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Allentown is a city in Lehigh County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after William Allen, early landholder and son-in-law of Alexander Hamilton

The latitude of Allentown is 40.608N. The longitude is -75.49W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 338 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 105,958.


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Median household income
Local
$32,016
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Allentown demographic reports
Allentown is on the Lehigh River, at the base of the Lehigh Mountains
A local church harbored the Liberty Bell when it was taken from Philadelphia, to prevent British seizure
Public transportation: LANTA (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 641. The number of murders and homicides was 12. The violent crime rate was 6 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1988 movie, "Hairspray"
Well-known residents have included:
· Lee Iacocca, business executive
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread
Local festivals include:
  • Allentown Fair - Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 2007
Dates often change. Check Allentown web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra
Allentown attractions: Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom
Historic sites and museums: Liberty Bell Shrine, Museum of Indian Culture, Haines Mill Museum, Trout Hall
Colleges and universities: Muhlenberg College, Allentown Business School, Cedar Crest College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 110
Songs:
· "Allentown" (Billy Joel)

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Allentown demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Lehigh County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Allentown-Bethlehem area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 18101 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

20% of Allentown residents report German ancestry, and 8% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Allentown ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Allentown was $16,282, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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15% of Allentown residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Allentown, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $475.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $887.


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Libraries in Allentown include Allentown Public Library, Parkland Community Library, South Branch Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Allentown include Allentown Times, Morning Call

TV stations in Allentown include WFMZ, WLVT.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WDIY.

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Lehigh County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Allentown political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Allentown workers is 21 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 21 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Allentown between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.0 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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