Allentown, PA
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Allentown is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 120,207 people and 37 constituent neighborhoods, Allentown is the third largest community in Pennsylvania. Allentown has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Allentown is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Allentown is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Allentown who work in office and administrative support (16.06%), sales jobs (9.37%), and food service (7.12%).

Allentown has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Allentown has quite a high level of public transit users. Allentown’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

In terms of college education, the citizens of Allentown rank slightly lower than the national average. 15.47% of adults 25 and older in Allentown have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.

The per capita income in Allentown in 2010 was $18,041, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $72,164 for a family of four. However, Allentown contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Allentown is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Allentown home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Allentown, accounting for 47.05% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). 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 Irish, Italian, Pennsylvania German, and Polish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Allentown's cultural character, accounting for 15.99% of the city’s population.

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