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Old 10-05-2014, 04:48 PM
 
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How safe are the little towns outside of Allentown? Specifically Whitehall and Emmaus. And, how is Bethlehem?
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Old 10-06-2014, 12:37 PM
 
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Based on what I've heard/read Emmaus (and Macungie) are pretty safe. I'm not so sure about Whitehall - parts of it are definitely busier thanks to the malls.

Certain parts of Bethlehem are safer than others. I'd avoid the south side and Pembroke Village - the north side is really nice and pretty safe.

There's a crime map posted online that you can take a look at to see where there's more trouble.
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Old 10-07-2014, 07:31 AM
 
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Whitehall is not the squeaky clean community it may have been in the 70's, but overall it is ok. The Bethlehem Southside can be dicey but with all the new restaurants, artsquest, and casinos it is much more desirable than in years past. Just do not walk down Mechanic or Morton St at 1130. This is common sense. Emmaus and Macungie are still safe despite what some overly social conservative dutchies may tell you.
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Old 10-07-2014, 08:16 AM
 
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I would avoid the apartment and condo complexes in Whitehall.
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Old 10-17-2014, 07:55 AM
 
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I would avoid the apartment and condo complexes in Whitehall.

Why is that? We just picked out an apartment in Whitehall, it's within a pretty quiet community of new houses...
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Old 10-17-2014, 11:04 AM
 
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Seems like you are going to rent, but if you decide to buy then It depends if you have any kids. If you have kids then want a good school district. Areas are priced around the best school districts. If you want your kids going to East Penn or Parkland then you are going to pay a little more for peace of mind and quality education. Parkland can be rather expensive but Emmaus still offers affordable housing in a great area and one of the best school districts in the Lehigh Valley. Also lower taxes which translates into a lower mortgage payment. Do a 1 mile search around around emmaus. Consider Lehigh Street a fence and stay on the Emmaus side!
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Old 10-17-2014, 02:19 PM
 
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Why is that? We just picked out an apartment in Whitehall, it's within a pretty quiet community of new houses...
Crime is fairly low in whitehall. Not the best school district in the Valley.
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Old 10-17-2014, 08:08 PM
 
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If you are looking between Whitehall and Emmaus, I agree with the other posters - choose Emmaus.
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Old 10-17-2014, 08:20 PM
 
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Seems like you are going to rent, but if you decide to buy then It depends if you have any kids.
Even if you don't have children, you might be sellling to people that have children. Same with your neighbors.

Obviously within reason, roofs can be fixed, walls can be painted, and damp basements can be repaired. But endemic problems with school districts may never improve.
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