Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
Lehigh Valley Profile
Lehigh Valley Profile + Trends Report - 2014
Lehigh Valley Profile + Trends Report - 2013
This report provides a compilation of statistics and graphics which summarize existing conditions and past and projected trends in the “Lehigh Valley” (Lehigh and Northampton counties). It is designed for use by planners, public officials, private organizations and individuals interested in growth and development in the Lehigh Valley.
Location + Access Overview
The following are various economic documents that have been created by the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission staff. To get the maximum size the files will open in the full window of your browser. To return to this page, you will have to either close the new window that appears or hit the back button, depending on the browser being used.
This document contains the Consumer Price Index
This document identifies the population data for Lehigh and Northampton Counties, Pennsylvania and the U.S. for various industry groups.
This document analyzes each municipality in the two county region and shows the estimates in 2010 for the various land uses.
This document shows the history and forecast for employment in Lehigh and Northampton counties from 2001 to 2040 for the various classes of industry.
This document shows the average income in each municipality in Lehigh and Northampton counties based on 2007-2011 American Community Survey estimates. It also shows the percent of people below the poverty level in each municipality.
This document lists the millage rates of taxable property by municipality and county.
The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) has developed a set of long-term industry and occupational employment forecasts for Lehigh and Northampton counties through 2040. The employment forecasts developed through this process are an extrapolation of historical and more current demographic and economic trends into the future. The forecasts show what the Lehigh Valley economy may look like at some future time if present trends continue. The LVPC needs the employment forecasts to update the region’s travel demand model which uses population and employment data to calculate the expected demand for transportation facilities. We also will use the employment forecasts in the upcoming jobs/housing balance studies and other planning projects.
This document lists the unemployment trends.
This documents the per capita personal income and average earnings per job.
The following are various housing documents that have been created by the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission staff. To get the maximum size some of the files will open in the full window of your browser. To return to this page, you will have to either close the new window that appears or hit the back button, depending on the browser being used.
Affordable Housing Data
The following pages provide a look at some indicators as to the health of the housing market in the Lehigh Valley. Many of these datasets are new from LVPC and will hopefully be of interest to the region’s affordable housing community.
- Housing Markets: A look at housing prices and foreclosures across the Lehigh Valley. These indicators show two quarters of decreasing home prices and two years of increasing foreclosures.
- Construction Trends: Building activity by municipality. Last year saw fewer homes constructed. Historical data shows how we got here.
- Cost Burden: Housing affordability is one of the central issues facing this region. This analysis looks at 2000 Census data that has been re-tabulated to show affordability problems for both owners and renters.
- Vacancies: U.S. Postal Service residential vacancy rates are an accurate way to measure this important neighborhood indicator.
- Sub-Prime Loans: High-interest mortgage lending seems to be concentrated in the same census tracts where there is high poverty, unaffordable housing and higher vacancy. This information was collected for 2006 through the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act.
This document contains the housing stock trends from 2000 to 2010.
This document contains data regarding housing tenure between owners and renters
this document contains data regarding residential building permits from 2006 to 2012
The following are various population documents that have been created by the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission staff. To get the maximum size the files will open in the full window of your browser. To return to this page, you will have to either close the new window that appears or hit the back button, depending on the browser being used.
This document contains historical municipal population, estimates and forecasts.
The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) periodically creates projections of future population for the Lehigh Valley for use in the regional comprehensive plan for Lehigh and Northampton counties. Population projections are needed for a 20- to 30-year horizon to identify growth issues associated with land use, resource protection and infrastructure planning. The LVPC’s projections provide data needed to forecast the Valley’s future transportation, sewer, water and park needs. In 2006, the U.S. Census Bureau released municipal and county population estimates for July 1, 2005, and the LVPC created updated population projections for Lehigh County, Northampton County and the two-county region for the period of 2005 through 2030. In 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau released the official 2010 Census population data. This data has been used to update the LVPC population projections and extend the time horizon to 2040.
This memorandum explains our process for creating population forecasts for municipalities in Lehigh and Northampton Counties from 2010 to 2040. Such forecasts are useful and necessary to guide public planning efforts at the regional and local level. They provide a database for other forecasts used in the design of public facilities. Sewage flows, traffic generation, and water supply needs, to name a few, are all developed in part from forecasts of future population growth. These forecasts are particularly important to transportation planning since they are a main data input for driving the regional travel demand forecasting model which is used to estimate future highway travel.
This report identifies the population of the Lehigh Valley municipalities by race.