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Lehigh County, Pennsylvania (PA)

County population in 2014: 357,823 (92% urban, 8% rural); it was 312,090 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 63,383
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 27,463
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 83,896
Renter-occupied apartments: 43,137 (it was 38,010 in 2000)
% of renters here:

31%
State:

30%

Land area: 347 sq. mi.

Water area: 1.7 sq. mi.

Population density: 1032 people per square mile   (very high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Lehigh County: 100.5 (near average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (28.9%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (22.7%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (14.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 79%
  • Government: 2%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 18%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (71.6%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (18.8%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (4.9%)
  • Asian alone (2.9%)
  • Two or more races (1.5%)
Median resident age:  39.0 years
Pennsylvania median age:  40.0 years
Males: 173,345  (48.4%)
Females: 184,478  (51.6%)

Lehigh County,PA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Lehigh County:

2.0 people
Pennsylvania:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $54,244 ($43,449 in 1999)

This county:

$54244
Pennsylvania:

$52007

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $776 (lower quartile is $606, upper quartile is $950)
This county:

$776
State:

$675


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $187,200 (it was $112,100 in 2000)
Lehigh:

$187,200
Pennsylvania:

$164,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $125,800 - $277,300

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $248,714
Here:

$248,714
State:

$221,511

Townhouses or other attached units: $140,133
Here:

$140,133
State:

$157,348

In 2-unit structures: $92,462
Here:

$92,462
State:

$141,335

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $145,000
Here:

$145,000
State:

$186,490

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $156,918
Here:

$156,918
State:

$212,799

Mobile homes: $24,741
Here:

$24,741
State:

$45,445
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,476
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $588

Institutionalized population: 4,759
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Health of residents in Lehigh County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2012:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.4. This is about average.
76.3% of residents exercised in the past month. This is about average.
47.5% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is about average.
98.8% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is more than average.
71.6% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is about average.
Average weight of males is 204 pounds. This is more than average.
Average weight of females is 162 pounds. This is about average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2004: 1634 buildings, average cost: $143,800
  • 2005: 1497 buildings, average cost: $158,500
  • 2006: 1346 buildings, average cost: $146,000
  • 2007: 1025 buildings, average cost: $156,400
  • 2008: 738 buildings, average cost: $149,500
  • 2009: 659 buildings, average cost: $137,500
  • 2010: 487 buildings, average cost: $152,800
  • 2011: 407 buildings, average cost: $171,200
  • 2012: 300 buildings, average cost: $164,000
  • 2013: 516 buildings, average cost: $216,700
  • 2014: 449 buildings, average cost: $222,600

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $3,573 (1.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $3,355 (1.9%)

Lehigh County household income distribution in 2009 Lehigh County home values distribution Lehigh County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 14.8%
(6.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 34.0% for Black residents, 36.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 16.3% for American Indian residents, 42.6% for other race residents, 30.2% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 14.8%
Lehigh County:

14.8%
Pennsylvania:

13.7%
(6.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 34.0% for Black residents, 36.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 15.4% for American Indian residents, 42.6% for other race residents, 29.6% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 40 years old
(Males: 38 years old, Females: 41 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 46 years old, Black residents: 26 years old, American Indian residents: 57 years old, Asian residents: 34 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25 years old, Other race residents: 26 years old)

Area name: Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA HUD Metro FMR Area
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Lehigh County is $636 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $753 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $974 a month.

Cities in this county include: Allentown, Fullerton, Emmaus, Catasauqua, Wescosville, Fountain Hill, Slatington, Dorneyville, Breinigsville, Hokendauqua.

