Allentown, PA

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2019 Population
120,915
0.419% 1-year growth
US Senator
Bob Casey Jr.
Democratic Party
US Senator
Pat Toomey
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
31.6
0.629% 1-year decrease
2019 Poverty Rate
25.7%
1.75% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$41,167
1.67% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$131,300
3.63% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
52,508
2.29% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Allentown, PA had a population of 121k people with a median age of 31.6 and a median household income of $41,167. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Allentown, PA grew from 120,410 to 120,915, a 0.419% increase and its median household income grew from $40,490 to $41,167, a 1.67% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Allentown, PA are White (Non-Hispanic) (32.4%), White (Hispanic) (29.8%), Other (Hispanic) (14.4%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (10.2%), and Black or African American (Hispanic) (4.59%). 0% of the households in Allentown, PA speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 90.3% of the residents in Allentown, PA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Allentown, PA are Muhlenberg College (734 degrees awarded in 2019), Cedar Crest College (469 degrees), and Welder Training and Testing Institute (69 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Allentown, PA was $131,300, and the homeownership rate was 40.8%. Most people in Allentown, PA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Allentown, PA was 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Start Year
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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Pennsylvania. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Pennsylvania.

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Community Mobility

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Diversity

Allentown, PA is home to a population of 121k people, from which 90.3% are citizens. As of 2019, 59.7% of Allentown, PA residents were born outside of the country (72.2k people).

In 2019, there were 1.09 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (39.2k people) in Allentown, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 36.1k White (Hispanic) and 17.4k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Allentown, PA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    39.2k ± 1.18k
  2. White (Hispanic)
    36.1k ± 2.27k
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    17.4k ± 1.91k
52.5%
Hispanic Population
63.5k people

In 2019, there were 1.09 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (39.2k people) in Allentown, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 36.1k White (Hispanic) and 17.4k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

52.5% of the people in Allentown, PA are hispanic (63.5k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Allentown, PA as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

59.7%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
72.2k people
19.2%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
23.1k people

As of 2019, 59.7% of Allentown, PA residents (72.2k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Allentown, PA was 19.2%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

29
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.6
40
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.9

In 2019, the median age of all people in Allentown, PA was 31.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 29, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Allentown, PA are getting getting younger. In 2018, the average age of all Allentown, PA residents was 32.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. India
    89,459 ± 7,318 people
  2. Dominican Republic
    67,796 ± 6,376 people
  3. China
    64,701 ± 6,229 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Pennsylvania was India, the natal country of 89,459 Pennsylvania residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 67,796 and China with 64,701.

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Citizenship

90.3%
2019 Citizenship
90.1%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 90.3% of Allentown, PA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Allentown, PA was 90.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,230 ± 233
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    462 ± 160
  3. Korea
    435 ± 128

Allentown, PA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.66 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Allentown, PA is $41,167. In 2019, the place with the highest Median Household Income in Allentown, PA was Census Tract 23.01 with a value of $69,438, followed by Census Tract 23.02 and Census Tract 22.01, with respective values of $60,156 and $55,688.

Males in Pennsylvania have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,851. The income inequality in Pennsylvania (measured using the Gini index) is 0.469, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Allentown, PA employs 52.5k people. The largest industries in Allentown, PA are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,076 people), Manufacturing (7,459 people), and Transportation & Warehousing (5,661 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($57,656), Public Administration ($54,554), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($50,382).

Wages

Median Household Income

$41,167
2019 value
± $1,860
1.67%
1 Year Growth
± 5.95%

Households in Allentown, PA have a median annual income of $41,167, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $40,490 in 2018, which represents a 1.67% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$70,810
Average Male Salary in Pennsylvania
± $1,098
$52,851
Average Female Salary in Pennsylvania
± $808

In 2019, full-time male employees in Pennsylvania made 1.34 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Pennsylvania by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Pennsylvania
  1. Asian
    $65,505 ± $4,145
  2. White
    $55,144 ± $690
  3. Alaska Native
    $45,610 ± $76,271

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Pennsylvania workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.19 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Pennsylvania.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Allentown, PA is from Pennsylvania.
0.469
2019 Wage GINI in Pennsylvania
0.469
2018 Wage GINI in Pennsylvania

In 2019, the income inequality in Pennsylvania was 0.469 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0734% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Pennsylvania was lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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)
  1. Census Tract 23.01
  2. Census Tract 23.02
  3. Census Tract 22.01

In 2019, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Allentown, PA was Census Tract 23.01 with a value of $69,438, followed by Census Tract 23.02 and Census Tract 22.01, with respective values of $60,156 and $55,688.

The following map shows all of the places in Allentown, PA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

25.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Allentown, PA (29.6k out of 115k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Females 35 - 44.

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. Hispanic
    20,578 ± 1,140
  2. White
    18,365 ± 1,122
  3. Other
    5,050 ± 576

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Allentown, PA is Hispanic, followed by White 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

52.5k
2019 Value
± 1,792
2.29%
1 Year growth
± 4.72%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Allentown, PA grew at a rate of 2.29%, from 51.3k employees to 52.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Allentown, PA, are Material Moving Occupations (6,591 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,281 people), and Production Occupations (5,795 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Allentown, PA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Allentown, PA, by number of employees, are Material Moving Occupations (6,591 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,281 people), and Production Occupations (5,795 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Allentown, PA has an unusually high number of residents working as Material Moving Occupations (3.38 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.95 times), and Healthcare Support Occupations (1.8 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Allentown, PA, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($66,950), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($62,823), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($62,039).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

52.5k
2019 Value
± 1,792
2.29%
1 Year growth
± 4.72%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Allentown, PA grew at a rate of 2.29%, from 51.3k employees to 52.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Allentown, PA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,076 people), Manufacturing (7,459 people), and Transportation & Warehousing (5,661 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Allentown, PA, though some of these residents may live in Allentown, PA 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, PA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,076 people), Manufacturing (7,459 people), and Transportation & Warehousing (5,661 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Allentown, PA has an unusually high number of Transportation & Warehousing (2.37 times higher than expected), Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services (1.79 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.61 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Allentown, PA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($57,656), Public Administration ($54,554), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($50,382).

