The small city of Allentown, Pennsylvania, is the county seat of Lehigh County and home to just over 100,000 people. Its nickname is 'Queen City', and it has also come to be known by equally bizarre names like 'Peanut City' and 'Band City USA'. It's a city with plenty of attitude despite being not too far from the giants of Philadelphia and New York. New arrivals living in Allentown will find themselves in a friendly city with a strong community spirit – it's a two time winner of the All-America City award. There are some great sights to see – the historic Trout Hall is the oldest house in the city, having been put up just eight years after the city was founded, and the Mack Trucks Historical Museum makes a great day out. With a good spread of museums, an art school and even a symphony orchestra, which performs at Allentown's Symphony Hall, you'll find settling into Allentown a comfortable and enjoyable experience.
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Being in fairly close proximity to several major cities, Allentown is well connected and easy to get to. There are several airports that serve the city, notably Lehigh Valley International Airport and, for private flights, Allentown Queen City Municipal Airport. Expats moving to Allentown can find plenty of useful tips and information in InterNations’ Expat Magazine, which is a collection of articles on everything from expat finance and insurance to living abroad and expatriation in general. You shouldn't have too much trouble settling in, though – American hospitality is famous and if you've got any concerns or worries, there is plenty of advice to be found on InterNations' discussion groups and forums. You can hear from other members who have moved to the area. More likely than not, though, moving to Allentown will be an enjoyable and easy transition, and you'll be on good terms with half the city in no time at all.
If the city is small in size beside its larger neighbors, the local economy still has plenty of vitality and working in Allentown should be a stimulating experience. It's a humid city, with a climate that's mostly hot in the summer and cold, even snowy, in the winter. Expats in Allentown have plenty of culture, sport and travel to choose from, and getting in touch with the wider international community isn't difficult. Using the InterNations discussion groups and forums, you'll find it's easy to get in touch with other global minds and expatriates in Allentown or nearby. Many of our members also use these groups, or private communications, to organize meet-ups. If you're looking for an expatriate community, it shouldn't be too long before you find one - and you don’t have to travel to New York for it!