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. Much of the housing stock in Allentown was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

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 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%).

Many people in Allentown take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Allentown citizens for affordable transportation.

The citizens of Allentown are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 15.47% of adults in Allentown have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

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.

In addition, Allentown has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (15.99%).

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