C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$126,900
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$884
National
$928
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    54%
  • Own
    46%

Allentown Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    168
    0
  • Murder
    8
    0
  • Rape
    48
    41
  • Robbery
    217
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    561
    1
  • Theft
    1,929
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    189
    0

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$36,930
National
$53,889
Children
22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    10%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    36%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    23%
    13%
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Allentown Reviews

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Allentown offers all of the amenities you want from a city without having to live in an extremely large city such as Philadelphia or New York City. Located in the Lehigh Valley, this city has a large population but in a small area. Allentown isn't only center city, it has many nice suburban areas surrounding it. This is a place for people of all ages to live in and enjoy!
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Allentown is diverse! The food, the people, languages, etc. There are beautiful parks--great for runners. In fact, there is a half marathon through the parks each year. Muhlenberg College and Cedar Crest College are in the area.
I have lived only a few minutes outside of Allentown my entire life in a small town called Coopersburg, part of the Southern Lehigh School District. I used to know Allentown as a worn down area with dangerous spots and would only pass through from time to time. However, over the past few years, I have watched as Center City Allentown grew into something beautiful. There is a variety of mid to upscale restaurants to choose from, an arena where sporting events and musical performances take place, and a great selection of shops. I believe with these recent additions, along with the apartment complexes being built, and jobs being created daily, Allentown is on the up and up.