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Lehigh Valley Info: Lehigh, Northampton Counties

The Lehigh Valley is richly embedded in our nation’s history. Once a principle gateway to the west, our canals moved coal and people to fill an ever-growing frontier. Later, Bethlehem became the second-largest producer of steel in the world, helping build an industrialized nation. Silk, other fabrics, and clothing were manufactured here. Mack trucks, long a symbol of the strength of a nation, are still made here. Binney & Smith’s Crayola crayons color the world.

Lehigh Valley public and private schools are among the best in the nation; with more than two-thirds of their graduates continuing their education. Community colleges offer varied programs, specialty centers offer vocational and technical career training, and our colleges and universities are nationally ranked.

The Lehigh Valley’s 750,000 residents comprise city, suburban, and country living. A diversity of home styles, including townhouses, singles, and duplexes offer the home buyer a full range of choices.

 

 

Lehigh

Lehigh County is located in southeastern Pennsylvania in the area known as the Lehigh Valley, with the city of Allentown as its county seat.

Lehigh County positioned in the corridor beween Philadelphia and New York City, with quick and easy access to both of these major metropolitan areas. The area is accessible via I-78, Rt.22, Rt.309, Rt.33 or Rt.476 (Pennsylvania Turnpike).

Lehigh County also has a thriving cultural scene, with stage theaters, art museum, amusment park with world-class coasters and water slides, premier bicycle racing track, game preserve, numerous historical sites, and lots of arts and  music festivals.

Lehigh County neighbors the East Coast's major markets.  Regular commuters realize the ultimate convenience of our central location and transportation options.  The Lehigh Valley International Airport provides both commercial and private air facilitites.  Lehigh Valley International Airport offers full-time customer service and non-stop flights to many U.S. cities.  Our  "super highway and railway" networks and strategic geographic locations help make these markets 100 percent accessible.  One-third of the U.S. population lives within a comfortable one day's drive, and one-half of Canadian businesses are within 500 miles.

Our community is comprised of 347 square miles of rolling hills including over 11,000 acres of preserved farmland and a network of more than 17,000 acres of outdoor recreational parks that offer extensive leisure opportunities.

Geography
·  347 Square miles; 957 Persons per square mile
· 990 Persons per square mile

Population
·  343,519 Lehigh County
·  107,815 Allentown
·  6.4 Percent of persons under 5
· 20.1 Percent of persons between 5 - 19
·  15.2 Percent persons 65 or over
·  51.4 Percent female

Looking Closer
·  39.1 Median age
·  3.1 Average family size
·  144,472 Number of people born in Pennsylvania
·  28,058 Number of people born in a foreign country
·  81.1 Percent of the population that only speaks English
·  18.9 Percent of the population that speaks a language other than English

Housing
·  137,462 Total housing units
·  70 Percent of homeowners
·  $195,700 Median value, owner-occupied
·  $1,496 Median mortgage
·  $795 Median rent costs
·  2.5 Persons per household
·  8.1 Percent living below poverty

Education
·  85.8 Percent of population with a high school degree or higher
·  27 Percent of population with a bachelor's degree or higher

The Working Life
·  23.6 Mean travel time to work
·  82.1 Percent of workers drive to work alone
·  4,861 Persons walk to work
·  $53,551 Median household earnings
·  $48,392 Male full-time earnings
·  $34,802 Female full-time earnings
·  174,289 People in the labor force
·  11,727 People unemployed
·  8,514 Self-employed workers

Lifestyle
·  Males 15 and older
·  41,726 Never married
·  71,500 Married
·  2,660 Separated
·  4,005 Widowed
·  10,633 Divorced
·  Females 15 and older
·  37,797 Never married
·  68,742 Married
·  3,713 Separated
·  16,489 Widowed
·  14,532 Divorced
·  4,250 Women who gave birth (2009)

By Race
·  82.8 Percent of white persons
·  15.4 Percent of Hispanic or Latino persons
·  5 Percent black persons
·  2.8 Percent Asian persons
·  1.6 Percent reporting two or more races
·  .2 Percent American Indian



NORTHAMPTON COUNTY

In Northampton County, no matter where your interests lie, you will find things to do, sites to see, and places to visit in and around Northampton County.  Located in the scenic Lehigh Valley, we are 60 miles north of Philadelphia and 80 miles west of New York City.  Northampton County is the kind of place where you can always feel at home.  Just as the eighteenth century travelers to Northampton County found accommodations with innkeepers and tavern owners, the twenty-first century travelers have many inns, hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, camp grounds, restaurants, and shops to choose from .   If you are looking for great activities for the whole family, we invite you to explore the links to  local attractions, historic sites, parks and recreation areas, hiking and camping grounds, shopping districts, and special events that are found in Northampton County

Geography
·  374 Square miles
·  799.7 Persons per square mile

Population
·  298,990 Northampton County
·  73,088 Bethlehem
· 26,361 Easton
·  5.6 Percent of persons under 5
·  20.0 Percent of persons between 5-19
·  14.9 Percent persons 65 or over
·  51 Percent female

Looking Closer
·  39.8 Median Age
·  3.04 Average family size
·  145,472 Number born in Pennsylvania
·  17,397 Number of people born in a foreign country
·  89.1 Percent of the population that speak English only
·  11.9 Percent of the population that speak a language other than English

Housing

· 116,731 Total Housing Units

· 76.4 Percent of Homeowners
·  $214,600 Median value, owner-occupied
·  $1,602 Median mortgage
·  $824 Median rent costs
·  2.55 Persons per household
·  7.8 Percent of persons living below poverty

Education
·  86.6 Percent of population with a high school degree or higher
·  25.7 Percent of population with a bachelor's degree or higher

The Working Life
·  27.1 Mean travel time to work
·  82.4 Percent of workers drive to work alone
·  3,390 Persons walk to work
·  $59,070 Median household earnings
·  $51,499 Male full-time earnings
·  $37,380 Female full-time earnings
·  142,870 People in the labor force

·  8,341 Self-employed workers

Lifestyle
Males 15 and older:
·  36,625 Never married
·  65,130 Married
·  2,122 Separated
·  3,419 Widowed
·  9,484 Divorced
Females 15 and older:
·  31,200 Never married
·  62,308 Married
·  3,557 Separated
·  14,196 Widowed
·  12,296 Divorced
·  2,968 Women who gave birth (2009)
·  5,308 Grandparents who live with grandchildren

By Race
·  87.9 Percent of white persons
·  9.1 Percent of Hispanic or Latino persons
·  4.1 Percent black persons
·  2.0 Percent Asian persons
·  1.9 Percent reporting two or more races
·  .1 Percent American Indian

Sources: 2006 - 2008 Census Estimates