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Lehigh County

Lehigh County is a county located in the Lehigh Valley region of the eastern part of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2013, the county's population was 349,497. Its county seat is Allentown, the state's third largest city behind Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. It is comprised of Boroughs, Townships, and Villages. The county, which was first settled around 1730, was formed in 1812 and is named after the Lehigh River, whose name is derived from the Delaware Indian term Lechauweki or Lechauwekink, meaning "where there are forks".

As of the 2013, the county was 81.4% White Non-Hispanic, 7.5% Black or African American, 0.8% Native American or Alaskan Native, 3.5% Asian, 0.0% Native Hawaiian, 2.9% were two or more races, and 8.6% were some other race. 18.8% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry. There are 180,185 Females (51.5%) and 169,312 Males (48.4%) with most of the population of 82,680 (23.6%) under 18 and 266,817 (76.3%) 18 and over. Ages 35-49 is the highest group 72,898 (20.8)% followed by 50-64 with 69,215 (19.8%), then 65 & over with 51,604 (14.7%), then 25-34 with 42,371 (12.1%) and finally 20-24 with 21,151 (.06.5%).

Most of the county's climate is considered to fall in the humid continental climate zone. Summers are typically hot and muggy, fall and spring are generally mild, and winter is cold. Precipitation is almost uniformly distributed throughout the year.

For the city of Allentown, January lows average −6 °C (21 °F) and highs average 1.3 °C (34.3 °F). The lowest officially recorded temperature was −26.7 °C (−16.1 °F) in 1912 . July lows average 17.6 °C (63.7 °F) and highs average 29.2 °C (84.6 °F), with an average relative humidity (morning) of 82%. The highest temperature on record was 40.6 °C (105.1 °F) in 1966. Early fall and mid winter are generally driest, with October being the driest month with only 74.7 mm of average precipitation.

Snowfall is variable, with some winters bringing light snow and others bringing numerous significant snowstorms. Average snowfall is 82.3 centimetres (32.4 in) per year, with the months of January and February receiving the highest at just over 22.86 centimetres (9.00 in) each. Rainfall is generally spread throughout the year, with eight to twelve wet days per month, at an average annual rate of 110.54 centimetres (43.52 in).

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