Lehigh County, PA

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2022 Population
374,110
0.434% 1-year growth
US Senator
Bob Casey Jr.
Democratic Party
US Senator
John Fetterman
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
38.9
0.258% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
11.9%
1.29% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$74,973
7.97% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$254,500
13.3% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
183,365
1.12% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Lehigh County, PA had a population of 374k people with a median age of 38.9 and a median household income of $74,973. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Lehigh County, PA grew from 372,492 to 374,110, a 0.434% increase and its median household income grew from $69,440 to $74,973, a 7.97% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Lehigh County, PA are White (Non-Hispanic) (60.7%), Two+ (Hispanic) (9.02%), White (Hispanic) (8.8%), Other (Hispanic) (7.88%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.77%).

None of the households in Lehigh County, PA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

94% of the residents in Lehigh County, PA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lehigh County, PA are DeSales University (964 degrees awarded in 2022), Lehigh Carbon Community College (953 degrees), and Muhlenberg College (639 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Lehigh County, PA was $254,500, and the homeownership rate was 65%.

Most people in Lehigh County, PA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 24.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Lehigh County, PA was 2 cars per household.

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Population & Diversity

Lehigh County, PA is home to a population of 374k people, from which 94% are citizens. As of 2022, 12.8% of Lehigh County, PA residents were born outside of the country (47.9k people).

In 2022, there were 6.73 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (227k people) in Lehigh County, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 33.8k Two+ (Hispanic) and 32.9k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

94%
2022 Citizenship
94%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 94% of Lehigh County, PA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Lehigh County, PA was 94%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Lehigh County, PA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    227k ± 610
  2. Two+ (Hispanic)
    33.8k ± 2.53k
  3. White (Hispanic)
    32.9k ± 2.46k
27.2%
Hispanic Population
102k people

In 2022, there were 6.73 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (227k people) in Lehigh County, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 33.8k Two+ (Hispanic) and 32.9k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

27.2% of the people in Lehigh County, PA are hispanic (102k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Lehigh County, PA as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. India
    99,082 ± 7,698 people
  2. Dominican Republic
    90,229 ± 7,349 people
  3. China
    69,880 ± 6,473 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Pennsylvania was India, the natal country of 99,082 Pennsylvania residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 90,229 and China with 69,880.

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Foreign-Born Population

12.8%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
47.9k people
12.6%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
46.8k people

As of 2022, 12.8% of Lehigh County, PA residents (47.9k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Lehigh County, PA was 12.6%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    6,335 ± 548
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    2,567 ± 447
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    2,432 ± 401

Lehigh County, PA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.47 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Lehigh County, PA employs 183k people. The largest industries in Lehigh County, PA are Health Care & Social Assistance (31,756 people), Manufacturing (24,613 people), and Retail Trade (21,635 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($87,024), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($78,125), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($68,750).

Males in Pennsylvania have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $62,610. The income inequality in Pennsylvania (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

183k
2022 Value
± 3,549
1.12%
1 Year growth
± 2.69%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Lehigh County, PA grew at a rate of 1.12%, from 181k employees to 183k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lehigh County, PA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (19,429 people), Management Occupations (18,826 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (17,944 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lehigh County, PA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

183k
2022 Value
± 3,549
1.12%
1 Year growth
± 2.69%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Lehigh County, PA grew at a rate of 1.12%, from 181k employees to 183k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lehigh County, PA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (31,756 people), Manufacturing (24,613 people), and Retail Trade (21,635 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lehigh County, PA, though some of these residents may live in Lehigh County, PA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$53,090
Median earning men ± $1,843
$36,435
Median earning women ± $1,212

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($76,869), Information ($71,119), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($70,349).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($56,274), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($50,924), and Wholesale Trade ($48,917).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.78%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 6.03M people employed in Pennsylvania. This represents a 2.78% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 18.1%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Pennsylvania.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 4,177
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 1,876
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services
  3. 1,858
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Lehigh County, PA went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 53.2% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (45.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.17%).

Bob Casey Jr. and John Fetterman are the senators currently representing the state of Pennsylvania. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Pennsylvania is currently represented by 17 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Pennsylvania

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Bob Casey Jr.
Senator from Pennsylvania1
Assumed office on January 3, 2007
John Fetterman
Senator from Pennsylvania3
Assumed office on January 3, 2023

Bob Casey Jr. and John Fetterman are the senators currently representing Pennsylvania.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is currently represented by 17 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Pennsylvania have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Lehigh County, PA awarded 4,341 degrees. The student population of Lehigh County, PA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 5,037 male students and 10,022 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lehigh County, PA are White (2,563 and 59.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (838 and 19.4%), Black or African American (328 and 7.59%), and Unknown (265 and 6.13%).

