These Are The 10 Best Allentown Suburbs


We analyzed over 28 places around Allentown to identify the most kickass place to live.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Allentown are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado, here are the 10 best suburbs around Allentown:

  1. Quake (Photos)
  2. Macungie
  3. Alburtis
  4. Walnutport
  5. Topton
  6. Freemansburg
  7. Emmaus (Photos)
  8. Helle
  9. North Catasauqua
  10. Nazareth (Photos)

If you happen to be a resident of Quake, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Allentown ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Allentown

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Allentown was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people

Then we used the 2010-2014 American Community Survey to research each suburb. FYI: We defined a suburb based on the Census’s designation of being part of an “Urban Cluster,” but not the main city of said urbanized area. For example, the Census considers all of these places to be part of the Allentown, Pa–Nj Urbanized Area.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 28 suburbs to evaluate around Allentown.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 28 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near Allentown.” We’re lookin’ at you, Quake.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

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1. Quake

Quake, Pennsylvania

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,939
Unemployment Rate: 7.4%
Median Home Price: $187,800
Median Income: $52,615

2. Macungie

Macungie, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,106
Unemployment Rate: 6.1%
Median Home Price: $182,400
Median Income: $56,991

3. Alburtis

Alburtis, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,372
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Median Home Price: $172,500
Median Income: $73,882

4. Walnutport

Walnutport, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,050
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Median Home Price: $160,900
Median Income: $60,684

5. Topton

Topton, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,275
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Median Home Price: $156,600
Median Income: $62,596

6. Freemansburg

Freemansburg, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,631
Unemployment Rate: 10.3%
Median Home Price: $165,700
Median Income: $60,708

7. Emmaus

Emmaus, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,291
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
Median Home Price: $176,400
Median Income: $55,929

8. Helle

Source: Google Maps

Population: 5,881
Unemployment Rate: 7.8%
Median Home Price: $178,000
Median Income: $53,768

9. North Catasauqua

North Catasauqua, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,844
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Median Home Price: $170,500
Median Income: $52,772

10. Nazareth

Nazareth, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,723
Unemployment Rate: 7.4%
Median Home Price: $161,000
Median Income: $53,208

Welcome to the ‘Burbs

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Allentown, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.
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Detailed List Of The Best Burbs To Live Around Allentown

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
Quake 1 8,939 7.4% $187,800 $52,615
Macungie 2 3,106 6.1% $182,400 $56,991
Alburtis 3 2,372 5.5% $172,500 $73,882
Walnutport 4 2,050 4.1% $160,900 $60,684
Topton 5 2,275 5.3% $156,600 $62,596
Freemansburg 6 2,631 10.3% $165,700 $60,708
Emmaus 7 11,291 5.9% $176,400 $55,929
Helle 8 5,881 7.8% $178,000 $53,768
North Catasauqua 9 2,844 4.9% $170,500 $52,772
Nazareth 10 5,723 7.4% $161,000 $53,208
Northampton 11 9,921 6.9% $159,200 $51,014
Wilson 12 7,852 7.5% $135,300 $48,099
Alpha 13 2,320 8.4% $188,300 $60,577
Coopersburg 14 2,286 7.8% $218,300 $52,237
Fountain Hill 15 4,610 6.1% $137,300 $45,617
Catasauqua 16 6,477 10.8% $151,800 $51,458
Bethlehem 17 75,050 9.3% $171,300 $46,902
Bangor 18 5,256 11.4% $153,000 $47,349
Lehighton 19 5,427 7.5% $133,900 $42,500
Coplay 20 3,214 12.1% $159,900 $42,344
Slatington 21 4,258 11.2% $124,700 $47,401
Easton 22 26,977 13.1% $130,700 $39,773
Wind Gap 23 2,724 5.8% $161,500 $32,106
Palmerton 24 5,382 4.6% $111,000 $44,833
Bath 25 2,684 13.3% $163,000 $47,434
Phillipsburg 26 14,717 13.1% $149,700 $44,214
Allentown 27 118,793 15.1% $128,700 $36,578
Pen Argyl 28 3,576 11.7% $128,000 $55,094

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