The Lehigh Valley continued its slow and steady growth last year, according to a recent U.S. Census Bureau estimate. And it wasn’t alone — Pennsylvania’s population also nudged upward, increasing by almost 20,000 after a slight population dip the year before.
Lehigh County grew by .93 percent between 2016 and 2017, while Northampton grew by .55 percent, the report states. Lehigh and Northampton counties have grown by 4.66 and 1.83 percent, respectively, since 2010.
Pennsylvania garnered 18,500 new residents — only an addition of .14 percent, but still an indication of a population upswing. Pennsylvania lost about 4,000 people from 2015 to 2016. The Lehigh Valley did not shrink in those years.