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Allentown (Pennsylvania Dutch: Allenschteddel) is a city located in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, in the Unites States. It is Pennsylvania's third most populous city, after Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and the 216th largest city in the Unites States. It was in 1762 that a little settlement of 12 cabins, which founder William Allen called "Northampton Towne," became officially registered as a location after a storekeeper there gave birth. And it was John Adams who passed through it as a small farming village in 1777, and called the place "Allen's Town." As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 118,032 and is currently the fastest growing city in Pennsylvania. It is also the county seat of Lehigh County, . In 2012, the city celebrated the 250th anniversary of its founding in 1762.
Here are some highlights in the city's varied history: *When the Declaration of Independence was read publicly for the first time in Allentown on July 8, 1776, it was read in English and German. *The actual Liberty Bell was hidden under the floor at Zion's United Church of Christ on Hamilton Street during the American Revolution so that it wouldn't be melted down to made into a cannon. *The Alburtis L. Meyers Bridge (Eighth Street Bridge) was the longest and highest concrete bridge in the world when it was opened to traffic in 1913. *The Great Allentown Fair is among the oldest fairs in the country and once featured horse racing.
Pop Culture: *Allentown is mentioned in the 2011 movie "The Hangover Part II" when Ed Helms sings a cover of Billy Joel's song "Allentown." *In the Saturday Night Live skit "Good Excuse" in January 2009, a guest is urged to tell his girlfriend, as an excuse for his breakup with her, that his company is relocating to Allentown. *Allentown is mentioned in the 2008 movie, "The Wrestler" as where Mickey Rourke (Randy "The Ram" Robinson) had wrestled leading up to his comeback. *Allentown is mentioned in the opening lyric of the Frank Zappa song "200 Years Old," which appears on his 1975 album Bongo Fury. *In Sarah Strohmeyer novels published between 2001 and 2006, the fictional character Bubbles Yablonsky lives in the Allentown area.
Allentown is a two-time winner of the All-American City Award, being recognized in 1962 and 1974–1975. Allentown was named the 12th most conservative city in America by the non-partisan Bay Area Center.
As of the 2010 census, the city was 58.5% White Non-Hispanic, 12.5% Black or African American, .007% Native American or Alaskan Native, .02% Asian, and 20.9% were some other race. 42.7% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry. There are 61,163 Females (51.8%) and 56,869 Males (48.1%) with most of the population of 30,937 (26.2%) under 18 and 87,095 (73.7%) 18 and over. Ages 35-49 is the highest group 22,453 (19%) followed by 50-64 with 19,017 (16.1%), then 25-34 with 17,131 (14.3%), then 65 & over with 14,021 (11.8%) and finally 20-24 with 10,094 (.08.5%).
Prior to the 1830s, Allentown was a small town with only local markets. The arrival of the Lehigh Canal, however, expanded the city's commerce and industrial capacity greatly. Railroads, such as the Lehigh Valley Railroad, were vital to the movement of raw materials and finished goods, and employed a significant workforce during this time. This period of rapid economic growth in the region was halted by two events, the Panic of 1873 and the Long Depression. In addition to the iron and railroad industries, Allentown also had a strong tradition in the brewing of beer and was home to several notable breweries, including the Horlacher Brewery (founded 1897, closed 1978), the Neuwiler Brewery (founded 1875, closed 1968) and Schaefer Beer, whose brewery was later owned by Pabst Brewing Company and Guinness but is now owned by the Boston Beer Company, maker of Samuel Adams.
More information is available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allentown,_Pennsylvania
and the city’s official website at www.allentownpa.gov
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