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Allentown, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The City of Allentown is the 3rd largest city in Pennsylvania with a population of 124,549 as of July 1, 2019. Allentown ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Pennsylvania. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Allentown is located at latitude 40.6084 and longitude -75.4902 in Lehigh County. The formal boundaries for the City of Allentown encompass a land area of 17.55 sq. miles and a water area of 0.48 sq. miles. Lehigh County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 341 feet.

The City of Allentown (GNIS ID: 1215372) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Allentown: Northampton, Northamptontown.

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Allentown, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Allentown, PA Housing Affordability Index is 114
State of Pennsylvania Housing Affordability Index is 131
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Allentown, PA Wealth Index is 47
State of Pennsylvania Wealth Index is 99
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 124,549 (100%)
Population in Households 119,433 (95.9%)
Population in Families 91,481 (73.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 5,116 ( 4.1%)
Population Density 7,098
Diversity Index2 87
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $40,519
Average Household Income $54,619
Per Capita Income $19,534
Wealth Index4 47

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 48,514 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 19,254 (39.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 25,051 (51.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,209 ( 8.7%)
Median Home Value $138,552
Housing Affordability Index3 114
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 44,305
Average Household Size 2.7
Family Households 27,057
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.58% 0.47%
Households 0.37% 0.38%
Families 0.15% 0.23%
Median Household Income   2.55%
Per Capita Income   2.52%

Allentown, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Allentown to the other 1,761 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Pennsylvania by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 3 100th
Population Density # 49 97th
Diversity Index # 2 100th
Median Household Income # 1526 13th
Per Capita Income # 1679 5th

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