Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ

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Population

842,913

0.281% growth

Poverty Rate

11.1%


Median Age

41.3


Median Household Income

$65,929

3.1% growth

Number of Employees

413,215

0.212% decline

Median Property Value

$218,900

2.58% growth

About

In 2018, Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ had a population of 843k people with a median age of 41.3 and a median household income of $65,929. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ grew from 840,550 to 842,913, a 0.281% increase and its median household income grew from $63,944 to $65,929, a 3.1% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ are White (Non-Hispanic) (72.3%), White (Hispanic) (10.9%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (4.85%), Some Other Race (Hispanic) (3.92%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.87%). N/A% of the people in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ speak a non-English language, and 95.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ are Lehigh University (2,050 degrees awarded in 2017), Northampton County Area Community College (1,446 degrees), and DeSales University (881 degrees).

The median property value in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ is $218,900, and the homeownership rate is 69.2%. Most people in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 26.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ is 2 cars per household.

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COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ employs 413k people. The largest industries in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ are Health Care & Social Assistance (66,931 people), Manufacturing (55,228 people), and Retail Trade (49,076 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($92,047), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($91,058), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($66,121).

Median household income in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ is $65,929. Males in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,119. The income inequality in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ (measured using the Gini index) is 0.469, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$65,929

2018 value

± $1,838

3.1%

1 Year Growth

± 3.82%

Households in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ have a median annual income of $65,929, which is more than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $63,944 in 2017, which represents a 3.1% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$69,779

Average Male Salary

± $1,106

$52,119

Average Female Salary

± $786

In 2018, full-time male employees in Pennsylvania made 1.34 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $67,044 ± $4,236

  2. White

    $54,569 ± $688

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $45,677 ± $16,041

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Pennsylvania workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.23 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ is from Pennsylvania.

0.469

2018 Wage GINI

0.472

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in Pennsylvania was 0.469 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.472% decline from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2018 the GINI for Pennsylvania was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Pennsylvania in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Pennsylvania across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ was Chester County, PA with a value of $99,119, followed by Montgomery County, PA and Bucks County, PA, with respective values of $90,122 and $88,569.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

11.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ (89.8k out of 809k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Males 6 - 11.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    62,849 ± 1,801

  2. Hispanic

    35,265 ± 1,379

  3. Other

    10,335 ± 836

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

413k

2018 Value

± 10,267

-0.212%

1 Year decline

± 3.5%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ declined at a rate of -0.212%, from 414k employees to 413k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (48,904 people), Sales & Related Occupations (40,601 people), and Management Occupations (35,492 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (48,904 people), Sales & Related Occupations (40,601 people), and Management Occupations (35,492 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ has an unusually high number of residents working as Material Moving Occupations (1.56 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.3 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.28 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($73,965), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($73,810), and Management Occupations ($71,709).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

413k

2018 Value

± 10,267

-0.212%

1 Year decline

± 3.5%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ declined at a rate of -0.212%, from 414k employees to 413k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ, are Health Care & Social Assistance (66,931 people), Manufacturing (55,228 people), and Retail Trade (49,076 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ, though some of these residents may live in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (66,931 people), Manufacturing (55,228 people), and Retail Trade (49,076 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ has an unusually high number of Transportation & Warehousing (1.41 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.37 times), and Utilities (1.18 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ, by median earnings, are Utilities ($92,047), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($91,058), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($66,121).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Pennsylvania to other states, or from other states to Pennsylvania.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $88.5B

  2. $57.4B

  3. $55.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $88.5B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($57.4B) and Pharmaceuticals ($55.2B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Pennsylvania products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$671B

2020 Value

$954B

Projected 2045 Value

42.2% growth

In 2020, total outbound Pennsylvania trade was $671B. This is expected to increase 42.2% to $954B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Pennsylvania trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Pennsylvania to other states, or from other states to Pennsylvania.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $65.4B

  2. $62.6B

  3. $35.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $65.4B, followed by New Jersey with $62.6B and Ohio and $35.6B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Pennsylvania shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

94.5% of the population of Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ has health coverage, with 53.4% on employee plans, 15.6% on Medicaid, 14% on Medicare, 10.8% on non-group plans, and 0.745% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ was $9,258 in 2014. This is a 4.29% increase from the previous year ($8,877).

