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Allentown, PA

Allentown is centrist with a liberal slant and has a Democratic representative in Congress
120,410
Allentown Population6
$
33,544
Median Income5
11.2
%
Unemployment Rate17
 

City Score

 

Population

Unlike most cities in the United States where the median age increased by an average of 1.0 years since 2010, the median age of Allentown decreased by 0.9 years even though the fastest growing segment, 55- to 59-year olds, grew by 21%

Age

31.8
Median Age6
3.4
%
Population Growth Since 20106

Proportion of Population by Age Group vs. United States average6

 

Race and Ethnicity

Allentown residents are mostly Hispanic/Puerto Rican and the city is becoming less diverse as the Hispanic community has grown by 40.0% since 2010, while the white community, 2nd largest in the city, has shrunk by 47.0%

Race

76.8
%
Pennsylvania Population, White6
61.1
%
United States population, White6

Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity6

 

Climate

Allentown has comfortable summers and cold winters. The temperature reaches 90°F or above 16 days per year with an average temperature in January of 28°F

Weather

35
%
Chance of Rain11
0
%
Chance of Sunshine

Average Temperature39

 

Housing

The average home value in Allentown increased by 13% since 2010 which is 29% lower than the national average and 5% lower than the state average

Rent

$
1,250
Monthly Average12
58
%
Renters40

Average Home Value4

 

Taxes

Allentown is a high tax location with sales tax 13% lower than the national average, but income tax 31% higher than the national average and property tax 43% higher than the national average.

Other

1.59
%
Property Tax20
6.0
%
Sales Tax10
0.0
%
Vehicle Tax20

Effective Income Tax Rate at Various Income Levels (Married, Filing Jointly)41

 

Employment

Allentown has a very low employment rate of 89% which is 5% lower than the national average. The largest employers are Air Products & Chemicals and PPL

Income

28.0
%
<$25,0005
4.8
%
$100,000+5

Distribution by Industry17

 

Politics

Allentown is centrist with a liberal slant and has a Democratic representative in Congress

2016 Presidential Election Results42

Representatives

Mayor27 Ray O'Connell
Democratic
House of Representative27 Susan Wild
Democratic
 

Healthcare

The nearest 5-star hospital, St Luke's Hospital Bethlehem, is 4.0 miles from the center of Allentown, the nearest Veterans Affairs medical center, Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center, is 45.5 miles away, and the nearest top-rated hospital for cancer care, Fox Chase Cancer Center, is 43.0 miles away

Medicare-Rated Hospitals (<50 Miles)2

Is Marijuana Legal?

Medical28 Yes
Decriminalized28 No
 

Safety

In Pennsylvania, 40.2% of adults live in a household with at least one gun, but gun ownership has marginally increased from 2000 when 39.1% of adults lived in households with guns

Gun Laws

Yes
Universal Background Checks29
No
Permit to Purchase Law29

Property Crimes and Violent Crimes per 100,000 Residents

 

Fun Facts

  • The museum contains a full-sized replica of the bell and is located in Zion's "Liberty Bell" Reformed church
  • In 1777, the Liberty Bell was hidden from the British in the basement of the church, which is now known as "The Liberty Bell Church"
  • The park is home to seven roller coasters, a waterpark known as Wildwater Kingdom, and a total of more than 60 rides. Dorney Park is one of only 13 trolley parks that still operate today
 

Top Destinations

  • Allentown, PA is the basis of the song "Allentown" by Billy Joel33
  • "The Train" by Frank Sinatra references Allentown34
  • The Allentown Band is the oldest civilian band in the United States35
 

Recognition

#23 2020 Best Cities to Retire by U.S. News & World Report30
#93 2019 Best Cities to Live by U.S. News & World Report31
#20 2019 Best Cities for Healthcare by healthgrades32
 

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