What do apartments cost in Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton?

Average apartment costs in Lehigh Valley’s three cities

With a cost of living that’s roughly half of what it is in New York, you can work in Lehigh Valley or telecommute from home and enjoy a fantastic quality of life without having to sacrifice the things you love. If you’re interested in a change of pace, check out apartments in Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton. If you’re ready to dive right in and purchase a home, the region was also recently ranked among the best markets in the country for homeowners, according to realtor.com.

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.

Allentown, PA

Allentown is Pennsylvania’s third most populous behind Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, and one of the fastest growing cities in the state. The city is known for its award-winning park system, Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, and minor league sports including the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies) and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers).

It’s home to a newly revitalized downtown with more than $1 billion of new investment in the last decade alone. The city’s primary developer, City Center Allentown, has built 900 brand new apartments in recent years with another 800 in planning and development.

  • Population: 121,433 (2018)
  • Percentage of residents between age 20-44: 37.5%
  • Location: About 90 miles west of New York City and 60 miles north of Philadelphia
BedsAverage Square Ft.Average Rent
1 Bedroom697$905
2 Bedroom893$1,067
3 Bedroom1,287$1,656
Source: Apartments.com/Allentown-PA (August 2020)

Bethlehem, PA

Bethlehem, a.k.a. the Christmas City, is Lehigh Valley’s second largest city, steeped in rich industrial and colonial history dating back to 1742. Don’t let the history fool you – it’s far from a sleepy town. The city is also home to Lehigh University, Moravian College, Wind Creek Casino, and Musikfest, voted the #1 Best Music Festival in North America by USA Today’s 10Best (2019, 2020).

You’ll find more than 1,000 musical events and a ton of festivals throughout the year, with passionate small businesses, trendy restaurants and America’s oldest bookstore, the Moravian Book Shop, dating back to 1745. Recent apartment developments in Bethlehem include 510Flats, a few blocks away from the iconic SteelStacks campus and the casino.

  • Population: 75,790 (2018)
  • Percentage of residents between age 20-44: 36.8%
  • Location: About 85 miles west of New York City and 60 miles north of Philadelphia
BedsAverage Square Ft.Average Rent
1 Bedroom687$1,034
2 Bedroom969$1,260
3 Bedroom1,374$1,567
Source: Apartments.com/Bethlehem-PA (August 2020)

Easton, PA

Easton is the eastern-most city in Lehigh Valley, home to a historic downtown district with diverse and architecturally rich neighborhoods. It has a small-town vibe reminiscent of an artists’ colony (it is home to Crayola, after all) and sits at the fork of the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers.

The Easton Farmers Market sets up each Saturday morning throughout the year and is the oldest continuous open-air market in the nation. If you want to take your shopping indoors, the Easton Public Market features a passionate group of entrepreneurs, farmers and chefs who are committed to their craft.

New apartments have been built recently at the Simon Silk Mill, a creative live-work complex with 160+ apartments and 30+ commercial businesses.

  • Population: 27,216 (2018)
  • Percentage of residents between age 20-44: 36.8%
  • Location: About 75 miles west of New York City and 60 miles north of Philadelphia
BedsAverage Square Ft.Average Rent
1 Bedroom663$1,060
2 Bedroom965$1,232
3 Bedroom1,436$1,649
Source: Apartments.com/Easton-PA (August 2020)

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