Lehigh County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

2012 air pollution in Lehigh County:

Ozone (1-hour): 0.027 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 13.8 µg/m3. Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Essex County, New Jersey , Gage County, Nebraska , Hall County, Nebraska , Morgan County, Colorado , Tippecanoe County, Indiana , Putnam County, Missouri , Warren County, Illinois .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.0%
Pennsylvania:

4.9%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 15,378
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 81.1%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 23.3%

Number of foreign born residents: 19,331 (49% naturalized citizens)

Lehigh County:

6.2%
Whole state:

4.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 4,546
  • 1990 to 1994: 3,173
  • 1985 to 1989: 2,754
  • 1980 to 1984: 2,282
  • 1975 to 1979: 1,549
  • 1970 to 1974: 1,159
  • 1970 to 1974: 879
  • 1965 to 1969: 2,989

Mean travel time to work (commute): 22.1 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 74.6%

Lehigh County marital status for males Lehigh County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 61,617
  • One, attached: 31,108
  • Two: 5,853
  • 3 or 4: 6,929
  • 5 to 9: 6,352
  • 10 to 19: 6,615
  • 20 or more: 7,238
  • Mobile homes: 3,183
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 15

Housing units in Lehigh County with a mortgage: 49,774 (4,277 second mortgage, 9,251 home equity loan, 286 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 25,456

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

62.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Lehigh County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic68,21327
Mainline Protestant64,308126
Evangelical Protestant20,644106
Other19,77629
Orthodox2,6255
Black Protestant8543
None173,077-
Lehigh County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 64
Lehigh County:

1.90 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 3
Here:

0.09 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

0.09 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 26
This county:

0.77 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

0.88 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 90
Lehigh County:

2.67 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

2.52 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 253
This county:

7.51 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Lehigh County:

9.2%
Pennsylvania:

9.1%

Adult obesity rate:
Lehigh County:

26.4%
State:

27.2%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

12.1%
State:

11.5%

Agriculture in Lehigh County:

Average size of farms: 148 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $80,694
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $548.66
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 42.88%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 27.03%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $74,555
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 72.64%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $79,161
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 83.66%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 4.00
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 32.93%
Corn for grain: 25967 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 7445 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 16908 harvested acres
Vegetables: 489 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 1,186 acres

Earthquake activity:

Lehigh County-area historical earthquake activity is near Pennsylvania state average. It is 87% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 1/16/1994 at 01:49:16, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 33.9 miles away from Lehigh County center
On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 239.0 miles away from the county center
On 1/16/1994 at 00:42:43, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 32.7 miles away from the county center
On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 262.3 miles away from the county center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 283.5 miles away from Lehigh County center
On 8/26/2003 at 18:24:18, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, 3.5 ML, Depth: 1.9 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 21.0 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • PennsylvaniaHurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3235): September 10, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3235, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • PennsylvaniaTropical Depression Ivan, Incident Period: September 17, 2004 to October 1, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1557): September 19, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1557, Natural disaster type: Tropical Depression
  • PennsylvaniaSnowstorm, Incident Period: February 14, 2003 to February 19, 2003, Emergency Declared (EM-3180): March 14, 2003, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3180, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm
  • PennsylvaniaFlooding, Incident Period: January 19, 1996 to February 1, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1093): January 21, 1996, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1093, Natural disaster type: Flood
  • PennsylvaniaBlizzard, Incident Period: January 6, 1996 to January 12, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1085): January 13, 1996, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1085, Natural disaster type: Blizzard
  • PennsylvaniaWinter Storm, Severe Storm, Incident Period: January 4, 1994 to February 25, 1994, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1015): March 10, 1994, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1015, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Storm
  • PennsylvaniaSevere Snowfall and Winter Storm, Incident Period: March 13, 1993 to March 17, 1993, Emergency Declared (EM-3105): March 16, 1993, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3105, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Snowfall
  • PennsylvaniaTropical Storm Agnes, Incident Period: June 23, 1972, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-340): June 23, 1972, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-340, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • PennsylvaniaWater Shortage, Incident Period: August 18, 1965, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-206): August 18, 1965, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-206, Natural disaster type: Water Shortage

