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DIVERSE, VIBRANT, AND CARING COMMUNITIES OF ALL SIZES MAKE UP THE LEHIGH VALLEY.

From the downtowns of its three cities to the main streets of smaller communities, Lehigh Valley has the right neighborhood for you to call home and find the perfect place to live. You will find world-class health care, outstanding educational opportunities, affordable housing options in urban, suburban, and rural settings, and more than enough things to do and places to eat. Lehigh Valley is the very definition of neighborhood living.

Top 10 U.S. Markets for Home Buyers between the ages of 18 and 35 *

(*Q3 2019 Generational Propensity Report – National Association of Realtors)

#1 Market in the Country for Improved Home Buying Affordability *

(*Q3 2019 Affordability Report – National Association of Realtors)

CONNECT WITH COMMUNITY

One common thread you’ll find across Lehigh Valley’s many cities, towns, and boroughs: Community engagement and interaction are as strong as ever. Residents give back through organizations ranging from Main Street development initiatives, local ambassador programs, and volunteer opportunities through diverse places of worship, arts communities, and nonprofits.

You’ll also find connections with like-minded groups through networking and affinity programming sponsored by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce with various business and diversity councils including Young Professionals, Hispanic, Women’s, African American Business Leaders, LGBTQ, Veterans & Military, and more. Organizations like the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Center take initiatives a step further offering community-driven programming at their brick and mortar location ranging from art gallery openings, performances, movie nights, and more. The organization also hosts the annual Pride festival each summer.

When you’re ready to dive in and get involved, consider connecting with some of these groups to establish a network through the region, and the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley can help connect you with organizations that fit your interests.

HOUSING OVERVIEW

$206,000 Median home sale price
$240,000 Median single-family detached home sale price
$185,000 Median condominium sale price
$153,000 Median townhouse sale price
$139,000 Median single-family attached home sale price
270,193 Housing units
$1,040 Median rent
$1,283 Average rent for 2-bedroom apartment
3% Annualized rent growth rate in 2019

*Data as of Q1 2020
Sources: LVEDC Research, Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors®; CoStar; Census Bureau.

WORLD-CLASS HEALTHCARE

Featuring major health providers including Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), St. Luke’s University Health Network, and Good Shepherd Rehabilitation, the region ranks among the best in the nation for a variety of specialties.

Medical students flock to the region to learn from these outstanding professionals:
• St. Luke’s boasts the nation’s oldest school of nursing and the region’s only four-year medical school, partnered
with Temple University.
• LVHN offers its prestigious “Select Program” with USF Health Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida.

COST OF LIVING

Lehigh Valley is among the most affordable metros its size in the country, and especially the Northeast.

Total cost of living compared with other Northeast metro areas:

  • 19% more affordable than Central NJ
  • 20% more affordable than Northern NJ
  • 44% more affordable than Boston
  • 53% more affordable than Washington D.C.
  • 73% more affordable than Brooklyn
  • 128% more affordable than Manhattan

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