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The counties of Lehigh and Northampton, together comprised of 731 square miles, are located in the central eastern portion of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Region, referred to as the Lehigh Valley, is bounded on the north by the Blue Mountain, on the east by the Delaware River and on the south by the Lehigh Mountain Range -- known as South Mountain. To the west, the plain breaks into low, rolling hills which rise to form a divide between lands drained by the Lehigh and Schuylkill Rivers.
Warren County is comprised of 365 square miles with a population density of 281 per square mile. The county boasts 110,000 acres of woodland.
The region is located within 300 miles of all the large, metropolitan areas of the eastern United States and is particularly accessible to Philadelphia and New York City.
The area enjoys a moderate climate with an annual average temperature of 51 degrees Fahrenheit.
The region was first settled in the 1730’s. The county of Northampton was established in 1752; in 1812 the county of Lehigh was established. The county of Warren in New Jersey was founded in 1825 and was first settled in the early 18th Century.
There are 81 properties or districts in the two – county area that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Nearly all local governments in the Lehigh Valley have a comprehensive plan, zoning ordinance and subdivision regulations. Residents of the Greater Lehigh Valley enjoy the urban qualities of a healthy and diverse economy, high quality health care, excellent educational institutions, an abundance of retail shopping and numerous cultural and entertainment events. At the same time, they appreciate the comforts and conveniences of small town life – affordable housing and friendly people.
The Greater Lehigh Valley is a region with many employment opportunities in a variety of areas, such as retail and trade industries, manufacturing, healthcare establishments and educational institutions.
The Greater Lehigh Valley has four cities: Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton in Pennsylvania, and Phillipsburg in New Jersey.
All cities departments include fire, library, police and public works, and offer high quality service to the residents of the Greater Lehigh Valley.