The number of natural disasters in Lehigh County (9) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6
Emergencies Declared: 3

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (25%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Manufacturing (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (26%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Manufacturing (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (10%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Material moving occupations (9%)
  • Production occupations (8%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (8%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (23%)
  • Sales and related occupations (12%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (9%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (6%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (6%)
  • Management occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Dominican Republic (9%)
  • Syria (8%)
  • India (8%)
  • Vietnam (6%)
  • Germany (5%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (4%)
  • United Kingdom (4%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Lehigh County (%):

  • German (27%)
  • Italian (8%)
  • Irish (8%)
  • Pennsylvania German (6%)
  • United States or American (6%)
  • English (4%)
  • Polish (4%)

Lehigh County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 120,831 (82%)
  • Carpooled: 14,563 (10%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 2,108 (1%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 24 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 41 (0%)
  • Railroad: 79 (0%)
  • Taxi: 69 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 83 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 321 (0%)
  • Walked: 5,175 (3%)
  • Other means: 620 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 4,016 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania in 2000:

  • 3,885 people in nursing homes
  • 2,914 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 1,315 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 427 people in residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children
  • 358 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 232 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 223 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 222 people in military hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 205 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 179 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 157 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 122 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 90 people in religious group quarters
  • 56 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 53 people in halfway houses
  • 16 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 12 people in job corps and vocational training facilities
  • 5 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 2 people in other group homes

People in group quarters in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania in 2010:

  • 3,359 people in college/university student housing
  • 3,023 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 1,083 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 363 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 274 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 259 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 226 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 139 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 101 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 98 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 32 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 16 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 13 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 5 people in hospitals with patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 2 people in in-patient hospice facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $59,108.

5.95% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($39,281 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.95%
Pennsylvania average:

4.35%


0.31% of residents moved from foreign countries ($1,386 average AGI)
Lehigh County:

0.31%
Pennsylvania average:

0.04%

3.15% relocated from other counties in Pennsylvania ($20,349 average AGI)
2.50% relocated from other states ($17,546 average AGI)
Lehigh County:

2.50%
Pennsylvania average:

1.90%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Northampton County, PA  1.53% ($37,849 average AGI)
from Berks County, PA  0.32% ($41,851)
from Bucks County, PA  0.20% ($45,120)
from Bronx County, NY  0.20% ($24,354)
from Montgomery County, PA  0.18% ($49,602)
from Philadelphia County, PA  0.18% ($11,992)
from New York County, NY  0.13% ($30,399)


5.59% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($41,833 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.59%
Pennsylvania average:

4.54%


0.17% of residents moved to foreign countries ($431 average AGI)
Lehigh County:

0.17%
Pennsylvania average:

0.06%

3.06% relocated to other counties in Pennsylvania ($21,845 average AGI)
2.35% relocated to other states ($19,558 average AGI)
Lehigh County:

2.35%
Pennsylvania average:

2.07%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Northampton County, PA  1.42% ($39,568 average AGI)
to Berks County, PA  0.29% ($39,625)
to Philadelphia County, PA  0.20% ($29,815)
to Montgomery County, PA  0.19% ($47,099)
to Bucks County, PA  0.16% ($49,576)
to Carbon County, PA  0.16% ($36,048)
to Bronx County, NY  0.10% ($17,642)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.8
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.4
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 12.1

Births per 1000 population in Lehigh County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 9.2

Deaths per 1000 population in Lehigh County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.0
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2007 to 2013: 7.3

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Lehigh County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 13.0%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 5.8%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Lehigh County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Lehigh County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 56,558 (48,115 aged, 8,443 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 4,795 (6%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (3293)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (3177)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (2989)
  • Unspecified dementia (2193)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (1847)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (1480)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (1402)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (1196)
  • Congestive heart failure (1071)
  • Septicaemia, unspecified (997)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 11%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 7%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 0.92
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 16165.93
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 311.610
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 41677.66

