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.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Allentown is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Allentown is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Allentown who work in office and administrative support (16.64%), sales jobs (10.59%), and food service (7.45%).

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.

The percentage of adults in Allentown with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 16.15% of adults in Allentown have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Allentown in 2010 was $17,483, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $69,932 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. The greatest number of Allentown residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Allentown also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 45.98% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Allentown include Irish, Italian, Pennsylvania German, and Polish.

Allentown also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 15.50%.

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