Life in the Lehigh Valley
Life in the Lehigh Valley
Bethlehem, home to the Temple/St. Luke's medical school campus, is located in the heart of Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley, a region with attractions for almost every taste. With the Poconos to the north, the Delaware River to the east and the Lehigh River running through the middle of the Valley, this scenic 42 square mile area offers ready accessibility to hiking, skiing, cycling, water sports and other recreational activities.
The Lehigh Valley encompasses larger cities (Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton) and many smaller communities. The combined population of over 800,000 makes the Valley the third most populous metropolitan area in Pennsylvania and the fastest growing one. It is home to a large number of colleges and universities and offers a wealth of cultural and leisure-time resources normally found only in large cities.
Bethlehem, founded in 1741, retains many 18th century buildings and a strong sense of its history, both as an early settlement and as a center of the U.S. steel industry for more than 100 years. Two downtown areas (separated by the Lehigh River) offer wonderful shopping and an array of restaurants to suit every taste and pocketbook. The city is home to both Lehigh University and Moravian College, and offers museums, culture, music venues and a delightful assortment of festivals throughout the year. See the visitor's page on the Bethlehem website as well as the Bethlehem map for more information.
Allentown and Easton are also well-endowed with history, culture, festivals, museums and educational institutions. The Lehigh Valley PA Online website provides fine coverage.
Sports lovers have both live professional baseball and football. Coca-Cola Park in Allentown is home to the Iron Pigs, the Phillies Triple-A franchise, while the Steelhawks (Indoor Football League) play at Lehigh University's Stabler Arena, right in Bethlehem. And, with so many colleges and universities in the Lehigh Valley, there is a full array of intercollegiate sports competitions.
The Lehigh Valley is delightfully affordable, with an estimated overall cost of living of about 90% of the United States average.
The housing options are varied. For those who want to be very close to St. Luke's University Health Network there are apartments within walking distance. Other apartments, located in Bethlehem's two downtown areas on either side of the Lehigh River offer the activity of a downtown area and proximity to either Lehigh University or Moravian College. Garden apartments a short drive from campus provide a more suburban setting.
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