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1293.450
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 967.520
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 13.92

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 53.12
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 75.05

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 12.41
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 36.0. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 21.8
  • Other - 14.2

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 117.3. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 52.4
  • Poisoning - 27.1
  • Suffocation - 22.2
  • Other - 15.5

Household type by relationship:

Households: 340,504
  • In family households: 286,114 (63,028 male householders, 27,132 female householders)
    66,509 spouses, 101,739 children (95,211 natural, 2,026 adopted, 4,502 stepchildren), 6,351 grandchildren, 2,819 brothers or sisters, 3,712 parents, 3,812 other relatives, 8,659 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 54,390 (19,730 male householders (14,952 living alone)), 24,093 female householders (20,327 living alone)), 10,567 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 8,993 (4,759 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 37,466 2-persons, 21,333 3-persons, 18,285 4-persons, 8,024 5-persons, 3,031 6-persons, 2,021 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 35,279 1-person, 7,282 2-persons, 817 3-persons, 294 4-persons, 96 5-persons, 29 6-persons, 26 7-or-more-persons.

50,748 married couples with children.
17,585 single-parent households (4,121 men, 13,464 women).

84.7% of residents of Lehigh County speak English at home.
8.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (60% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 14% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).
4.1% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (74% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 7% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
1.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (53% speak English very well, 30% speak English well, 14% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
1.4% of residents speak other language at home (58% speak English very well, 24% speak English well, 14% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $1,593,745,000 ($4888 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $130,959,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $706,060,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $439,504,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $9,452,000
Federal grants: $245,239,000
Federal procurement contracts: $119,114,000 ($101,586,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $74,376,000 ($10,978,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $2,089,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $154,998,000
Federal Government insurance: $94,182,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 20,336
Here:

62 per 1000 residents
State:

61 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 16,562
Here:

50 per 1000 residents
State:

54 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +4,377
Here:

+13 per 1000 residents
State:

+8 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +10,628
Here +32 per 1000 residents
State -2 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Lehigh County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 29.23 millions of gallons per day (37% from ground, 63% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.7
State:

6.4

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.0
State:

4.2

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 2,020
  • 2000 to 2004: 15,630
  • 1990 to 1999: 12,997
  • 1980 to 1989: 13,349
  • 1970 to 1979: 22,084
  • 1960 to 1969: 13,742
  • 1950 to 1959: 19,644
  • 1940 to 1949: 7,050
  • 1939 or earlier: 36,268
Rooms in houses/apartments in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 59
  • 2 rooms: 178
  • 3 rooms: 1,072
  • 4 rooms: 4,190
  • 5 rooms: 11,749
  • 6 rooms: 21,716
  • 7 rooms: 17,275
  • 8 rooms: 14,646
  • 9+ rooms: 13,011
  • 1 room: 1,400
  • 2 rooms: 3,358
  • 3 rooms: 9,330
  • 4 rooms: 9,562
  • 5 rooms: 7,046
  • 6 rooms: 3,856
  • 7 rooms: 1,821
  • 8 rooms: 972
  • 9+ rooms: 665
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 100
  • 1 bedroom: 1,479
  • 2 bedrooms: 12,086
  • 3 bedrooms: 43,640
  • 4 bedrooms: 21,493
  • 5+ bedrooms: 5,098
  • no bedroom: 1,704
  • 1 bedroom: 15,130
  • 2 bedrooms: 12,556
  • 3 bedrooms: 6,439
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,563
  • 5+ bedrooms: 618
Cars and other vehicles available in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 3,593
  • 1 vehicle: 22,054
  • 2 vehicles: 39,575
  • 3 vehicles: 13,616
  • 4 vehicles: 3,796
  • 5+ vehicles: 1,262
  • no vehicle: 9,287
  • 1 vehicle: 18,632
  • 2 vehicles: 8,419
  • 3 vehicles: 1,280
  • 4 vehicles: 239
  • 5+ vehicles: 153

60% of Lehigh County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 60% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 57% lived in Pennsylvania.