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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. $85.1B
  2. $67.4B
  3. $60.9B

In 2018, the top outbound Pennsylvania product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $85.1B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($67.4B) and Pharmaceuticals ($60.9B).

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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$703B
2018 Value in Pennsylvania
$1.28T
Projected 2045 Value in Pennsylvania
82.2% growth

In 2018, total outbound Pennsylvania trade was $703B. This is expected to increase 82.2% to $1.28T 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. $77.5B
  2. $75.7B
  3. $33.1B

In 2018, the top outbound Pennsylvania domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $77.5B, followed by New Jersey with $75.7B and Ohio and $33.1B.

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

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Lehigh County, PA went to Hillary Rodham Clinton with 50.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (45.8%), followed by Other (3.71%). The most partisan county was Fulton County, PA with 84.1% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Bob Casey Jr. and Pat Toomey are the senators currently representing the state of Pennsylvania. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Pennsylvania is currently represented by 18 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Hillary Rodham Clinton
Popular Vote for Lehigh County, PA
50.5% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in Pennsylvania
  1. 84.1% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 82.7% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 82.5% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Pennsylvania was Fulton County, PA with 84.1% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Pennsylvania colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Pennsylvania

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Bob Casey Jr.
Senator from Pennsylvania1
Assumed office on January 3, 2007
Pat Toomey
Senator from Pennsylvania3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011

Bob Casey Jr. and Pat Toomey are the senators currently representing Pennsylvania.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Pennsylvania over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is currently represented by 18 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Pennsylvania have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2019, universities in Allentown, PA awarded 1,302 degrees. The student population of Allentown, PA is skewed towards women, with 1,100 male students and 2,783 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Allentown, PA are White (831 and 68.6%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (131 and 10.8%), Unknown (120 and 9.9%), and Black or African American (71 and 5.86%).

The largest universities in Allentown, PA by number of degrees awarded are Muhlenberg College (734 and 56.4%), Cedar Crest College (469 and 36%), and Welder Training and Testing Institute (69 and 5.3%).

The most popular majors in Allentown, PA are General Business Administration & Management (145 and 11.1%), General Drama & Theater Arts (87 and 6.68%), and General Psychology (86 and 6.61%).

The median tuition costs in Allentown, PA are $46,820 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 86 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 123 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 87 degree-majorss awarded

In 2018, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Allentown, PA was General Psychology with 86 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 734 degrees awarded
  2. 469 degrees awarded
  3. 69 degrees awarded
$N/A
Median In-State Public
$46,820
Median Private

In 2019, the Allentown, PA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Muhlenberg College with 734 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

408
Degrees Awarded to Men
894
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 408 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Allentown, PA, which is 0.456 times less than the 894 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Allentown, PA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    831 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    131 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    120 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Allentown, PA was White students. These 831 degrees mean that there were 6.34 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 131 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Allentown, PA was $131,300 in 2019, which is 0.546 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $126,700 to $131,300, a 3.63% increase. The homeownership rate in Allentown, PA is 40.8%, which is lower than the national average of 64.1%. People in Allentown, PA have an average commute time of 22.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Allentown, PA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$131,300
2019 Median
± $3,591
$126,700
2018 Median
± $3,498

In 2019, the median property value in Allentown, PA grew to to $131,300 from the previous year's value of $126,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Allentown, PA 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, PA the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

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$41,167
Median Household Income
± $1,860
42.2k
Number of Households
± 1,517

In 2019, the median household income of the 42.2k households in Allentown, PA grew to $41,167 from the previous year's value of $40,490.

The following chart displays the households in Allentown, PA 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 $60k - $75k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

40.8%
2019 Homeownership
41.9%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 40.8% of the housing units in Allentown, PA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 41.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Allentown, PA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

22.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Allentown, PA have a shorter commute time (22.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2.17% of the workforce in Allentown, PA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (67.4%)
  2. Carpooled (17.2%)
  3. Walked (5.36%)

In 2019, 67.4% of workers in Allentown, PA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (17.2%) and those who walked to work (5.36%).

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, PA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Allentown, PA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Health

88.8% of the population of Allentown, PA has health coverage, with 35.5% on employee plans, 36.9% on Medicaid, 8.41% on Medicare, 7.54% on non-group plans, and 0.481% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Pennsylvania was $9,258 in 2014. This is a 4.29% increase from the previous year ($8,877).

Primary care physicians in Lehigh County, PA see 987 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.407% increase from the previous year (983 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1133 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 513 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Huntingdon County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (20.6%). Additionally, Armstrong County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (44%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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987 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Lehigh County, PA

Primary care physicians in Lehigh County, PA see an average of 987 patients per year. This represents a 0.407% increase from the previous year (983 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Lehigh County, PA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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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

Data only available at state level.
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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$9,258
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Pennsylvania
$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

11.2%
Uninsured
35.5%
Employer Coverage
36.9%
Medicaid
8.41%
Medicare
7.54%
Non-Group
0.481%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Allentown, PA declined by 6.76% from 12.1% to 11.2%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Allentown, PA 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. 20.6% prevalence
  2. 19.3% prevalence
  3. 19.3% prevalence

Huntingdon County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Pennsylvania, at 20.6%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Pennsylvania by county over multiple years.

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