Allentown, NJ


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Allentown is a very small borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 1,825 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Allentown is the 440th largest community in New Jersey.

Housing costs in Allentown are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New Jersey.

Allentown is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 88.89% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Allentown is a borough of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Allentown who work in management occupations (16.05%), office and administrative support (13.58%), and sales jobs (12.14%).

Also of interest is that Allentown has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

In addition, Allentown is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Because of many things, Allentown is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Allentown really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Allentown perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

The citizens of Allentown are among the most well-educated in the nation: 43.44% of adults in Allentown have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Allentown in 2010 was $41,575, which is upper middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $166,300 for a family of four.

The people who call Allentown home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Allentown residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Allentown include Italian, German, English, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Allentown is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.