The third largest city in Pennsylvania, Allentown is home to over 118,000 residents. As one of the oldest major cities in the U.S., Allentown is steeped in rich history and culture. It served as the hiding place of the Liberty Bell and played a prominent role in the American Revolution. No fewer than 13 sites in the city find a place on the National Register of Historic Places. Allentown was also the inspiration for Billy Joel's blue-collar anthem, "Allentown". With its long history, strong culture and diverse population, Allentown remains one of the best loved towns in Pennsylvania.
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Housing Statistics Median home sales price in the city is $128,500, down from a high of $140,000 before the 2008 bust, but up nearly 17 percent over the same period last year. Average listing price has climbed steadily over the last year and now stands at nearly $198,000 across the city. Median rental prices, however, are relatively depressed at $900 - down nearly 12 percent over the same period last year. The number of transactions has remained unsteady over the last five years, dropping from a high over nearly 700 in 2007 to 400 in 2013. Nonetheless, Allentown remains a strong and growing real estate market, which is why many would-be home owners consider rent to own homes as an attractive alternative.
Local Sports Allentown has a strong sporting culture, especially when it comes to baseball. The sport got its start in the city way back in 1884. Today, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs - the only Major League affiliated baseball team in the city since 1960 - competes in the International League. Its home is in Coca-Cola Park, a brand new stadium built in 2008 that has quickly become a local pilgrimage site for baseball lovers. Allentown was also home to the Allentown Jets, one of the most dominant teams competing in the Eastern Professional Basketball League. Unfortunately, the team shut shop in 1981 and the city has been bereft of a major basketball team since. The city does have a strong hockey team - the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, which is an affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Tourist AttractionsAllentown's long and checkered history attracts hundreds and thousands of tourists to the city each year. The America on Rails Museum is a must-visit for rail enthusiasts and boasts some of the oldest locomotives in the country. The Allentown Art Museum in the Arts District is another popular attraction with a strong collection of American artworks, including works by Benjamin West, George Cope and Edward Moran. For a slice of history, you can visit the Lehigh County Heritage Center, the Haines Hill Museum, the Allentown Masonic Temple, and the Old Lehigh County Courthouse. If you want something a little more fun, take a trip to Lehigh Valley Laser Tag.
Neighborhoods As the county seat of Lehigh county and a population just over 118,000, Allentown is home to several distinct neighborhoods, such as:
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