Allentown PA Real Estate – Homes for Sale in Allentown PA
Pennsylvania’s third most populated city has around 118,000 residents and serves as one of Lehigh Valley’s principal cities. Nicknamed “the Queen City,” Allentown is also the seat of Lehigh County.
Small, charming neighborhoods combined with an urban city center make Allentown a thriving community full of character and history. Throughout the city, you’ll find dozens of markets, as well as dining, shopping, and entertainment options.
Allentown was 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 Province of Pennsylvania during the mid-18th century and was considered one of the wealthiest and most powerful men in Philadelphia during the American Revolution.
- 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 known as the Pennsylvania State House Bell. The bell was stowed underneath a church to protect it from the British forces.
- The Allentown School District supervises the public schools in the city, which is the fourth largest school district in the state of Pennsylvania. Notable schools in the area are William Allen High School and Louis E. Dieruff High School. Allentown is also home to two colleges: Muhlenberg College and Cedar Crest College.
- Noteworthy city attractions include the Allentown Fairgrounds Farmers Market, the Mayfair Festival for the Arts, the Great Allentown Fair, Lights in the Parkway, the Allentown Halloween Paradise, Dorney Park, and Wildwater Kingdom.
- Neighboring cities include Fullerton, Cetronia, Dorneyville, and Hokendauqua.
- Philadelphia, the cultural and economic heart of Pennsylvania, is located approximately 45 miles away.
- Major urban hubs in proximity are New York City (91 miles), and Washington D.C. (188 miles).