Primary care physicians in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ see 1232 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.326% increase from the previous year (1228 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1481 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 559 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16%). Additionally, Clearfield County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,232 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Pennsylvania see an average of 1,232 patients per year. This represents a 0.326% increase from the previous year (1,228 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

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Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$9,258

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,634

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,407

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,243

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Pennsylvania (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.29%, from $8,877 to $9,258.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

5.5%

Uninsured

53.4%

Employer Coverage

15.6%

Medicaid

14%

Medicare

10.8%

Non-Group

0.745%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ declined by 7.67% from 5.96% to 5.5%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 16% prevalence

  2. 13.4% prevalence

  3. 13.2% prevalence

Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Pennsylvania, at 16%.

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Diversity

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ is home to a population of 843k people, from which 95.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 8.62% of Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ residents were born outside of the country (72.5k people).

In 2018, there were 6.62 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (609k people) in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ than any other race or ethnicity. There were 92.1k White (Hispanic) and 40.9k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

41

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

44

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.8

In 2018, the median age of all people in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ was 41.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 41, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ are getting getting younger. In 2017, the average age of all Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

8.62%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

72.5k people

8.61%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

71.9k people

As of 2017, 8.62% of Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ residents (72.5k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ was 8.61%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. India

    94,480 ± 7,519 people

  2. Dominican Republic

    85,267 ± 7,145 people

  3. China

    68,580 ± 6,412 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Pennsylvania was India, the natal country of 94,480 Pennsylvania residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 85,267 and China with 68,580.

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Citizenship

95.8%

2018 Citizenship

95.8%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 95.8% of Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ was 95.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    609k ± 248

  2. White (Hispanic)

    92.1k ± 5.89k

  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    40.9k ± 2.65k

In 2018, there were 6.62 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (609k people) in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ than any other race or ethnicity. There were 92.1k White (Hispanic) and 40.9k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    16,555 ± 1,514

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    5,247 ± 1,203

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    5,155 ± 1,176

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.16 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ awarded 9,864 degrees. The student population of Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ is skewed towards women, with 18,437 male students and 25,950 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ are White (6,440 and 68.7%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1,194 and 12.7%), Unknown (647 and 6.9%), and Black or African American (552 and 5.89%).

The largest universities in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ by number of degrees awarded are Lehigh University (2,050 and 20.8%), Northampton County Area Community College (1,446 and 14.7%), and DeSales University (881 and 8.93%).

The most popular majors in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ are General Business Administration & Management (654 and 6.63%), Registered Nursing (381 and 3.86%), and Liberal Arts & Sciences (287 and 2.91%).

The median tuition costs in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ are $40,293 for private four year colleges, and $13,484 and $21,402 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 265 degrees awarded

  2. 253 degrees awarded

  3. 368 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ was General Finance with 265 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 2,050 degrees awarded

  2. 1,446 degrees awarded

  3. 881 degrees awarded

$13,484

Median In-State Public

$40,293

Median Private

In 2017, the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ institution with the largest number of graduating students was Lehigh University with 2,050 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,961

Degrees Awarded to Men

5,903

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 3,961 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ, which is 0.671 times less than the 5,903 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    6,440 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1,194 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    647 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ were to White students. These 6,440 degrees mean that there were 5.39 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 1,194 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ was $218,900 in 2018, which is 0.953 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $213,400 to $218,900, a 2.58% increase. The homeownership rate in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ is 69.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ have an average commute time of 26.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$218,900

2018 Median

± $4,687

$213,400

2017 Median

± $4,283

In 2018, the median property value in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ grew to to $218,900 from the previous year's value of $213,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Household Income

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$65,929

Median Household Income

± $1,838

321k

Number of Households

± 8,537

In 2018, the median household income of the 321k households in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ grew to $65,929 from the previous year's value of $63,944.

The following chart displays the households in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

69.2%

2018 Homeownership

69%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 69.2% of the housing units in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 69%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

26.3 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ have a longer commute time (26.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 4.19% of the workforce in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.8%

  2. Carpooled

    8.79%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.72%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ was Drove Alone (80.8%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.79%) and those who Worked At Home (4.72%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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