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Allentown (pop. 686,688), commercial and industrial city in eastern Pennsylvania, seat of Lehigh County, situated on the Lehigh River about 50 mi (80 km) northwest of Philadelphia. Founded in 1762, Allentown has many Revolutionary War associations. Settled by German immigrants, the city lies on the perimeter of the “Pennsylvania Dutch” region. There is considerable light industry, and factories produce trucks, buses, electronic equipment, cement, and textiles. Located in the city are Muhlenberg and Cedar Crest colleges.

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