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Lehigh Valley Community

The Lehigh Valley is rich in both culture and history

The Lehigh Valley, known officially by the United States Census Bureau as the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ metropolitan area and referred to locally as The Valley and A-B-E, is a metropolitan region officially consisting of Lehigh and Northampton counties in eastern Pennsylvania and Warren county on the western edge of New Jersey, in the United States.

The Lehigh Valley is the fastest growing and third most populous region in the state of Pennsylvania with a population of 821,623 residents as of the 2010 U.S. Census. It is eclipsed in total population only by the metropolitan areas of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. It is the 64th most populated metropolitan area in the entire United States.

The region is named for the Lehigh River, which runs through it, and it is part of the Great Appalachian Valley.

Southside Bethlehem
Looking towards South Mountain

The Lehigh Valley's principal cities are Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton.

Historic Downtown Bethlehem
Historic Bethlehem, PA

A city rich in both culture and history, there are numerous ways to enjoy historic Bethlehem and each of them is as fun as they are informative.

Lehigh River through Southside Bethlehem
Bethlehem Steel and Lehigh River

For nearly a century, the Bethlehem Steel plant in Bethlehem served as the economic lifeblood of the community, employing tens of thousands of people.

Radius from major urban centers
Bethlehem, PA
Lehigh Valley

The Lehigh Valley is located approximately 50 miles north of Philadelphia, the country's fifth largest city, 80 miles east of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's capital, and 70 miles west of New York City. Recent census studies show it to be the fastest growing region in Pennsylvania.