Pennsylvania’sthird most populated city has around 118,000 residents and serves as one ofLehigh Valley’s principal cities. Nicknamed “the Queen City,” Allentown is alsothe seat of Lehigh County.

Small,charming neighborhoods combined with an urban city center make Allentown athriving community full of character and history. Throughout the city, you’llfind dozens of markets, as well as dining, shopping, and entertainment options.

Allentownwas incorporated as a city on March 12, 1867. It was named after William Allen,who founded the city in 1762. Allen served as the Chief Justice of the Provinceof Pennsylvania during the mid-18th century and was considered one of thewealthiest and most powerful men in Philadelphia during the AmericanRevolution.

Quick Facts

  • Formerly known as Northampton Town,the city was renamed Allentown on April 16, 1838.
  • During the American Revolution,Allentown served as the hiding place of the Liberty Bell, which was then knownas the Pennsylvania State House Bell. The bell was stowed underneath a churchto protect it from the British forces.
  • The Allentown School Districtsupervises the public schools in the city, which is the fourth largest schooldistrict in the state of Pennsylvania. Notable schools in the area are WilliamAllen High School and Louis E. Dieruff High School. Allentown is also home to twocolleges: Muhlenberg College and Cedar Crest College.
  • Noteworthy city attractions includethe Allentown Fairgrounds Farmers Market, the Mayfair Festival for the Arts, theGreat Allentown Fair, Lights in the Parkway, the Allentown Halloween Paradise,Dorney Park, and Wildwater Kingdom.
  • Neighboringcities include Fullerton, Cetronia, Dorneyville, and Hokendauqua.
  • Philadelphia, the cultural andeconomic heart of Pennsylvania, is located approximately 45 miles away.
  • Major urban hubs in proximity are New York City (91miles), and Washington D.C. (188 miles).