You Can Have It All

Located one hour north of Philadelphia and 90 minutes west of New York City, Lehigh Valley is the 69th largest metropolitan region in the United States.

The Lehigh Valley’s GDP ranks 66th out of the 384 largest metropolitan areas in the United States, and is larger than that of the entire states of Vermont ($28.5 billion) and Wyoming ($32.8 billion). If the Lehigh Valley were a country, its economy would be the 90th largest in the world.

Lehigh Valley is a two-county region in eastern Pennsylvania consisting of 62 distinct municipalities and three cities; Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton. The Lehigh Valley is ideally suited for companies in the manufacturing, business services, food and beverage manufacturing, and the life sciences sectors.

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There are more than 15,000 businesses located within the beautiful Lehigh Valley, of all sizes and in virtually every industry, from global leaders to small start-ups. The region is the fastest growing and third most populous area in the state of Pennsylvania with a population of more than 675,000 residents.

Lehigh Valley was once-again recognized by Site Selection magazine as a Top 5 best performing region in the Northeastern United States, with the number of projects outranked only by New York, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Boston.

This marks the second consecutive year Lehigh Valley has been ranked in the Top 5 in Site Selection‘s prestigious Governor’s Cup Awards rankings.

The Lehigh Valley is the center of activity for several internationally-known companies who have been attracted to the region’s unique mix of economic assets, including its central location, superior workforce, well-developed transportation infrastructure, quality of life, and much more. Below are the leaders of some of those companies:

“The collaborative nature of businesses, economic, educational, and philanthropic organizations in the area that continually work to improve the quality of life here make it an outstanding location for our company, our employees, and their families.” — Seifi Ghasemi, CEO of Air Products

“The Lehigh Valley offered an area where we could provide market-leading benefits for employees, affordable housing options, and an excellent quality of life all around: everything from cost of living and good schools to recreational opportunities and easy access to cultural activities.” — Nacho Abia, CEO of Olympus Corporation of the Americas

If you’re interested in learning more about doing business here, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation is the best place to start. Call us today at (610) 266-6775.

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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$3.8 Billion

Exports in 2019

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Air Products
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$65,119

Median Household Income

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PPL Electric Utilities
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672,907

Population

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Olympus
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358,000

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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$7.3 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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Seedcopa
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10,754 degrees awarded by Lehigh Valley colleges (2017-18 academic year)

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Fuling
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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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