Lehigh County, PA

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2020 Population
367,338
0.626% 1-year growth
US Senator
Bob Casey Jr.
Democratic Party
US Senator
Pat Toomey
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
39
0.256% 1-year decrease
2020 Poverty Rate
12.6%
1.17% 1-year increase
2020 Median Household Income
$66,214
3.63% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$215,400
3.46% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
178,865
0.094% 1-year growth

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In 2020, Lehigh County, PA had a population of 367k people with a median age of 39 and a median household income of $66,214. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Lehigh County, PA grew from 365,052 to 367,338, a 0.626% increase and its median household income grew from $63,897 to $66,214, a 3.63% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Lehigh County, PA are White (Non-Hispanic) (63.2%), White (Hispanic) (13%), Other (Hispanic) (5.76%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.65%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (4.76%).

None of the households in Lehigh County, PA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

94.6% of the residents in Lehigh County, PA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lehigh County, PA are DeSales University (1,016 degrees awarded in 2020), Lehigh Carbon Community College (866 degrees), and Muhlenberg College (690 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Lehigh County, PA was $215,400, and the homeownership rate was 64.7%.

Most people in Lehigh County, PA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 25 minutes. The average car ownership in Lehigh County, PA was 2 cars per household.

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geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Lehigh County, PA is home to a population of 367k people, from which 94.6% are citizens. As of 2020, 11.9% of Lehigh County, PA residents were born outside of the country (43.8k people).

In 2020, there were 4.88 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (232k people) in Lehigh County, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 47.6k White (Hispanic) and 21.2k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

94.6%
2020 Citizenship
94.9%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 94.6% of Lehigh County, PA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Lehigh County, PA was 94.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Lehigh County, PA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    232k ± 374
  2. White (Hispanic)
    47.6k ± 2.06k
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    21.2k ± 1.97k
25.4%
Hispanic Population
93.2k people

In 2020, there were 4.88 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (232k people) in Lehigh County, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 47.6k White (Hispanic) and 21.2k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

25.4% of the people in Lehigh County, PA are hispanic (93.2k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Lehigh County, PA as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

The PUMS dataset is not available at the County level, so we are showing data for Pennsylvania.
Most Common Origin
  1. India
    92,750 ± 7,450 people
  2. Dominican Republic
    72,397 ± 6,587 people
  3. China
    65,642 ± 6,274 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Pennsylvania was India, the natal country of 92,750 Pennsylvania residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 72,397 and China with 65,642.

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Foreign-Born Population

11.9%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
43.8k people
11.8%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
43k people

As of 2020, 11.9% of Lehigh County, PA residents (43.8k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Lehigh County, PA was 11.8%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    6,385 ± 508
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    2,218 ± 327
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    2,158 ± 446

Lehigh County, PA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.88 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Lehigh County, PA employs 179k people. The largest industries in Lehigh County, PA are Health Care & Social Assistance (30,225 people), Manufacturing (25,220 people), and Retail Trade (19,349 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($75,980), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($60,989), and Public Administration ($60,971).

Males in Pennsylvania have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $54,196. The income inequality in Pennsylvania (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

179k
2020 Value
± 3,358
0.094%
1 Year growth
± 2.49%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Lehigh County, PA grew at a rate of 0.094%, from 179k employees to 179k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lehigh County, PA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (20,507 people), Management Occupations (17,834 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (16,955 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lehigh County, PA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

179k
2020 Value
± 3,358
0.094%
1 Year growth
± 2.49%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Lehigh County, PA grew at a rate of 0.094%, from 179k employees to 179k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lehigh County, PA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (30,225 people), Manufacturing (25,220 people), and Retail Trade (19,349 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lehigh County, PA, though some of these residents may live in Lehigh County, PA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$47,445
Median earning men ± $1,356
$32,242
Median earning women ± $823

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Public Administration ($67,627), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($61,543), and Manufacturing ($57,286).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Public Administration ($52,951), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($44,237), and Wholesale Trade ($41,059).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Pennsylvania. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Pennsylvania.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 4,177
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 1,876
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services
  3. 1,858
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $5.68M
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. $4.43M
    Manufacturing
  3. $2.2M
    Wholesale Trade

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Pennsylvania to other states, or from other states to Pennsylvania.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $110B
  2. $74.2B
  3. $44.2B

In 2020, the top outbound Pennsylvania product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $110B, followed by Mixed freight ($74.2B) and Electronics ($44.2B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Pennsylvania products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$734B
2020 Value in Pennsylvania
$1.46T
Projected 2050 Value in Pennsylvania
99.3% growth

In 2020, total outbound Pennsylvania trade was $734B. This is expected to increase 99.3% to $1.46T by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Pennsylvania trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Pennsylvania to other states, or from other states to Pennsylvania.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $73.5B
  2. $71.1B
  3. $36.8B

In 2020, the top outbound Pennsylvania domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New Jersey with $73.5B, followed by New York with $71.1B and Ohio and $36.8B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Pennsylvania shares with each state (excluding itself).

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In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Lehigh County, PA went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 53.2% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (45.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.17%).

Bob Casey Jr. and Pat Toomey are the senators currently representing the state of Pennsylvania. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Pennsylvania is currently represented by 18 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Pennsylvania

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Bob Casey Jr.
Senator from Pennsylvania1
Assumed office on January 3, 2007
Pat Toomey
Senator from Pennsylvania3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011

Bob Casey Jr. and Pat Toomey are the senators currently representing Pennsylvania.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is currently represented by 18 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Pennsylvania have changed over time starting in 2008.