The largest universities in Lehigh County, PA by number of degrees awarded are DeSales University (964 and 22.2%), Lehigh Carbon Community College (953 and 22%), and Muhlenberg College (639 and 14.7%).

The most popular majors in Lehigh County, PA are General Business Administration & Management (308 and 7.1%), Registered Nursing (307 and 7.07%), and Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (202 and 4.65%).

The median tuition costs in Lehigh County, PA are $43,043 for private four year colleges, and $14,624 and $24,318 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Lehigh County, PA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 76.3%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 17.9%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 15,059 (33.4% men and 66.6% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 15,059 students enrolled in Lehigh County, PA, 33.4% men and 66.6% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 8,778 records, of which 65.8% were women and 34.2% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 166 degrees awarded
  2. 137 degrees awarded
  3. 133 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Lehigh County, PA was Registered Nursing with 166 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Lehigh County, PA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 964 degrees awarded
  2. 953 degrees awarded
  3. 639 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was DeSales University with 964 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 1,323 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lehigh County, PA, which is 0.438 times less than the 3,018 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 2,563 degrees mean that there were 3.06 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 838 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($43,043) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,710) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private for-profit, less-than 2-year ($2,311) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.733% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.743% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (3.5M), Bachelors Degree (1.98M), and Some college (1.83M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lehigh County, PA was $254,500 in 2022, which is 0.903 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $224,700 to $254,500, a 13.3% increase. The homeownership rate in Lehigh County, PA is 65%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Lehigh County, PA have an average commute time of 24.7 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Lehigh County, PA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Lehigh County, PA is $74,973. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Lehigh County, PA was Census Tract 62.04 with a value of $155,223, followed by Census Tract 63.04 and Census Tract 69.03, with respective values of $153,333 and $139,318.

In 2022, 15.7% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Lehigh County, PA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 0.642%.

Property

$254,500
Median Property Value 2022
±$5,244
$92,474
Median Property Taxes
±$2,036

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lehigh County, PA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

65%
Homeownership
2022
61.3%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 65% of the housing units in Lehigh County, PA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 64.7%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 62.04
  2. Census Tract 63.04
  3. Census Tract 69.03

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lehigh County, PA was Census Tract 62.04 with a value of $155,223, followed by Census Tract 63.04 and Census Tract 69.03, with respective values of $153,333 and $139,318.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Lehigh County, PA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$74,973
Median Household Income
± $1,499
142k
Number of Households
± 2,943

In 2022, the median household income of the 142k households in Lehigh County, PA grew to $74,973 from the previous year's value of $69,440.

The following chart displays the households in Lehigh County, PA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Lehigh County, PA is from Pennsylvania.
0.466
2022 Wage GINI in Pennsylvania
0.467
2021 Wage GINI in Pennsylvania

In 2022, the income inequality in Pennsylvania was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.123% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Pennsylvania was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Pennsylvania in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (75.4%)
  2. Worked At Home (10.5%)
  3. Carpooled (8.67%)

In 2022, 75.4% of workers in Lehigh County, PA drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (10.5%) and those who carpooled to work (8.67%).

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Commute Time

24.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lehigh County, PA have a shorter commute time (24.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.99% of the workforce in Lehigh County, PA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 15.7% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Lehigh County, PA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 0.642%.

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Poverty & Diversity

11.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lehigh County, PA (43.6k out of 365k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Lehigh County, PA is Hispanic, followed by White and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 18.6% of the children was living in poverty in Lehigh County, PA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.5%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 231 in Lehigh County, PA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 51 per 100,000 population.

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Health

93.5% of the population of Lehigh County, PA has health coverage, with 50.8% on employee plans, 19.3% on Medicaid, 13.2% on Medicare, 9.45% on non-group plans, and 0.735% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Lehigh County, PA see 962 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.53% decrease from the previous year (987 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1141 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 485 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.5% were men and 51.5% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

962 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Lehigh County, PA

Primary care physicians in Lehigh County, PA see an average of 962 patients per year. This represents a 2.53% decrease from the previous year (987 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Lehigh County, PA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 24.2% under 18 years, 20.9% between 18 and 34 years, 38.4% between 35 and 64 years, and 16.4% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.5% were men and 51.5% were women.

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Uninsured People

6.45%
Uninsured
50.8%
Employer Coverage
19.3%
Medicaid
13.2%
Medicare
9.45%
Non-Group
0.735%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lehigh County, PA grew by 0.843% from 6.4% to 6.45%.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 44.4 in Lehigh County, PA.

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Health Behaviors

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In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 37.4% in Lehigh County, PA.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 8.06% in Lehigh County, PA.

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