Allentown, PA
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Allentown is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 120,443 people and 37 constituent neighborhoods, Allentown is the third largest community in Pennsylvania. Allentown has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Unlike some cities, Allentown isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Allentown are a mix 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 (16.12%), sales jobs (8.69%), and food service (6.64%).

A lot of people in Allentown take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Allentown, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

In terms of college education, the citizens of Allentown rank slightly lower than the national average. 15.37% 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 $18,380, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $73,520 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 48.98% 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.

In addition, Allentown has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (16.33%).

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