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About Allentown

Founded in 1762 and with a population of 121,442, Allentown is the 3rd-largest city in PA. It serves as the County Seat for Lehigh County and boasts of 4 major hospitals and 2 nationally-ranked colleges. The city of located in close proximity to major metropolitan areas, sitting 62 miles from Philadelphia, 91 miles from New York City, and 188 miles from Washington D.C.

The diverse makeup of the city’s landscape is what makes it so unique. Allentown has more parkland per capita than any other city its size in the United States. Moving to its urban history, from 1777 to 1778, the Liberty Bell was hidden from the British underneath the Zion’s United Church of Christ in what is now downtown Allentown. Allentown is home to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies), the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (the American Hockey League Affiliate of the NHL Philadelphia Flyers), and the headquarters of Mack Trucks, Inc. from 1905 - 2009. Mixed with its rich industrial history, Allentown is also home to 13 locations listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The City of Allentown Is All Inspiring!

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. Coming from a rich history and moving through a redevelopment renaissance, Allentown is All Inspiring.

Discover why Allentown is a great place to Live, Work, and Play.

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. Discover the Lehigh Valley!

  • #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 Valley Campus.

Click here to go to the Downtown Allentown website. West End Theatre District Click here to go to the 7th Street Allentown website.