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About Allentown

Allentown Quick Facts

  • 3rd Largest City in PA (118,974 population)
  • Proximity to major markets: Philadelphia (62 miles), New York City (91 miles), and Washington D.C. (188 miles).
  • County Seat for Lehigh County
  • 4 major hospitals
    • St. Luke’s Hospital
    • Lehigh Valley Hospital (Nationally Ranked in U.S. News and World Report in seven specialties)
    • Sacred Heart Hospital
    • Good Shepherd Hospital (teaching hospital in Traumatic Brain Injury)

Lehigh County Area

Lehigh County is located in the Lehigh Valley region of the eastern part of Pennsylvania. Allentown, the county seat, is the state's third largest city behind Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Lehigh County is comprised of Allentown, the western section of the city of Bethlehem, six boroughs, and 14 townships.

  • #2 area in the state for development
  • #6 area in the country for development
  • Population of 30 million people within 100 miles
  • 11 institutions of higher education including Cedar Crest College, De Sales University, East Stroudsburg University, Kutztown University, Lafayette College, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Lehigh University, Moravian College, Muhlenberg College, Northampton Community College, and Penn State University – Lehigh Campus.

Renaissance City

Allentown is the epicenter for development in the Lehigh Valley. According to Site Selection Magazine’s 2014 national economic development rankings, the Lehigh Valley has been recognized as the second best performing region of its size in economic development across the nation. Thanks to the collaboration of the public and private sector, and the Neighborhood Improvement Zone legislation, Allentown is undergoing a renaissance. A new, state-of-the-art, professional hockey arena was constructed to house the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (a farm team of the Philadelphia Flyers).  Three restaurants opened on the arena site: Chickie and Pete’s, Tim Horton’s, and Crust.  City Center, a local developer, built a new, state-of-the art, rehabilitation facility and offices for Lehigh Valley HealthCare Network, and a Marriott Hotel, which are both attached to the arena.  National Penn Bank located its corporate headquarters in a brand new, Class A seven-story office building across from the arena. Three City Center is a 166,000 square-foot, $50MM seven story office and retail building at the former Colonial Theater site at 513-525 Hamilton Street that opened in July 2015. Four City Center at 15 N. Seventh Street is a $40MM project including a five-story building and adjacent three-story building with 168 apartments between them that opened in July 2015. The Schoen’s building at 612 Hamilton Street has been renovated to house the corporate headquarters of Trifecta Technologies, a technology based business in downtown.

The City of Allentown is truly a “City without Limits!”

The city is comprised of several different unique business districts, all with their own identity and flair. The Seventh Street Business District represents the “gateway” to the community, where small business owners and residents can enjoy the “neighborhood living” of local pharmacies, restaurants, and retail establishments. The West End District is considered the “theatre district” of Allentown and is comprised of a civic theatre, a black box theatre; several acclaimed restaurants, and various local retailers. The Hamilton Street Business District is the primary downtown location where all of new construction, arena development, and activity is occurring.