Allentown, PA
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Allentown is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 121,283 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 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 transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Allentown who work in office and administrative support (16.18%), sales jobs (8.64%), and maintenance occupations (5.80%).

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 citizens of Allentown are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 14.95% of adults in Allentown have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Allentown in 2010 was $19,024, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $76,096 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 50.61% 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 German, Irish, Italian, Pennsylvania German, and English.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Allentown's cultural character, accounting for 17.37% of the city’s population.

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