Lehigh Valley

The Lehigh Valley is a region in eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey, considered part of the larger Philadelphia Region in the United States. It is 60 miles north of Philadelphia, the nation's fifth largest city, and 90 miles west of New York City, the nation's largest city. The Valley has a population of over 800,000 people.

The Lehigh Valley encompasses Lehigh and Northampton Counties, and its three largest cities are Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton.




A thriving industrial center in the 19th century, its struggles in the "post-industrial" 20th century became the lyrics of a famous song by Billy Joel named after "Allentown," its biggest city. Lehigh Valley has begun to turn itself around with some success through tourism with several outlying ski resorts, an amusement park, Minor League Baseball team, a casino, concerts and cultural festivals year round. It also has become an increasingly popular bedroom community for those with professional jobs in New York City and Philadelphia. The Lehigh Valley is 730 square miles.

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Get in

By plane

It's not a major airport like in New York City or Philadelphia, but it's larger than your average small airport. Airlines include Allegiant Air, American, Delta, and United Express. There are no direct flights from any other countries besides the United States, but travellers can get to LVIA after switching flights at another airport.

By bus

Get around

There are a few different ways to travel throughout the valley. LANTA provides bus service to major areas. You can call for a taxi, although it is unlikely to find them just driving on the streets. Other ways are renting a car or walking.


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Stay safe

Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton all experience crime. Much of the crime is gang-related, so try to stay out of poor neighborhoods and housing projects. The main gangs are 18th Street, Black Dragons, Bloods, Crips, Latin Kings, Los Solidos, Mexican Mafia, and MS-13 in the area. They are the most violent gangs in the country.

Graffiti is also common, especially in Allentown and also on Bethlehem's South Side. Theft is an issue, so be sure to lock cars and stay out of certain areas at night. Prostitution and street drag racing are also issues in Lehigh Valley. Avoid walking alone late at night or on unlit streets or wandering too far off the main streets. If homeless approach you for change, just keep walking if you do not want to give anything. Pickpocketing is not a large problem, but still do not flash around your money.

In 2006, Allentown had 16 murders, 42 rapes, and 6059 property crimes. The crime index was 6667.5 per 100,000 in 2006, while the national average was only 4479.3. Allentown and Easton have crime rates almost twice the national average in every category, including rape, robbery, theft, auto theft, murder, assault, and burglary. Allentown is definitely the most crime-ridden city in Lehigh Valley. Rougher areas include Northern Allentown, South Bethlehem, and Pembroke in East Bethlehem. Crime is more likely to happen in those areas but can happen anywhere else.


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