South Whitehall municipal offices are located at 4444 Walbert Ave, Allentown PA 18104.
South Whitehall Township [†] is an integral part of the Lehigh Valley's Allentown- Bethlehem-Easton metropolitan area, the third largest metropolitan area in Pennsylvania. This first class Township is located in south central Lehigh County, immediately west of Allentown, approximately 55 miles northeast of Philadelphia and 90 miles west of New York City. The Township is well served by several major roadways, most notably State Route 22, State Route 309, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and Interstate 78, which all run through the Township connecting it to the larger region and the northeast corridor. Just outside its boundaries, South Whitehall's neighboring jurisdictions include Upper Macungie and Lower Macungie Townships on its western border, Salisbury Township and the City of Allentown to the south, Whitehall Township to the east, and North Whitehall Township on the north.
Historically, South Whitehall is comprised of several small villages and neighborhoods that stand in testament to its development over time. Having risen long before current zoning and planning practices, these areas provide a unique texture to the Township's landscape and a potential framework for future development. Guthsville, Guth's Station, and Mechanicsville formed in the early 1800s in the Township's rural history at a time when the economy was based on mining, milling, and access to trolleys, rail and road. When Lehigh County was split from Northampton in 1812, Guthsville was a strong candidate for County seat, though the final decision bestowed the title on Allentown. At the turn of the century, suburban migration led to the formation of new communities on the outskirts of the County seat. Cetronia and Greenawalds are good examples of such neighborhoods, where a strong sense of community pride was common.
† Comprehensive Plan: A Balanced Plan Forward, 2009, South Whitehall Township Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, www.southwhitehall.com, accessed June, 2022.
Nearby Towns: Allentown City • Catasauqua Boro • Coplay Boro • Lower Macungie Twp • Lowhill Township • North Catasauqua Boro • North Whitehall Twp • Northampton Boro • Salisbury Township • Upper Macungie Twp • Whitehall Twp •