Allentown, Pennsylvania Population 2021

121,252
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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 Allentown was:

  • White: 62.28%
  • Black or African American: 14.74%
  • Other race: 14.67%
  • Two or more races: 4.61%
  • Asian: 2.87%
  • Native American: 0.72%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.11%
The current population of Allentown, Pennsylvania is 121,252based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 121,537.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 118,032.

Allentown, Pennsylvania Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White75,30262.28%
Black or African American17,82514.74%
Some Other Race17,73714.67%
Two or More Races5,5804.61%
Asian3,4652.87%
American Indian and Alaska Native8710.72%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1350.11%
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Allentown Population By Race

Allentown Population Pyramid 2021

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Allentown Median Age

31.6


Total

30.9


Male

32.5


Female

Allentown Adults

There are 89,007 adults, (14,345 of whom are seniors) in Allentown.

Allentown Age Dependency

61.9

Age Dependency Ratio

19.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

42.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Allentown Sex Ratio

Mujer

61,814

51.12%

Masculino

59,101

48.88%

Allentown Population by Age

Allentown Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Allentown Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married61.6%38.4%
All40.8%59.2%
Masculino35%65%
Non Family34.4%65.6%
Mujer23%77%

40.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Allentown Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All42,2452.7340.8
Non Family15,1911.3134.4
Married13,9243.5761.6
Mujer9,4543.5623
Masculino3,6763.335

3.35

Average Family Size

2.73

Average Household Size

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Allentown Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6,3878.63%
9th to 12th Grade9,14112.35%
High School Graduate28,13138.01%
Some College13,56518.33%
Associates Degree5,4887.42%
Bachelors Degree7,1019.60%
Graduate Degree4,1895.66%
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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
Hispanic33,24522,6751,979
White30,20226,5747,552
Other Race10,2086,522573
Black9,9528,259726
Asian2,2971,867853
2+ Races2,1221,633373
Native American46435626
Islander747

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 87.99%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 37.14%.

Allentown Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Masculino Mujer
Overall$30,220$32,471$26,109
Less Than 9th Grade$22,700$26,162$16,810
High School Graduate$26,701$30,635$22,108
Some College$31,480$36,847$28,428
Bachelors Degree$42,563$49,142$36,110
Graduate Degree$55,962$55,800$56,250

$30,220

Average Earnings

$32,471

Average Male

$26,109

Average Female

Allentown Earnings by Educational Attainment

Allentown Language by Age

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Allentown Language

52.85% of Allentown residents speak only English, while 47.15% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 40.10% of the population.

Allentown Language

Allentown Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic62,59120,57832.88%
White35,3295,54215.69%
Other17,3945,05029.03%
Black17,3224,07723.54%
Multiple5,3001,26123.79%
Native85340347.25%
Asian3,31335210.62%
Islander13512894.81%

25.70%

Overall Poverty Rate

23.61%

Male Poverty Rate

27.71%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Allentown

The race most likely to be in poverty in Allentown is Islander, with 94.81% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Allentown is Asian, with 10.62% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.61%. Among those working part-time, it was 28.66%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 38.08%.

Allentown Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade31.04%
High School21.18%
Some College18.52%
Bachelors or Greater7.47%

Allentown Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed48.88%
Male Unemployed32.03%
Female Employed14.29%
Male Employed9.93%

Allentown Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Allentown Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$41,167$56,842
Families$44,755$60,104
Married Families$63,721$80,414
Non Families$29,997$45,218
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Income by Household Type

Allentown Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

33.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

34.7%

Male Marriage Rate

31.8%

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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3,720

Number of Veterans

3,471

Male Veterans

249

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,230
Second Gulf War462
Korea450
First Gulf War358
World War II259

Allentown Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+1,157
65 to 74889
55 to 64790
35 to 54532
18 to 34352

Allentown Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White3,1345.39%
Hispanic6131.50%
Black3702.97%
2+ Races1003.48%
Other Race960.80%
Asian130.47%
Native American71.19%

Allentown Veterans by Race

Allentown Veterans by Education

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14.16%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.80%

Veteran Disability Rate

Allentown Veterans by Education

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63.1%

Labor Force Participation

56.8%

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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43.05%

Born in Allentown

80.78%

Native Born

19.22%

Foreign Born

9.70%

Non Citizen

9.52%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

80.78% of Allentown residents were born in the United States, with 43.05% having been born in Pennsylvania. 9.70% 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

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021121,252-95-0.08%
2020121,347-95-0.08%
2019121,442-95-0.08%
2018121,5374900.40%
2017121,0476270.52%
2016120,4203490.29%
2015120,0719040.76%
2014119,1673410.29%
2013118,826-52-0.04%
2012118,878960.08%
2011118,7826690.57%
2010118,11311,4811.03%
2000106,6321,5420.15%
1990105,0901,3320.13%
1980103,758-6,113-0.57%
1970109,8711,5240.14%
1960108,3471,5910.15%
1950106,7569,8520.97%
194096,9044,3410.46%
193092,56319,0612.33%
192073,50221,5893.54%
191051,91316,4973.90%
190035,41610,1883.45%
189025,2287,1653.40%
188018,0634,1792.67%
187013,8845,8595.63%
18608,0254,2467.82%
18503,7791,2794.22%
18402,5001,0005.24%
18301,5000.00%

Allentown Population by Year