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Emmaus, Pennsylvania is a quaint historic community of 12,000 nestled on the northern slope of South Mountain. It lies 50 miles north of Philadelphia and 20 miles west of the Delaware River. Formed in 1759 as a closed Moravian village on land owned by the church, Emmaus was incorporated as a Pennsylvania borough a hundred years later in 1859.

In recent years, the Borough has been recognized for several distinguished accomplishments.  In 2013, the Borough received the Delaware Valley Green Building Council's Sustainable Community Award for the implementation of initiatives and policies that promote sustainable living.  Among the intitiatives cited were the implementation of a LED red light replacement program, the implementation of an energy analysis throughout the borough properties, storm water and sewer protection initiatives, recycling and compost efforts, and a watershed rehabilitation project at Leibert's Creek among others.

In 2014, Movato.com named the Borough of Emmaus the 5th safest community in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with a population over 10,000 residents, based on the 2012 FBI Uniform Crime report statistics, which included murders, violent crimes, property crimes, and total crimes.  The citing stated, "this borough, ranked in recent years one of the "Best Places to Live" in the U.S. by "Money Magazine," is well known as a safe and family-friendly community.  That's because it is one of the least violent places in the state...". Read the review of the well hello and make new acquaintances to start a family.

In November 2013, Nerdwallet.com cited Emmaus as the 6th Best Town in Pennsylvania for Young Familes.  The rankings were based on public schools, affordability, and if the community is growing and prospering.

Also in 2013, the Borough was awarded the 2013 Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs Newsletter of the Year Award, an award that is presented the the borough with the best municipal newsletter.  Every borough in Pennsylvania is eligilbe to receive this award, and we are proud of this recognition.

In 2008, the Borough was named by Catalogs.com as one of the top 10 places to live in Pennsylvania.

Finally, one of the recognitions in which we are most proud, the Borough of Emmaus has been named as one of the Top 100 Places to Live in the United States by CNN / Money Magazine on two separate occasions.  The borough reached the ranking in both 2007 (#87) and 2009 (#88).

Welcome to our community, a proud community, a community united for progress!

What's New

Residents can drop off E-waste at the E-waste dumpster beside the Public Works Department garage on Kline’s Lane. The site will be open on the 2nd Monday of the month from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. beginning on March 10, 2014.

Animal Control

Animal Complaints

In an effort to accommodate residents who have domestic animal complaints, the Borough of Emmaus entered into a contract with the The Sanctuary of Haafsville. Animal Complaints are to be reported to the Animal Control Officer, Richard Hontz, Emmaus Police Department at 610-967-3113


Volunteer Opportunities

The Borough of Emmaus is currently accepting letters of interest to serve on the Arts Commission, Joint Environmental Advisory Council, Parks & Recreation Commission, Planning Commission...

Swiftreach Networks, Inc.

Swift911™ is a notification program with the capability of delivering recorded warnings to the entire community, via telephone or TTY (teletypewriter) to the Borough

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Site Hours

Oct. 20th to Dec. 6th  (Leaf Collection) Mon., Tues., Thurs., & Fri. 7:30 am to 2:00 pm

Wednesdays 7:30 am to 7:30 pm or dusk

Saturdays 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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