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Overview

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 is part of the Allentown - Bethlehem - Easton metro area.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population11,363
Male Share of the Population47.1%
Female Share of the Population52.9%
Senior Citizens17%
Employed Population 16+6,136
Age of the Population42

Families

% of people married49.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher32.1%
Median Earnings25+$40,589
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,083
Median Earnings With High School Degree$33,829

Wealth

Median Family Income$71,134
% Above Poverty Level92.7%
% Below Poverty Level7.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.1%
% Using Public Transportation0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone35.6%
Median Gross Rent$960
Median House Value$175,000

Ancestry

Irish14.5%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)13.4%
Italian11.8%
English8%
Polish5.6%
Slovak5.1%
German4.3%
Dutch3.4%
French Except Basque3.3%
Hungarian2.2%
Welsh2.1%
Ukrainian1.7%
Austrian1.5%
Scottish1.2%
Swedish1.2%
Canadian0.7%
Lithuanian0.6%
Danishn0.5%
Russian0.5%
Swiss0.5%
Norwegian0.4%
Czech0.3%
Arab0.3%
Syrian0.3%
African0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Bulgarian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Greek0.1%
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Emmaus Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lehigh County
Standard Zip Codes18049
Company Zip Codes18098, 18099
Phone Area Codes484,610
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.53
Approximate Longitude-75.49

Emmaus 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
Distance8 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
Distance11.6 miles
Jan Temp17 to 36 F
Apr Temp37 to 60 F
Jul Temp59 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 63 F
Annual Precip46 inches
StationBUCKSVILLE
Distance15.9 miles
Jan Temp20 to 37 F
Apr Temp39 to 62 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp42 to 65 F
Annual Precip49.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Alburtis2,454$76,250
Allentown119,624$40,420
Catasauqua6,509$60,423
Coopersburg2,402$73,879
Macungie3,115$73,810
Whitehall13,873$73,393

Emmaus Public Libraries

Emmaus Public Library
11 EAST MAIN ST
Emmaus, Pennsylvania
(610) 965-9284

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Emmaus Public Schools

Emmaus Hs
500 Macungie Ave
ZIP: 18049
(610) 965-1651
High
Total Enrollment 2645
Jefferson El Sch
520 Elm St
ZIP: 18049
(610) 965-1644
Primary
Total Enrollment 258
Lincoln El Sch
233 Seem St
ZIP: 18049
(610) 965-1636
Primary
Total Enrollment 413
Seven Generations Charter School
154 East Minor Street
ZIP: 18049
(610) 421-8844
Primary
Total Enrollment 392

Emmaus Private Schools

Discovery Preschool
225 North St
ZIP: 18049
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
Emmaus Baptist Academy
4702 Colebrook Ave
ZIP: 18049
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 40
Hildebrandt Learning Center
420 S 10th St
ZIP: 18049
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
Premier Child Care Center
3853 Allen St
ZIP: 18049
Elementary
Total Enrollment 14
St Ann Elementary School
435 S 6th St
ZIP: 18049
Elementary
Total Enrollment 265
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