75 reviews
  1. City in Pennsylvania
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    D+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Real Estate
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    C
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$128,700
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$882
National
$904
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    54%
  • Own
    46%

Allentown Rankings

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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
    189
    264
  • Murder
    8
    5
  • Rape
    56
    37
  • Robbery
    263
    135
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    792
    575
  • Theft
    2,197
    2,114
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    230
    257

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$36,578
National
$53,046
Children
22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    11%
    18%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    35%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    23%
    14%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Allentown Reviews

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Having lived in Allentown, PA for more than eight years I have to say that this is a really interesting place that is changing through time. Allentown is multicultural, which is great for people that enjoy food from different cultures; specially Spanish food. A significant amount of money has been invested in center city Allentown, which has brought a significant amount of money to the city. The PPL center has brought many great faces to our great city; Disney on ice, Kevin Hart..

There are some small problems with crimes within the center city of Allentown. Overall, this city is an awesome city, which is heading in the right path to become out of the most popular cities in Pennsylvania.
I've been living in Allentown for my entire life. I would say that there are plenty of good things in Allentown. There are numerous stores that you can shop at. Along with shopping, there are plenty of other interesting things to do in Allentown. Some of these things are going bowling, going to see a movie, and going to museums. There are plenty of good things in Allentown, but there are also plenty of things that could be changed. The public schools are not the best. I was homeschooled and cyber schooled because the public schools in my area are not the best. Safety is another thing that could be changed and fixed. I am always hearing things in the news that people are getting into fights and they are either dying or they are badly injured. But overall I would say that Allentown is not the best place to live but it is definitely not the worst.
If you like small town living and do not mind traveling to get to the most exciting events this is the place to be. There are lots of friendly people there, however it is not a place that is accepting of people that come from different walks of life. The weather is beautiful, if you do not mind the snow. The town is slowly growing and will eventually be a great place to be, regardless of what side of town you live on. There is a significant amount of crime in the “downtown” area and problems get swept under the rug. There are a lot of issues that need to be addressed within the city and government.