Balanced, Diversified, & Growing

The Lehigh Valley’s gross domestic product (GDP) reached a record-high $43.3 billion* for 2019, growing by 5.7% from the previous year. *This figure excludes government spending

The private sector input of Lehigh Valley GDP of $43.3 billion is higher than that of the entire states of Alaska, Wyoming and Vermont, and if the Lehigh Valley were a country, it’s economy would be larger than 100 countries in the world.

The Lehigh Valley ranks 65th out of the 384 largest metropolitan statistical areas in the United States.

Manufacturing makes up $7.1 billion – or 16.3 percent – of the Lehigh Valley’s overall economic output. That’s a much higher percentage than its share of the national economy. Manufacturing is 12.5% of the U.S. economy, according to the BEA.

The Lehigh Valley is particularly noteworthy for its unusually balanced and multi-faceted economy. Far from depending on a single industry, the top four sub-sectors of the regional GDP are all extremely close to one another, which ultimately means a healthier and more vibrant regional economy. The Lehigh Valley has the most balanced and diversified economy in the entire state of Pennsylvania.

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Lehigh ValleyQuick Facts

By the Numbers
$41.2 Billion

2018 Gross Domestic Product

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City Center Lehigh Valley
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10.6% of Labor Force
Employed in Manufacturing

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Lehigh Valley Health Network
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$3.8 Billion

Exports in 2019

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Air Products
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Lehigh Valley Electricians
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$65,119

Median Household Income

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PPL Electric Utilities
By the Numbers
672,907

Population

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Olympus
By the Numbers
358,000

Labor Force

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26.1% of Labor Force
Employed in "Eds & Meds" sectors

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5,073

Technology Patents

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Mack Trucks
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UGI
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Magestic Realty Co
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NFI
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14% of the total community college degrees awarded in PA

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Wells Fargo
By the Numbers
$7.3 Billion

Manufacturing Contribution to GDP

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BB&T
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69th largest metropolitan area in the U.S. by population

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Key Bank
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10,754 degrees awarded by Lehigh Valley colleges (2017-18 academic year)

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St. Lukes University Health Network
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85,000 employed in "Eds & Meds" sectors

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149,000

Population between ages 18 and 34

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