Lehigh County:

60.2%
State average:

64.4%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 226086
  • Northeast: 33319
  • Midwest: 7361
  • South: 11159
  • West: 3467

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $85,800


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Lehigh County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (41.9%)
  • Electricity (30.6%)
  • Utility gas (22.9%)
  • Coal or coke (1.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1.5%)
  • Wood (1.1%)
  • Electricity (44.0%)
  • Utility gas (30.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (21.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2.4%)
  • Coal or coke (0.5%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 5,011
Here:

13.9%
Pennsylvania:

16.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 1,857
Here:

11.0%
Pennsylvania:

13.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 5,708
Here:

45.5%
Pennsylvania:

37.3%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Lehigh County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - Judicial and Legal Services: $4,879,000
    Correctional Institutions: $2,334,000
    Public Welfare Institutions: $499,000
  • Current Operations - Public Welfare - Other: $71,439,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $48,094,000
    Public Welfare Institutions: $47,542,000
    Health - Other: $33,287,000
    Correctional Institutions: $29,896,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $23,557,000
    Central Staff Services: $17,774,000
    Financial Administration: $8,006,000
    General - Other: $5,804,000
    Sewerage: $3,281,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,738,000
    General Public Buildings: $2,454,000
    Police Protection: $1,976,000
    Housing and Community Development: $808,000
    Solid Waste Management: $726,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $576,000
    Regular Highways: $551,000
  • Employee Retirement - Corporate Stocks: $118,225,000
    Corporate Bonds: $13,040,000
    Benefit Payments: $12,170,000
    Total Cash and Deposits: $7,521,000
    Withdrawals: $850,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $6,828,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $2,522,000
    Financial Administration: $2,231,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,642,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $91,757,000

Lehigh County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $19,406,000
    Sewerage: $3,520,000
    Parks and Recreation: $964,000
    Solid Waste Management: $569,000
  • Employee Retirement - Earnings on Investments (calculated): $19,404,000
    From Parent Local Government: $5,572,000
    Local Employee Contribution: $5,014,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $5,251,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $3,238,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $2,434,000
    Rents: $155,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $164,845,000
    Health and Hospitals: $32,501,000
    All Other: $14,258,000
    Highways: $734,000
  • Tax - Property: $90,756,000

Lehigh County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $127,974,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $120,625,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $7,349,000

Lehigh County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Employee Retirement - Total Other Securities: $141,175,000
    Total Federal Securities: $32,306,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $130,121,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 7,968
  • Number of aged recipients: 846
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 7,122
  • Number of recipients under 18: 1,777
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 4,674
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 1,517
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 2,392
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 3,775
Lehigh County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Lehigh County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 68 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1,741$171,9821,664$179,6947,212$180,232824$62,31725$710,200396$119,02069$62,130
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED69$162,812122$196,820547$173,83593$35,5274$549,75032$115,68815$51,400
APPLICATIONS DENIED231$164,004257$149,3112,852$213,701357$42,0225$363,800168$113,73271$54,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN184$160,467188$189,2981,419$188,61899$67,4752$9,853,00068$120,0299$56,889
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS60$151,56735$156,257338$167,69238$76,5790$012$82,41712$39,583
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 61 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED264$210,947168$234,6962$128,000
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED102$241,06976$236,7504$93,250
APPLICATIONS DENIED48$222,70846$215,9350$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN21$193,09516$204,8130$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS15$202,8674$215,0002$133,500

