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Emmaus is a borough in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It is located five miles southwest of Allentown, Pennsylvania in the Lehigh Valley region of the state. In 2007 and 2009, Emmaus was listed as one of the top 100 "Best Places to Live" in the United States by Money magazine.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.9 square miles, all land, though parts of the Little Lehigh Creek, a tributary of the Lehigh River, flow just outside of the Emmaus border with Salisbury Township. Emmaus borders South Mountain, a large mountain range. The town's elevation is 436 feet above sea level.
Emmaus was settled in the 1740s and dates its founding to 1759. For approximately 100 years, until the mid-19th century, it was a closed community of the Moravian Church. Iron ore was discovered nearby in the 19th century and served as a source of industrial growth for much of the 19th and 20th centuries. In 1859, the East Pennsylvania Railroad (later part of the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad) brought trains to Emmaus. That same year, the town was incorporated as a borough. In 1869, the town's first blast furnace opened. The largest iron company was Donaldson Iron Company, which made cat iron pipes and other products until the company closed in 1943. During the 19th century, Emmaus was also a center of silk and cigar manufacturing.
Emmaus is the global headquarters of Rodale, Inc, one of the world's largest publishers of health-related books and magazines, including Men’s Health,Prevention, Runner’s World and Women’s Health magazines. Yocco’s Hot Dogs, the Lehigh Valley-based fast food establishment known for their regionally-famous hot dogs and cheesesteaks, maintains its corporate headquarters in Emmaus.
Emmaus is served educationally by the East Penn School District, a public school district that accommodates kindergarten through 12th grade.
As of the 2010 census, the borough was (93.4%) White, (.015%) African American, (.014%) Asian, (.016%) from other races, and (.016%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were (.047%) of the population. There are 5,840 Females (52%) and 5,371 Males (47.9%) with the most population of 2,358 (21%) under 18 and 8,853 (78.9%) 18 and under. Ages 35-49 is the highest group 2,422 (21.6%) followed by 50-64 with 2,163 (19.2%), then 65 & over with 1,845 (16.4%), then 25-34 with 1,536 (13.7%), and finally 20-24 with 644 (0.57%).
More information is available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmaus,_Pennsylvania
and the borough’s official website at www.borough.emmaus.pa.us
Borough Office: 28 S Fourth St, Emmaus, 610-965-9292