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An Introduction To Allentown Pennsylvania

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Allentown is not just a song by Billy Joel... Allentown, Pennsylvania, is a city located in the Lehigh Valley region of the state. It has a rich history dating back to its founding in 1762. Over the years, it has evolved into a vibrant urban center with a mix of historical charm and modern amenities. Here's an overview of Allentown covering things to do, housing, and the economy:

Things to Do:

  1. Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom: A popular amusement park featuring roller coasters, water rides, and family-friendly attractions.

  2. Allentown Art Museum: It houses a diverse collection of art, including American and European paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts.

  3. PPL Center: A multi-purpose arena hosting concerts, sports events, and other entertainment shows.

  4. Cedar Beach Park: A recreational area with walking trails, picnic spots, and sports facilities.

  5. Lehigh Valley Zoo: Located nearby, it's home to various animals and offers educational programs and events.

  6. Coca-Cola Park: Home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, a minor league baseball team affiliated with the Philadelphia Phillies.

  7. Historic Downtown Allentown: Explore the city's historic architecture, shops, restaurants, and cultural institutions.


Allentown offers a range of housing options, from historic homes in established neighborhoods to single homes, to modern condos in downtown areas. The city's housing market is relatively affordable compared to larger metropolitan areas in Pennsylvania, making it attractive to both renters and homebuyers. Median home prices and rental rates vary depending on the neighborhood, with downtown areas generally commanding higher prices compared to suburban locales. The city also has a mix of housing assistance programs aimed at assisting low-income residents with affordable housing options.


Allentown's economy has diversified over the years, transitioning from its historical roots in manufacturing to a more diverse economic base. Key sectors driving the city's economy include healthcare, education, manufacturing, finance, and professional services. Major employers in Allentown include Lehigh Valley Health Network, Air Products & Chemicals, Inc., Lehigh University, PPL Corporation, and others.

The city has seen significant revitalization efforts in recent years, with downtown development projects aimed at attracting businesses and residents to the urban core. Additionally, Allentown benefits from its strategic location within the Lehigh Valley, which is a hub for distribution and logistics due to its proximity to major metropolitan areas like New York City and Philadelphia.

Overall, Allentown offers a mix of cultural attractions, housing options, and economic opportunities, making it a desirable place to live and work in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley region.

Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Billy Joel will be so proud of how Allentown turned out even though he’s from Long Island like me lol.

Feb 07, 2024 10:48 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

My grandson is a huge Billy Joel fan, great information. Thanks for sharing it.

Have a super fantastic week!

Bill Salvatore, Realtor- Arizona Elite Properties

Feb 08, 2024 04:02 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Chris and Allentown is a great city, I grew up outside Allentown in New Tripoli and went to Northwestern Lehigh High School.


Feb 08, 2024 09:19 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Chris, thanks for the introduction to Allentown, and have never been there.   

Feb 08, 2024 02:42 PM