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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-
Allentown is a city in Pennsylvania with a population of 120,410. Allentown is in Lehigh County. Living in Allentown offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Allentown there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in Allentown and residents tend to be liberal.
About Allentown...
Population
120,410

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$126,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$968
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    58%
  • Own
    42%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    188.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    5.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    52.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    139.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    427.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,656.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    199.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    13%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    10%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    37%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    21%
    13%

Working in Allentown

Jobs
C-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$40,490
National
$55,322
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Allentown is pretty decent but not the 100% best. Around some areas, there is a lot of drama within some high schools and some areas that are unsafe. Mainly if you don't get involved you're okay. It's just really suburban, even the areas that seem city-ish feel suburban. There is one area around the PPL center that is actually really busy but besides that, it is really quiet. Allentown is one of those cities that everyone knows everyone. Your acquaintances might know your friends or family members. It's possible anyone would know anyone around the area, or in your school. The word spreads around fast as well, any type of drama. Overall Allentown is a very within itself area, and if you're comfortable with independence and the suburbs then Allentown is for YOU!
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As an "Allentownian" being born, raised, and residing in Allentown, PA, I can say that this city is very up and coming. Allentown is overflowing with many new opportunities for all ages and is a good place to raise a family. In the last 6 years, Allentown has grown tremendously and has brought many new attractions and businesses. In 2014, a local arena called the, "PPL Center" opened, where our local ice hockey team plays, famous musicians come and perform, and many shows are presented. Many new small businesses opened shortly after, local artists got a platform, and new condos and flats were built. Additionally, we have an immense number of restaurants here. Any type of food you can think of, there is a place in this city where it is served. To me, that is a BIG plus! Allentown is also very diverse in culture. We have all sorts of cultural and seasonal parades and festivals. In Allentown, we celebrate the differences that makes our city so special. So, come on down!
Allentown is slower in terms of entertainment compared to neighboring regions like New York and New Jersey. Never the less, this allows more opportunity to buckle down and achieve ones goals. I like to think of Allentown as a place of opportunity and focus. With less distraction around, one can soul search and really apply themselves to whatever it is that they want out of life. When my mom moved to Allentown from New York, she obtained her GED, bought her first house, then obtained her Associates Degree. Shortly after, she landed a job in her field in which she enjoys. She is now enrolled in school again to obtain her Bachelors Degree. There is no doubt in my mind that she will achieve her new goals. Witnessing all of this inspired me to go after everything I want and more. Allentown provides me the opportunity to achieve those goals while being he warm place that I call home!