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Life in the Lehigh Valley

Welcome to big city sites, with small town charm!

Nestled among the Appalachian hills in eastern Pennsylvania, just an hour north of Philadelphia and 1.5 hours west of New York City, the Lehigh Valley is home to three historic cities- Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton. Equally known for its bustling city sites and attractions like the Lehigh Valley Zoo and Dorney Park, as well as quaint country towns, the Valley is home to almost a million people. With major highways, Lehigh Valley International Airport, top rated secondary schools, and nationally ranked colleges, the Valley is ready to take individuals and families where they want to go, literally and figuratively!

The Cities

Key metrics

Population 850k People

GDP 4.4% Growth Rate

Family Income $68k Median

Home Cost $174k Median

Monthly Rent $990 Median

Unemployment Rate 4% In 2019

Crime Rate 45% Lower Than National Average

Named to Top 100 “Best Places to Live” in 2019 by US News and World Report,

Education

When it comes to education, the Lehigh Valley has a lot to offer. Whether you’re looking for a school district for your children or a college to continue your studies, you’ll find just what you need at one of the Lehigh Valley’s prestigious schools.

More Than 30 Private & Public High Schools

Graduation rate 93% Public High Schools

Over 13 Institutes Of Higher Learning

Average Of 10k LV College Grads Annually

Healthcare

Healthcare has become one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the area- not only because as the third largest metropolis in the state, the Lehigh Valley features the most medical networks and facilities, but also because those networks rank among the best in the nation.  Hundreds of medical students come from around the country to learn from our exceptional medical teams.

Activities & attractions

It’s easy to find something fun to do in the Lehigh Valley! The region is sprawling with exciting activities and attractions, including golf courses, festivals, amusement parks, outdoor activities, shopping centers, and historical sites. Plus, the Lehigh Valley is close to vibrant cities like New York City and Philadelphia!

Close To New York & Philadelphia

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With New York City to the east and Philadelphia to the south, the Lehigh Valley is the hidden gem of eastern Pennsylvania. The Lehigh Valley International Airport has 15 non-stop destinations around the country, and Newark Liberty International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport are an easy 1.5-hour drive away.

The Lehigh Valley has access to three major interstates- I-78, I-80, and the Northeast Extension, and Lehigh and Northampton Public Transportation Authority (LANTA) make it easy to get around the Valley, or to Philly or NYC.

Restaurants & bars

The Lehigh Valley is a foodie’s dream destination. With award winning eateries that rival New York City and Philadelphia restaurants, it’s difficult to pick just a few! Rather than play favorites, we’d like to spotlight a few “Restaurant Rows” where you can eat, drink, and be merry at multiple hotspots!

Festivals

Summer in Bethlehem is synonymous with Musikfest, a 10-day free music festival considered the largest in the country. But it’s not the only one: there’s Blues, Brews & Barbecue, Celtic Classic, Kutztown Folk Festival, and Sangria Fest, just to name a few! The Valley really loves any excuse to “’fest”!

Shopping

The Lehigh Valley is a shopper’s paradise. There are four downtowns full of treasures in Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton, plus many of the surrounding towns have quaint Main Streets. Don’t forget to take advantage of Pennsylvania’s tax-free clothing!

Art & entertainment

It’s important to take time to appreciate the arts, and the Lehigh Valley has a lot to offer in the form of museums and programs! There’s also local sports teams, live concerts, and other entertainment events.

Historical sites

It’s always exciting to learn about the past, which is why the Lehigh Valley is a perfect destination for history buffs and casual observers alike. Bethlehem alone boasts 20 historic sites and tons of 18th-century architecture for historians of all ages.

Outdoor activities

There’s nothing quite like spending time in the great outdoors. Luckily, there are tons of outdoor activities available in and near the Lehigh Valley! Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach or lake, or spend time camping and hiking in the mountains, there is always something to do not too far away.

Golf courses

It could be our beautiful countryside, or the fact that many of America’s premier golf course architects came from the Philadelphia School of Golf. Whatever the reason, the Valley has four of PA’s best courses (out of 700), according to Golf Digest. Plus, we’re close to many other nationally ranked golf courses!

Skiing & snowboarding

When it comes to winter sports like skiing and snowboarding, the Lehigh Valley has a lot to offer. There are top-notch resorts located both in and around the area, so excitement is never far away.

Amusement parks

If you’re a thrill-seeker with an appetite for excitement, you’re in for a real treat! Not only does the Lehigh Valley have an amusement and water park in its own backyard, but it’s also located near other exciting parks within driving distance!