Allentown, Pennsylvania Population 2022

127,407
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Allentown is a city located in Lehigh County Pennsylvania. Allentown has a 2020 population of 127,407. It is also the county seat of Lehigh County. Allentown is currently growing at a rate of 0.62% annually and its population has increased by 1.24% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 125,845 in 2010.

The average household income in Allentown is $56,842 with a poverty rate of 25.59%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,035 per month, and the median house value is $135,800. The median age in Allentown is 31.6 years, 30.9 years for males, and 32.5 years for females.

In addition to being one of the largest cities, it is also the fastest-growing city in Pennsylvania. The city is continuing to add to its community with recent initiatives including full development of its downtown, which earned it the designation of being a “national success story” by the Urban Land Institute—one of only six cities to be named as such.

Allentown Diversity, Age, and Gender Statistics

Over 14% of Allentown’s residents are foreign-born. The largest ethnic group in the city is Puerto Rican. There are also large populations of Germans, Dominicans, Irish and Italian residents, to name a few.

Nearly 30% of the population is between the ages of 25 and 44, making up the largest age group in the city. Almost one-quarter of residents are under the age of 18, while over 15% are at least 65 years old.

There are more females than males residing here, with 91.8 men for every 100 women. About 18.5% of the population lives below the federal poverty line.

Population Growth in Allentown

Allentown has an unemployment rate of 10%, exceeding the national average. Despite this, however, the city continues to see its population grow. By the 20th century, the population had increased to over 35,000. In the years ahead, significant growth occurred before slowing down, yet the number of residents continued to rise at a steady rate. Current estimates show that the population is up 2% from the last census, indicating that while growth isn’t as rapid as it was during its earliest years, Allentown is only going to continue to get larger into the future.

The tract of land that the city of Allentown now sprawls over, was once a hunting ground for Native Americans. A group of tribal leaders agreed to sell the land to the sons of William Penn for a long list of goods that included numerous articles of clothing, looking glasses, pipes, and more.

The city was originally incorporated as Northampton Town in 1811. The town was officially renamed "Allentown" on April 16, 1838.

The Liberty Bell was hidden in Allentown during the American Revolutionary war.

Allentown Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Allentownwas:

  • White: 57.45%
  • Other race: 13.86%
  • Black or African American: 13.85%
  • Two or more races: 11.00%
  • Asian: 2.99%
  • Native American: 0.83%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.02%
The current population of Allentown, Pennsylvania is 127,407 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 125,845.

Allentown, Pennsylvania Population 2022

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White69,60357.45%
Black or African American16,77513.85%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,0080.83%
Asian3,6272.99%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander250.02%
Some Other Race16,79513.86%
Two or More Races13,32311.00%
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Allentown Population by Race

Allentown Population Pyramid 2022

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Allentown Median Age

31.2


Total

30.5


Male

32.2


Female

Allentown Adults

There are 89,207 adults, (14,344 of whom are seniors) in Allentown.

Allentown Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

19.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

42.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Allentown Sex Ratio

Female

62,530

51.61%

Male

58,626

48.39%

Allentown Population by Age

Allentown Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Allentown Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married63.8%36.2%
All41.5%58.5%
Non Family34.3%65.7%
Male32.9%67.1%
Female24.6%75.4%

41.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Allentown Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All42,8012.741.5
Married13,8033.4763.8
Male3,1793.4132.9
Female9,7913.6624.6
Non Family16,0281.3234.3

3.37

Average Family Size

2.7

Average Household Size

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Allentown Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6,1188.25%
9th to 12th Grade8,29811.19%
High School Graduate28,37438.27%
Some College13,64218.40%
Associates Degree5,3997.28%
Bachelors Degree8,22411.09%
Graduate Degree4,0785.50%
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Allentown Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Allentown Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Asian2,3131,938979
White29,05726,0337,530
2+ Races6,3504,8561,044
Black9,4057,931943
Native American43332738
Hispanic34,69124,3662,587
Other Race9,4206,207478
Islander2525

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 42.33%.

Allentown Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,069$35,445$26,993
Less Than 9th Grade$22,326$26,141$15,551
High School Graduate$27,878$31,792$22,591
Some College$31,730$37,919$28,427
Bachelors Degree$46,258$60,699$37,155
Graduate Degree$58,594$55,875$59,000

$31,069

Average Earnings

$35,445

Average Male

$26,993

Average Female

Allentown Earnings by Educational Attainment

Allentown Language by Age

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Allentown Language

52.53% of Allentown residents speak only English, while 47.47% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 41.07% of the population.

Allentown Language

Allentown Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Native99235635.89%
Hispanic64,93520,97632.30%
Multiple13,1483,42726.06%
Black16,2063,87723.92%
Asian3,47156416.25%
White33,6665,02114.91%
Other5,236NaN%

25.59%

Overall Poverty Rate

24.08%

Male Poverty Rate

27.02%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Allentown

The race most likely to be in poverty in Allentown is Native, with 35.89% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Allentown is Other, with NaN% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.09%. Among those working part-time, it was 26.62%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 38.72%.

Allentown Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade33.60%
High School21.38%
Some College16.10%
Bachelors or Greater6.38%

Allentown Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed9.20%
Male Unemployed36.28%
Female Employed13.54%
Female Unemployed41.00%

Allentown Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Allentown Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$43,816$57,795
Families$47,271$62,899
Married Families$68,159$81,361
Non Families$32,124$44,077
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Income by Household Type

Allentown Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

33.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

34.9%

Male Marriage Rate

31.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Allentown Married by Age and Sex

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Allentown Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Allentown Marital Status by Race

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Allentown Marital Status

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3,227

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War444
First Gulf War329
Vietnam1,236
Korea348
World War II167

Allentown Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 34310
35 to 54430
55 to 64556
65 to 74855
75+1,076

Allentown Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White2,6884.94%
Black2592.20%
Asian100.37%
Other Race770.67%
2+ Races1932.38%
Hispanic6261.47%

Allentown Veterans by Race

Allentown Veterans by Education

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10.30%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.64%

Veteran Disability Rate

Allentown Veterans by Education

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63.4%

Labor Force Participation

57%

Employment Rate

10%

Unemployment Rate

Allentown Employment by Age

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Allentown Employment by Race

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Allentown Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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42.68%

Born in Allentown

81.21%

Native Born

18.79%

Foreign Born

9.69%

Non Citizen

9.10%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

81.21% of Allentown residents were born in the United States, with 42.68% having been born in Pennsylvania. 9.69% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Allentown Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
18301,5000.00%
18402,5001,0005.24%
18503,7791,2794.22%
18608,0254,2467.82%
187013,8845,8595.63%
188018,0634,1792.67%
189025,2287,1653.40%
190035,41610,1883.45%
191051,91316,4973.90%
192073,50221,5893.54%
193092,56319,0612.33%
194096,9044,3410.46%
1950106,7569,8520.97%
1960108,3471,5910.15%
1970109,8711,5240.14%
1980103,758-6,113-0.57%
1990105,0901,3320.13%
2000106,6321,5420.15%
2010118,03211,4001.02%
2011118,8137810.66%
2012119,5947810.66%
2013120,3757810.65%
2014121,1567810.65%
2015121,9377810.64%
2016122,7187810.64%
2017123,4997810.64%
2018124,2807810.63%
2019125,0617810.63%
2020125,8457840.63%
2021126,6267810.62%
2022127,4077810.62%

Allentown Population by Year