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Lehigh County, PA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John2,65475.2 years
Mary2,34081.1 years
William1,99874.3 years
Anna1,69282.2 years
Helen1,57680.4 years
Joseph1,56874.5 years
Charles1,52575.9 years
Robert1,52372.6 years
George1,22175.5 years
Margaret1,04479.7 years
Most common last names in Lehigh County, PA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Miller1,02176.2 years
Smith80876.7 years
Snyder59077.4 years
Moyer39178.6 years
Williams38676.9 years
Roth34678.0 years
Kern32176.4 years
Jones29578.6 years
Hoffman25677.0 years
Peters24979.5 years
Businesses in Lehigh County, PA
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven7Kmart3
ALDI1Knights Inn1
ALDO1Kohl's2
AMF Bowling1Kroger9
AT&T4LA Fitness1
Abercrombie & Fitch1La-Z-Boy3
Abercrombie Kids1Lane Bryant1
Ace Hardware2Lane Furniture6
Advance Auto Parts5LensCrafters2
Aeropostale3Little Caesars Pizza3
Aerosoles1Lowe's1
American Eagle Outfitters3Macy's1
Ann Taylor3MasterBrand Cabinets11
Apple Store1Mazda1
Applebee's2McDonald's14
Arby's4Men's Wearhouse3
Audi1Motherhood Maternity4
AutoZone6New Balance6
Avenue1New York & Co2
BMW1Nike29
Bakers1Nissan1
Banana Republic1Office Depot1
Barnes & Noble2Old Country Buffet1
Baskin-Robbins2Old Navy2
Bath & Body Works3Olive Garden1
Bebe1On The Border1
Bed Bath & Beyond1Outback1
Best Western1Outback Steakhouse1
Blockbuster8Pac Sun2
Brooks Brothers1Panera Bread4
Budget Car Rental3Papa John's Pizza3
Burger King6Payless4
Buybuy BABY1Penske5
CVS14PetSmart1
Cache1Pier 1 Imports1
Carson Pirie Scott2Pizza Hut5
Casual Male XL1Popeyes1
Catherines1Pottery Barn1
Charlotte Russe1Quality1
Chevrolet4Quiznos1
Chick-Fil-A2RadioShack7
Chico's2Ramada1
Chuck E. Cheese's1Raymour & Flanigan1
Cinnabon 3Red Lobster1
Clarks1Red Robin3
Cold Stone Creamery3Red Roof Inn1
Coldwater Creek2Rite Aid9
Comfort Inn1Rodeway Inn1
Comfort Suites2Ruby Tuesday2
Curves3Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing1
DHL8SAS Shoes1
Deb1SONIC Drive-In1
Dennys1Sam's Club1
Domino's Pizza5Sears7
DressBarn1Sephora1
Dressbarn1Sleep Inn1
Dunkin Donuts24Soma Intimates1
Econo Lodge1Spencer Gifts1
Express1Sprint Nextel5
Famous Footwear2Staples3
Fashion Bug2Starbucks6
FedEx49Subaru1
Firestone Complete Auto Care3Subway27
Foot Locker2Super 81
Forever 211T-Mobile12
GNC7T.G.I. Driday's1
GameStop6T.J.Maxx1
Gap1Taco Bell4
Giant4Talbots2
Gymboree1Target2
H&R Block12The Limited1
Hilton3The Room Place3
Holiday Inn6Toyota1
Hollister Co.1Toys"R"Us2
Home Depot2True Value1
Honda1U-Haul25
Hot Topic1UPS39
Howard Johnson1Value City Furniture1
Hyundai1Vans3
IHOP1Verizon Wireless8
J. Jill1Victoria's Secret2
J.Crew1Volkswagen2
JCPenney1Waffle House2
JoS. A. Bank1Walgreens4
Jones New York7Walmart2
Journeys2Wendy's10
Justice2Wet Seal1
KFC3Wingate1
Kincaid2YMCA2

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  • #12 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #48 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #50 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #53 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant adherents"
  • #53 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #59 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #73 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011"
  • #75 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #76 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations"
  • #88 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #90 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox adherents"
  • #95 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of births per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop 50,000+)"
  • #101 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest decrease in the number of deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"