Area Code 610

Where Is Area Code 610?

Updated: November 28th 2018

Area code 610 is the area code for the eastern and southeastern regions of Pennsylvania. Area code 610 is located in the Eastern Time Zone and covers 12 counties of Pennsylvania. Area code 610 was put into service on January 8, 1994, and was created from a split of area code 215. Area code 610 was overlaid with area code 484 on June 5, 1999.

Located in eastern Pennsylvania on the Lehigh River, Allentown is the third most populous city in the state and the county seat of Lehigh County. Allentown has a population of 118,032 and the racial makeup of the city is 58.5% White, 42.8% Hispanic, 12.6% African American, and 2.2% Asian (2010 Census). While the crime rate has gone down in the past few years, Allentown is still considered a dangerous city to reside in. Allentown’s economy is no longer centered on manufacturing due to the decline in heavy industry; the economy has now turned towards service. Places to visit in the city include the Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, the Allentown Rose Gardens, the Coca-Cola Park, the PPL Center, the Allentown Art Museum, and the Allentown Fairground Farmers Market.

Located in southeastern Pennsylvania, Reading is the fifth most populous city in the state and the county seat of Berks County. Reading is equidistant from Philadelphia and Harrisburg and is bounded by Mount Penn, Neversink Mountain, and the Schuylkill River. Reading is nicknamed “Pretzel Capital of the World” because it is home to dozens of pretzel companies. Reading has a humid subtropical climate, characterized by hot, humid summers and cold winters.

Reading has a population of 88,082 and the racial makeup of the city is 58.2% Hispanic, 48.4% White, 13.2% African American, and 1.2% Asian (2010 Census). Unfortunately Reading is a dangerous city to reside in.

Going back in history, the area was originally inhabited by the Lenape Indians. In 1743, brothers Richard and Thomas Penn laid out the town of Reading. Established in 1748, the town was named after the brothers’ former home of Reading, Berkshire, England. Reading became the county seat of Berks County in 1752 and a large number of emigrants from southern and western Germany settled in the city. During the French and Indian War, Reading was utilized as a military base. During the American Revolution, Reading supplied George Washington's soldiers with ammunition, cannons, and rifles. The Schuylkill Canal and the Union Canal were completed in the late 1820s, however both canals were abandoned by the 1880s with the arrival of railroads. By the early 20th century, Reading was home to several brass era American automobile companies. Reading experienced tremendous growth until the 1930s; from the 1940s to the 1970s, the city’s prosperity and growth sharply declined.

Major Cities In Area Code 610

Allentown

Reading

Bethlehem

Norristown

Easton

Located in eastern Pennsylvania in the center of the Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem is the seventh most populous city in the state. Bethlehem is located in both Lehigh County and Northampton County and is approximately 60 miles north of Philadelphia. Bethlehem has a humid subtropical climate, characterized by hot, humid summers and cold winters. Going back in history, Bethlehem was founded as a mission community by a group of Moravians on Christmas Eve in 1741. During the industrial revolution, Bethlehem was a center of trade and heavy industry; the Bethlehem Steel Corporation was the second-largest steel producer in the United States. Today Bethlehem has a population of 74,982 and the racial makeup of the city is 76.4% White, 24.4% Hispanic, 6.9% African American, and 2.9% Asian (2010 Census). With an average crime rate, Bethlehem is a semi-dangerous city to reside in. The largest annual event in Bethlehem is Musikfest, an American music festival that has been held in the city since 1984. Points of interest in the city include SteelStacks, the Sands Casino, the National Museum of Industrial History, the Sands Bethlehem Event Center, and the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem.

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