The Lehigh Valley is home to historic Bethlehem, the iconic Crayola Experience and one of Billy Joel’s favorite cities (Allentown, if you didn’t know). The Valley is also one of the top five best-performing regions of its size for economic development in the country, according to Site Selection Magazine, which is probably why working folk are flocking to the area like moths to a flame.
The growth of the area’s economy isn’t the only reason it’s a great idea to move here; below is a short list of things the Lehigh Valley has to offer newcomers.
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
In the 19th century, the steel industry was booming, and the Lehigh Valley was part of that boom thanks to the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, the second-largest manufacturer of steel in the country. The area was also big in cement and apparel until the 20th century when the industrial manufacturing industry began to move offshore and overseas. Luckily for the area, it shifted its economic focus more towards financial services, health care and technology, all of which are still prosperous industries in the Valley.
DiscoverLehighValley.com boasts that the area has over 15,000 companies looking for employees and thanks to the diversity of organizations that call the Lehigh Valley home, there’s sure to be a perfect opportunity for anyone who’s looking.
Healthcare is Great!
Thanks to the prosperity in jobs, especially in the field of health care and medicine, the healthcare in the Lehigh Valley is great. For example, the Lehigh Valley Health Network was just honored by the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania for its excellence in patient safety. LVHN is among only 24 hospitals being recognized this year.
Additionally, a number of colleges and universities in the area, like Cedar Crest College in Allentown and Moravian College in Bethlehem, have successful medical professional programs as well as nursing programs. No matter what, your health will be well taken care of by outstanding hospital organizations and well-educated graduates.
Speaking of superior schooling, the Lehigh Valley is home to 13 of the 271 best high schools in the state, according to Niche.com, “the best place to research US colleges, schools, neighborhoods and companies.” Parkland High School in Allentown, Emmaus High School in Emmaus and Saucon Valley High School in Hellertown were the three highest-ranking schools, placing #37, #56 and #93 respectively.
Higher education is pretty good, too, and not just the medical fields. Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Lafayette College in Easton and Muhlenberg College in Allentown were all ranked as some of the best 4-year colleges and universities in the state by Niche.com. All three placed in the top 15 schools (Muhlenberg at #15, Lafayette at #9 and Lehigh at #5). Lehigh and Lafayette even placed in the top 100 best 4-year schools in the country, coming in at #55 and #82 respectively. It’s safe to say that if you’re looking for quality education, both secondary and higher, the Lehigh Valley is your best bet.
So Many Activities!
One thing’s for sure: you’ll never be bored in the Lehigh Valley, whether you’re a working adult or a family with children, there’s plenty to do in the area to keep you occupied.
One of the most iconic and well-known Lehigh Valley brands is Crayola, headquartered right in Easton. Not only is the HQ in the Valley, but the OG Crayola Experience is, too! If you don’t know what the Crayola Experience is, it’s an interactive, creative, colorful adventure for people of all ages.
The Valley is also home to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, the home of many legendary roller coasters and thrill rides over the years, like Steel Force, the ninth longest steel coaster in the world, and Thunderhawk, one of the oldest operating coasters in the world. It’s located in South Whitehall Township, just between Allentown and Emmaus, giving the entire Lehigh Valley easy access to the park.
Amusement for Adults
While family fun is enjoyable, sometimes you want to enjoy yourself without the kids in tow. Or maybe you’re someone who just doesn’t have children and is looking for recreation without small, loud people running about. The Lehigh Valley has activities for those folks, too. For example, Wind Creek Bethlehem is one of only 13 authorized gambling sites in the state and it’s located right in the Valley!
There are also a number of festivals hosted in the Valley like Musikfest and the Celtic Classic in Bethlehem and the Great Allentown Fair. The Valley is also home to numerous breweries and wineries, many of which make appearances at these festivals. I mean, what could be more fun than listening to great music while sipping a local brew?
Sports are pretty big in the Lehigh Valley, especially hockey and baseball. The local hockey team is the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers. The Phantoms were established in 1996 as the Philadelphia Phantoms, then would be renamed to the Adirondack Phantoms, calling Glens Falls, New York home. In 2012, after the construction of the PPL Center in Allentown, the team relocated to the Lehigh Valley.
In the baseball world, the Lehigh Valley belongs to the IronPigs, the triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. The term ‘IronPig’ is a reference to pig iron, which was used in the manufacturing of steel. The IronPigs have called the Lehigh Valley home since 2008 and although they haven’t won a championship yet (they did come close to claiming the Governor’s Cup in 2011), the Pigs have led the North Division of the MiLB in attendance for nearly nine years.
With its thriving job market and economy, upbeat and active sports culture and commendable school systems, the Lehigh Valley is a promising choice for your next home. Check out this listing right in downtown Palmerton if you’re definitely interested in relocating to the Valley.