Demographics of Allentown, Pennsylvania

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Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 486
1800 573 17.9%
1810 710 23.9%
1820 1,132 59.4%
1830 1,757 55.2%
1840 2,493 41.9%
1850 3,703 48.5%
1860 8,025 116.7%
1870 13,884 73.0%
1880 18,063 30.1%
1890 25,288 40.0%
1900 35,416 40.1%
1910 51,913 46.6%
1920 73,502 41.6%
1930 92,563 25.9%
1940 96,904 4.7%
1950 106,756 10.2%
1960 108,347 1.5%
1970 109,871 1.4%
1980 103,758 −5.6%
1990 105,090 1.3%
2000 106,632 1.5%
2010 118,032 10.7%

2010 Census[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 118,032 people residing in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The population density was 2,320.8/km² (6,011.5/mi²). There were 46,921 housing units. The racial makeup of the city was 58.51% White, 12.55% African American, 0.76% Native American, 2.15% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 20.97% from other races, and 5.01% from two or more races. 42.75% of the population were Hispanic or Latino.

Change from 2000 Census[edit]

The most radical change from the previous census was the rise in Hispanic population from 24.4% to 42.8% in only ten years.

Allentown Compared
2000 Census Allentown PA U.S.
Total population 106,632 12,281,054 281,421,906
Population, percent change, 1990 to 2000 +1.3% +3.14% +13.1%
Population density 6,011.5/sq mi 247/sq mi 80/sq mi
Median household income $32,016 $34,619 $41,994
Bachelor's degree or higher 15.4% 22.4.4% 24.4%
Foreign born 9.6% 5% 11%
White (non-Hispanic) 72.5% 85.4% 75.1%
Black 7.8% 10.01% 12.3%
Hispanic (any race) 24.4% 4.4% 12.5%
Asian 2.3% 1.8% 4.2%

There were 42,032 households in the city, of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18, 39.4% had married couples living together, 15.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.2% had non-families. 33.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The city's average household size is 2.42 and the average family size was 3.09.

The city's population broken down by age ranges was 24.8% under 18, 11.2% from 18-24, 29.8% from 25-44, 19.1% from 45-64, and 15.1% 65 years or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there are 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,016, and the median income for a family was $37,356. Males had a median income of $30,426 versus $23,882 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,282. 18.5% of the population and 14.6% of families were below the poverty line. 29.4% of those under the age of 18 and 10.3% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Religion[edit]

Allentown has a wide variety of religions. The Diocese of Allentown is the head of the Roman Catholic churches, while there is also a large Protestant population. There is also a Hindu temple and an Islamic mosque. The West End has a large Jewish population.

2006-2008 Estimates[edit]

Center City Allentown, Pennsylvania, 2010

As of 2006-2008 Census Bureau Estimates,[2] there were 111,025 people living in the city. There were 45,042 housing units in Allentown, with 8.5% of them vacant. The racial makeup of Allentown was:

The median age of the population was 32.8 years. The city's population broken down by age ranges was 8.4% under 5 years, 6.9% between 5 and 9 years, 6.5% between 10 and 14 years, 7.8% between 15 and 19 years, 8.0% between 20 and 24 years, 15.6% between 25 and 34 years, 13.3% between 35 and 44 years, 12.5% between 45 and 54 years, 4.5% between 55 and 59 years, 4.2% between 60 and 64 years, 5.6% between 65 and 74 years, 4.9% between 75 and 84 years, and 1.9% who were 85 years and older. There were 54,699 males and 56,326 females in the city.

Allentown had 17.4% of families and 21.1% of individuals living below the poverty line.

Ethnic groups[edit]

The largest ethnic groups in Allentown as of recent estimates are:

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