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Old 03-31-2009, 09:28 PM
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The Lehigh Valley, also known as the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ metropolitan area and referred to locally as The Valley, is an official metropolitan
region consisting of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties in eastern Pennsylvania and Warren county on the western edge of New Jersey, in the United

The Lehigh Valley is the third most populous region of Pennsylvania, following metropolitan Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The region is named for the Lehigh
River, which runs through it. It is part of the Great Appalachian Valley.

More information and list of towns located in Lehigh Valley can be located here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lehigh_Valley


To help the members of the Lehigh Valley forum guide you more quickly towards a compatible neighborhood and lifestyle, here are "just a few" starter questions to choose from.


(Thanks to solibs for "borrowing" this from another forum.)

When are you moving?
Where are you coming from?
Why are you moving?
Where will you be working?
Have you been here yet?

Will you buy or rent?
If buying, are you looking for a house or a condo? How much can you spend?
If renting, are you looking for an apartment, a townhouse or loft? How much can you spend?
Do you prefer hi-rise or walk up?

Are you married or single? Do you have children?
Do you prefer public or private schools?
Do you have pets?
Do you want or need a yard?
Are you keeping a car?
Do you prefer bustling activity or calm and quiet?

What do you want to be closest to?
Basic services (supermarket, drugstore, etc.)
Near Bus stop? Please note that there is NO rail service in the Lehigh Valley.

Do you want to live with people of a similar age, race, religion or sexual preference or do you prefer a diverse neighborhood?

Phillies or Mets?
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Old 06-12-2010, 08:05 AM
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Helpful links for new posters: Green marks new information.

Article about commuting from Lehigh Valley Live: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/news...travel_to.html

From the census bureau: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_10900.htm

Interesting maps showing townships, zoning, etc. But NOT road maps http://lehighvalley.org/about-lehigh-valley/map/

Information about PA and it's governance (townships, boroughs, etc.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_g...n_Pennsylvania

Interactive map that shows where people are moving to and from:https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/...1#Pennsylvania

School information - http://paschoolperformance.org/SelectCounty and http://www.schooldigger.com/go/PA/search.aspx

Current School information: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/brea...cores_how.html

Charter Schools: http://www.charterschooltools.org/ch...cfm?stateID=38

Teacher Salaries 2016-2017 http://www.ydr.com/story/news/watchd...aid/594170001/

School district maps - http://www.lvpc.org/pdf/maps/schoodDistricts.pdf http://www.lehighvalleyfirsttimehome...oolDistMap.pdf

Teacher Salaries - information from September 2016: http://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-s...htmlstory.html

Shows location of High Schools within School Districts - http://www.schooldigger.com/go/PA/ci...wn/search.aspx

Cost comparison, city to city:http://money.cnn.com/calculator/pf/cost-of-living/

School comparison - http://www.schooldigger.com/go/PA/co...spx?wm=20&e=16 This link shows demographics, size of student body at High Schools. Click tabs to compare scores on standardized tests, teacher ratio, etc.


Pennsylvania Schools - Find a Public or Private Pennsylvania School - SchoolDigger.com

Kindergarten Registration info and cut-off age by District (most districts require students be 5 years old by September 1) Please note that full day Kindergarten is not the norm.
Allentown: http://www.allentownsd.org/content/k...n-requirements
Bethlehem: https://www.beth.k12.pa.us/Departmen...rollment.lasso
Easton: http://www.eastonsd.org/student-life...ion/index.aspx
Nazareth: http://www.nazarethasd.org/Page/728
Whitehall: http://www.whitehallcoplay.org/districtsite/
Northampton: http://www.nasdschools.org/parent_re...?subpage=11704
Saucon Valley: http://saucon.schoolwires.net//site/...spx?PageID=580

SAT test scores 2016 http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/educ..._the_sats.html Note the number of students that take the test. Also charter schools are not listed by district because they take students from OUT of the district they dwell in. However, most charters in our area tend to take more students from where they are located then outside and will actually limit the number for students from outside of their home district.

Internet in the Lehigh Valley - Active thread: Internet in the Lehigh Valley, some pertinent info in separate sticky. This thread may also be of interest: Does anyone use an antenna in Lehigh Valley

Crime map courtesy of PacoMartin - http://www.crimemapping.com/

Crime map for Bethlehem: http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/pa/bethlehem/crime/

Looking for a house or apartment? Real Estate Listings, Homes for Sale and Rental Property Listings – REALTOR.com® or RentalHouses.com - Houses for Rent, Homes for Rent, Apartments, Condos, Townhomes for Rent, Rental Homes & Property Rentals or lehigh valley all housing classifieds - craigslist http://hotpads.com/search#lat=40.444...an=30,0.0525,0

Local newspapers - Morning Call (local Allentown/Lehigh Valley paper) classifieds http://www.mcall.com/classified/ On-line newspaper - http://www.patch.com/ For Southern Lehigh, Southern Northampton, Upper and Central Bucks try Penny Power https://www.google.com/search?q=Penn...ient=firefox-a Local free newspaper available at area markets. Good for home and apartment rental.

