The Lehigh Valley – population more than 600,000, is home to the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton, and is what the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporations coins as “living life right”. Our many attractions, proximity to New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, events, historical sites, businesses and excellent quality of life make the region a perfect place to live, work and prosper. This must be why so many people are declaring the Lehigh Valley their permanent address. Both long-time residents and recent newcomers from across the country are thrilled with the low cost of living in the Lehigh Valley when paired with the amenities available. When it comes to your home, the Lehigh Valley is unquestionably one of the finest places to build.
Our region offers much more value than most other Northeastern areas with easy access to major cities, and you’ll find that your housing dollars buy you more in the Lehigh Valley. The unemployment rate in the Valley is also one of the lowest in the state and well below the national average, in part because we are home to some of the nation’s top companies, including PPL Corp., Air Products and Chemicals, both of which are Fortune 500 companies, and Olympus Inc. Other large companies, such as Agere Systems, Lutron Electronics Co. Inc., Mack Trucks, Inc., Day-Timers, Crayola, and Just Born, Inc. also are headquartered in the Lehigh Valley. Additional firms such as Dun & Bradstreet Information Services, Wachovia, Guinness Beverage Corporation and Kraft Foods have large divisions located locally. The many technical colleges and large technology employment base created by the groundbreaking research of long time local inhabitant Bell Labs have created a unique technology base for an area the size of the Lehigh Valley.
With our growing local collection of technology, biotech, and pharmaceutical companies, the Lehigh Valley is unquestionably the right place to be when it comes to career growth. Recreational opportunities also abound – countless golf courses and country clubs, major department stores and malls, an active arts and culture arena, the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail, beautiful public parks, ski areas, and numerous events occur every day to keep residents busy!
For the outdoor enthusiast, to the north of Allentown lies the base of the scenic Blue Mountain’s ridge of the Appalachian Mountains and to the south, a small mountain ridge called South Mountain, separating Allentown from the Saucon Valley/Southern Lehigh suburbs. Hiking trails, bird watching and biking opportunities abound in these mountains.
With an enrollment of more than 45,000 students in our eleven colleges and universities, and many first-rate public and private schools for students, the Lehigh Valley is at the pinnacle when it comes to learning. Parkland School District ranks almost 20% higher than much of the state in reading and math proficiency and East Penn Schools are in the same realm. Both consistently climb in ranking year after year, and are impressively, in the top 3% of school districts in the state! Our hospitals are among the best in the nation.
The Lehigh Valley Hospital & Health Network is considered one of the country’s finest regional hospitals, in fact U.S. News & World Report released is “America’s Best Hospitals” list for 2006, naming LVH among the top 50 hospitals nationwide for cancer care, digestive disorders, endocrinology, heart care and heart surgery, kidney disease, orthopedics, respiratory disorders and urology. In 2003, Lehigh Valley Hospitals’ three hospitals were honored to receive the prized National Quality Health Care award. St. Luke’s is nationally recognized for excellence.
St. Luke’s has twice been chosen as one of the nation’s best hospitals, according to the 100 Top Hospitals: Benchmark for Success Study (1997, 2001). St. Luke’s is the only hospital in our region to have been included in this prestigious study. St. Luke’s Regional Heart Center was aldo ranked as one of the nation’s best heart hospitals in U.S. News & World Report’s annual America’s Best Hospitals issues in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 & 2004 and by the 100 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals: 1999 (two awards), 2001, 2002 & 2003 studies. In addition, St. Luke’s was honored in the 100 Top ICU Hospitals study (2000). St. Luke’s has been named one of the Best Places to work in PA (2003, 2004, 2005). With abundant indoor and outdoor recreational amenities, welcoming people, reasonably priced housing, urban style and countryside charm, the Lehigh Valley really is the perfect place to settle, live, play, work and grow.
UGI Gas: (800) 276-2722 www.ugi.com
PP&L Electric: (800) 342-5775 www.pplresources.com
RCN for Phone, Cable & Internet: (800) 746-4726 www.rcn.com/lehighvalley
Service Electric for Phone, Cable & Internet: (610) 865-9100
Lehigh County Water Authority for Water & Sewer: (610) 398-1444 www.lehighcountyauthority.org
Rosemont College (610) 366-1963 www.rosemont.edu
Penn State (610) 285-5000 www.lv.psu.edu
Kutztown University of PA (610) 683-4000 www.kutztown.edu
Cedar Crest College (610) 437-4471 www.cedarcrest.edu
Lehigh University (484) 664-3100 www.lehigh.edu
Muhlenberg College (610) 758-3000 www.muhlenberg.edu
Lafayette College (610) 330-5000 www.lafayette.edu
Moravian College (610) 861-1320 www.moravian.edu
Desales University (610) 282-1100 www.desales.edu
Swain School (610) 433-4542 www.swain.org
Moravian Academy (610) 868-8571 www.moravian.k12.pa.us
Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom (610) 395-3724 www.dorneypark.com
Trexler-Lehigh County Game Preserve (610) 799-4171 www.gamepreserve.org
Bob Rodale Cycling and Fitness Park (610) 820-3129 www.lvvelo.org
Trexler Park (610) 437-7628 www.allentownpa.org/parks.htm
The Rose Garden (610) 437-7628 www.allentownpa.org/parks.htm
Baum Art School (610) 433-0032 www.baumschool.org
Banana Factory (610) 332-1300 www.bananafactory.org
Allentown Art Museum (610) 432-4333 www.allentownartmuseum.org
Allentown Municipal Golf Course (610) 395-5108 www.allentownpa.org
Shepherd Hills Golf Club (610) 391-0644
South Mall (610) 791-0606 www.shopsouthmall.com
Lehigh Valley Mall (610) 264-5511 www.lehighvalleymall.com
Wegman’s Food Markets (610) 336-7900 www.wegmans.com
The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley (901) 818-2527 www.stanbery.com
Walmart (610) 530-1400 www.wal-mart.com
Emmaus Main Street Program (610) 965-6279 www.emmausmainstreet.com
Mayfair Festival of the Arts (610) 437-6900 www.mayfairfestival.org
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (610) 282-WILL www.pashakespeare.org
Musikfest (610) 861-0678 www.fest.org
The Great Allentown Fair (610) 435-SHOW www.allentownfairpa.org
Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem (610) 861-0678 www.fest.org
Carl R. Bieber Tourways (800) BIEBER-4 www.biebertourways.com
Greyhound Bus Lines (800) 231-2222 www.greyhound.com
LANTA (610) 776-RIDE www.lantabus.com
Trans-Bridge Lines, Inc. (610) 776-TOUR www.transbridgebus.com