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In 2020, universities in Lehigh County, PA awarded 4,028 degrees. The student population of Lehigh County, PA in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 4,703 male students and 9,912 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lehigh County, PA are White (2,559 and 64.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (693 and 17.5%), Black or African American (259 and 6.53%), and Unknown (223 and 5.62%).

The largest universities in Lehigh County, PA by number of degrees awarded are DeSales University (1,016 and 25.2%), Lehigh Carbon Community College (866 and 21.5%), and Muhlenberg College (690 and 17.1%).

The most popular majors in Lehigh County, PA are General Business Administration & Management (394 and 9.78%), Registered Nursing (309 and 7.67%), and Medical Assistant (175 and 4.34%).

The median tuition cost in Lehigh County, PA for private four year colleges is $40,967.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

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In 2020 in Lehigh County, PA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 66.9%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 18.6%. The number of students enrolled in 2020 was 14,615 (32.2% men and 67.8% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2020 there were 14,615 students enrolled in Lehigh County, PA, 32.2% men and 67.8% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 8,894 records, of which 66.8% were women and 33.2% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 205 degree-majors awarded
  2. 191 degree-majors awarded
  3. 126 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Lehigh County, PA was Registered Nursing with 205 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Lehigh County, PA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,016 degrees awarded
  2. 866 degrees awarded
  3. 690 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was DeSales University with 1,016 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2020, 1,268 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lehigh County, PA, which is 0.459 times less than the 2,760 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 2,559 degrees mean that there were 3.69 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 693 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($40,967) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Private for-profit, less-than 2-year ($1,584) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Public, 2-year ($2,000) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.658% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.701% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were High School or Equivalent (3.5M), Bachelors Degree (1.89M), and Some college (1.84M).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Lehigh County, PA was $215,400 in 2020, which is 0.937 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $208,200 to $215,400, a 3.46% increase. The homeownership rate in Lehigh County, PA is 64.7%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Lehigh County, PA have an average commute time of 25 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Lehigh County, PA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Lehigh County, PA is $66,214. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Lehigh County, PA was Census Tract 63.04 with a value of $133,125, followed by Census Tract 62.04 and Census Tract 54.02, with respective values of $130,667 and $119,783.

In 2021, 16.1% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Lehigh County, PA. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator grew 0.959%.

Property

$215,400
Median Property Value 2020
±$3,699
$90,661
Median Property Taxes
±$1,998

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lehigh County, PA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Lehigh County, PA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

64.7%
Homeownership
2020
60.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 64.7% of the housing units in Lehigh County, PA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 64.4%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 63.04
  2. Census Tract 62.04
  3. Census Tract 54.02

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lehigh County, PA was Census Tract 63.04 with a value of $133,125, followed by Census Tract 62.04 and Census Tract 54.02, with respective values of $130,667 and $119,783.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Lehigh County, PA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$66,214
Median Household Income
± $1,319
140k
Number of Households
± 2,796

In 2020, the median household income of the 140k households in Lehigh County, PA grew to $66,214 from the previous year's value of $63,897.

The following chart displays the households in Lehigh County, PA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Lehigh County, PA is from Pennsylvania.
0.466
2020 Wage GINI in Pennsylvania
0.469
2019 Wage GINI in Pennsylvania

In 2020, the income inequality in Pennsylvania was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.614% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Pennsylvania was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Pennsylvania in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (79.3%)
  2. Carpooled (8.99%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.45%)

In 2020, 79.3% of workers in Lehigh County, PA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.99%) and those who worked at home (6.45%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

25 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lehigh County, PA have a shorter commute time (25 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 3.12% of the workforce in Lehigh County, PA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Lehigh County, PA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Lehigh County, PA have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2021, 16.1% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Lehigh County, PA. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator grew 0.959%.

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Poverty & Diversity

12.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lehigh County, PA (45.2k out of 358k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Lehigh County, PA is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2021, 18.2% of the children was living in poverty in Lehigh County, PA. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 0.9%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2021, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 231 in Lehigh County, PA. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 51 per 100,000 population.

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93.8% of the population of Lehigh County, PA has health coverage, with 51.6% on employee plans, 19.2% on Medicaid, 13.1% on Medicare, 9.18% on non-group plans, and 0.738% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Pennsylvania was $9,258 in 2014. This is a 4.29% increase from the previous year ($8,877).

Primary care physicians in Lehigh County, PA see 987 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.407% increase from the previous year (983 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1133 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 513 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.1% were men and 51.9% were women.

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Pennsylvania, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

987 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Lehigh County, PA

Primary care physicians in Lehigh County, PA see an average of 987 patients per year. This represents a 0.407% increase from the previous year (983 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Lehigh County, PA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Pennsylvania across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 24.4% under 18 years, 20.8% between 18 and 34 years, 38.6% between 35 and 64 years, and 16.2% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.1% were men and 51.9% were women.

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Uninsured People

6.18%
Uninsured
51.6%
Employer Coverage
19.2%
Medicaid
13.1%
Medicare
9.18%
Non-Group
0.738%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lehigh County, PA declined by 4.69% from 6.48% to 6.18%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Lehigh County, PA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2021, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 43 in Lehigh County, PA.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 31.4% in Lehigh County, PA.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 7.68% in Lehigh County, PA.

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