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Lehigh County, Pennsylvania

US county information
NameLehigh County
StatePennsylvania
SeatAllentown
Largest cityAllentown
US Area
Total Area349 sq mi (903.9 km2)
Land Area347 sq mi (898.7 km2)
Water Area2 sq mi (5.2 km2)
Population349497 (2010)
Density388.7/km2 (1006.7/sq mi)
FoundedMarch 6, 1812

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Lehigh County is a county located in the Lehigh Valley region of the eastern part of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the county's population was 349,497. Its county seat is Allentown, the state's third largest city behind Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. In addition to Allentown, the county includes the western section of the city of Bethlehem, six boroughs and 14 townships.

The county, which was first settled around 1730, was formed in 1812 with the division of Northampton County into two counties. It is named after the Lehigh River, whose name is derived from the Delaware Indian term Lechauweki or Lechauwekink, meaning "where there are forks".


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