Among the many strategic advantages of locating or expanding a business in the Lehigh Valley is the affordable cost of living, especially compared with nearby big cities in the Northeast.

Want to see just how affordable we are? Use this convenient tool to compare the Lehigh Valley to other regions on cost-of-living data published quarterly by the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER). Just select a location from the drop-down menu of cities in the “Moving From” box to see the comparison.

Since 1968, C2ER’s Cost of Living Index has provided an accurate and reliable benchmark of expenses for food, housing, transportation, utilities, health care, and miscellaneous goods and services. C2ER is an independent, national organization of community research professionals. LVEDC is a member of C2ER.

Compare living expenses and you’ll see that the Lehigh Valley is the most affordable location within the largest and most attractive market in the U.S.

Lehigh ValleyQuick Facts

By the Numbers
$40.1 Billion

Gross Domestic Product

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City Center Lehigh Valley
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11% of Labor Force
Employed in Manufacturing

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$3.65 Billion

Exports

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Air Products
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$62,489

Median Household Income

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PPL Electric Utilities
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26,000

New Jobs Created Over Past 5 Years

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National Penn
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669,899

Population

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Olympus
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345,260

Labor Force

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Lutron Electronics
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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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NFI
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14% of the total community college degrees awarded in PA

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$7.4 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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Seedcopa
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10,328 degrees awarded by colleges and universities

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Fuling
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81,000 employed in "Eds & Meds" sectors

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26.97%

Population between ages 18 and 34

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