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All About Allentown, PA

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The personal injury attorneys in Allentown, PA, present this article to share some detailed information about the area.

Allentown is a city in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, and spans 17.99 square miles. With an approximate population of 121,442 residents, the area is Pennsylvania's third most populous city and the 233rd-largest city in the United States. The city is located on Lehigh River and is the fastest-growing major city in Pennsylvania.  Allentown was one of only six communities in the country named a "national success story" in April 2016 by the Urban Land Institute. Known for its downtown redevelopment and transformation that has generated nearly $1 billion in new development projects, Allentown is a notable city.

The History of Allentown, PA

What is known as the center of Allentown today was laid out as Northampton Town in 1762 by William Allen, a wealthy shipping merchant, former mayor of the city of Philadelphia, and then-Chief Justice of the Province of Pennsylvania. Local legend tells that a rivalry with the Penns prompted William Allen to start a town in 1762.

The original plan for the town comprised 42 city blocks and consisted of 756 mega-lots. According to the original plan, found in the archives of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, many of the streets were meant to be named after Allen's children and friends including,

  • Margaret, which is present-day Fifth Street
  • William, which is now Sixth Street
  • James, his present-day Eighth street
  • Ann, currently Ninth street
  • John, now Walnut Street
  • Hamilton Street, named after James Hamilton
  • Gordon Street, named after Sir Patrick Gordon, Deputy Governor of Colonial Pennsylvania from 1726–1736
  • Chew Street, named for Benjamin Chew
  • Turner Street, which was was named after Allen's business partner, Joseph Turner.

The town was officially named "Allentown" on April 16, 1838, after years of popular usage. Allentown was formally incorporated as a city on March 12, 1867.

With so much history in the streets of Allentown, it should be no surprise to discover that the city encompasses three historic districts.

Old Allentown

Old Allentown was established as a historic district on September 6, 1978, and was certified by the Pennsylvania State Historical and Museum Commission on September 26, 1978. The neighborhood was laid out in the original plan for Allentown and developed as the city grew. Today, the historic district contains a mixture of housing styles, including Federal, Italianate, Eastlake, and Victorian.

Old Fairgrounds

The Old Fairgrounds Historic District was established on July 8, 1981, and was certified by the Pennsylvania State Historical and Museum Commission on September 9, 1981. The district is named after the Lehigh County Agricultural Society's fairgrounds from 1852-1888. The area is now comprised of a mix of Victorian-style homes, which the Historic District Ordinance protects.

West Park

The West Park Historic District was established on December 20, 2000, by City Ordinance and was certified by the Pennsylvania State Historical Museum Commission on February 21, 2001. West Park is the newest historic district in the city and is the first to be outside the central city area. The homes in the district largely represent Colonial Revival and Queen Anne styles.


The largest ethnic groups of Allentown, PA, are as follows:

  • 33% White (Non-Hispanic)
  • 26.1% White (Hispanic)
  • 18.4% Other (Hispanic)
  • 10.1% Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
  • 4.08% Black or African American (Hispanic)

In 2019, the median household income of Allentown was $41,167USD, and the median property value stands at $126,700USD, demonstrating a 2.8% 1 year growth.

Allentown is a fantastic city rich in history and is ideal for growing families.

Read more: The Neighborhood of West Park, PA

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David Petrone
Date Published: May 7, 2021
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