elementary
Total Enrollment 24
Swain School
1100 S 24th St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 253
Little People Daycare School
2310 S 12th St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 4
Building Blocks Learning Center
6750 Iroquois Trl
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
New Story School
7462 Penn Dr
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 48
Devine School
1255 S Cedar Crest Blvd Ste 2300
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
A Childrens Place Learning Center
719 Roble Rd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 14
Divine Learning Center Academy
916 Turner St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 22
The Devine School
740 N Brookside Rd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
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