Tax calculator: https://smartasset.com/taxes/pennsyl...tax-calculator
School Tax info - http://www.openpagov.org/school_taxes/sdefault.asp
estimate your taxes http://www.tax-rates.org/pennsylvani...y_property_tax

Transportation: local - LANTA -http://www.google.com/search?q=LANTA+bus&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-USfficial&client=firefox-a To the big city's of NY and Philadelphia - Bieber Bus http://www.biebertourways.com/Result.aspx?Id=3 Transbridge http://www.transbridgelines.com/ Trailways - http://www.susquehannabus.com/schedu...-lockhaven.asp

Airport - ABE, also known as LVI - http://www.lvia.org/ Newark (EWR) - http://www.panynj.gov/airports/newark-liberty.html Philadelphia (PHL) http://www.phl.org/

Alternative transportation, i.e. biking, car pooling - http://www.car-free.org/ Thanks to karenS.

There is NO rail service in the Lehigh Valley, however you can drive to the northernmost point of SEPTA rail stations in Colmar or Lansdowne and take a train into Philadelphia - http://www.septa.org/

Compare weather in two areas: http://www.weather.com/outlook/event...ocid2=USPA1277

Pick your own - http://www.pickyourown.org/PAeast.htm

Demographics according to the census bureau - http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/42000.html

Income by area: http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworl...htmlstory.html

Comparing COL here and in US //www.city-data.com/county/Bucks_County-PA.html

Things to do: //www.city-data.com/forum/20501833-post2.html

Things to do, places to go in the Lehigh Valley: //www.city-data.com/forum/35463854-post6.html

Parks with playgrounds (thanks to Blazerj) http://www.mcall.com/entertainment/i...606-story.html

Farm Fresh meats and produce[/color]: http://www.eatwild.com/products/pennsylvania.html and Pick-Your-Own (PYO) fruits and veggies http://www.pickyourown.org/PA.htm [color="lime"]Farmers marketshttp://www.localfarmmarkets.org/PAfarmmarkets.php
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Internet information. Because we're not served by the mega-huge companies like Comcast or Time Warner Cable, it's important for newcomers to know about the many different internet service providers. Many older developments or areas of towns are served by very small companies like Ironton Telephone Company, Palmerton Telephone Company, Frontier, etc and often there is no choice besides that small company or a dish. Here are some pieces of information that I'm pulling from this thread: Liking what I'm reading about the LV, but i do have some questions before we pack up and move... And you can read more there and on this new thread, which I'll stick up here once it's done Internet in the Lehigh Valley Thanks to PacoMartin and Mrknowitall526 for their expertise.

From PacoMartin:
RCN can be very slow at times. RCN advertises download speeds up to 25 Mbps / upload speeds up to 4 Mbps. RCN charges $39.99/$49.99/$59.99/ for the first three years. They throw in local TV stations for only the cost of the equipment that can receive the signal (at least $10/month for one TV).

A few days ago download speeds were under 3 Mbps.

SECTV advertises top tier $44.95 download speeds up to 25 Mbps / upload speeds up to 1 Mbps. But there is a $10 surcharge if you are not buying TV from them,

I think the phrase "up to" is significant. I know in the UK internet providers can list a speed that only 10% of their customers receive reliably.

RCN' brand new tier advertises download speeds up to 110 Mbps / upload speeds up to 15 Mbps. RCN charges $49.99/$59.99/$69.99/ for the first three years (but I suspect that this rate will increase soon).

Either way none of them have upload speeds that are offered by FIOS.

Most casual users are more concerned with download speed. Heavy bloggers and people who post a lot of videos care about upload speed. Verizon is bombarding consumers with advertisements telling them to feel bad about themselves if they have upload speeds of cable.
More from PacoMartin:
Dish DISH Satellite TV Packages & Service | DISH
DirectTV https://www.directv.com

Cable, very limited area in Lehigh Valley
AT&T Uverse AT&T U Verse Lehigh Valley, PA | U Verse Specials
Verizon FIOS Verizon FiOS® | 800-300-4184 | FiOS® TV, Internet, Digital Voice

Cable, regional
RCN Lehigh Valley | High-Speed Internet, Digital Cable TV & Phone Service Provider
Service Electric Cable TV and Communications
Blue Ridge Cable
RCN & SECTV have offices half mile apart near airport.

Antenna TV (and power)
Local High Definition: WFMZ(Independent News |800 kW), WLVT(PBS|52 kW);
Local High Definition Digital Translators: WTXF(Fox Philly|15 kW) and WNEP(ABC Scranton |0.025 kW);
Local Standard Definition: WBPH-TV (Family Net |80.6 kW).
Although LV is in Philadelphia Designated Marketing Area it is often difficult to impossible to tune in Philadelphia stations with an antenna with exception of Fox Philly unless you are south of mountains (near Quakertown).
Adding this thread from 1/2017 Service Electric raises the charges again

Verizon FIOS in College Hill Easton

Adding this thread from April 2018: Cable service recommended in 18104 (West Allentown)
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