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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 initiatives 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 2015, "Onlyinyourstate" (http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/pennsylvania/pa-best-place-living/) ranked the Borough of Emmaus as the 7th best place in Pennsylvania to live.  In addition, in 2015. the website named Emmaus as the 5th ranked "most heart-warmingly beautiful small town in Pennsylvania".  In September 2015, Onlyinyourstate" (http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/pennsylvania/pa-get-away-from-it-all/) listed Emmaus Borough as the # 2 community to "Get away from it all", where communities were ranked based on " beautiful small towns in Pennsylvania that will give you a break from the hectic pace of urban life".

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..."

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 to 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!

USA Architects Present Preliminary Schematic Design of New Municipal Complex

On Monday, March 21, 2016, USA Architects presented the preliminary schematic design for the new municipal complex at 33 E. Minor Street.  The presentation occurred during the Borough Council meeting  at Borough Hall.  The firm, hired by Borough Council, has been working with a committee of Council members, department managers, and employees to design the multi-purpose municipal building.  The building is projected to ultimately house Borough administration operations, police, ambulance, and fire operations.  The project is slated to be a 10 - 15 year project, which will occur in multiple phases to control costs. Click on this link to view the presentation and schematic design plans.



What is new in Emmaus

Upper Milford Rain Barrel Building Workshop - Monday July 23, 2018, 7:00 P.M.  at the Emmaus Community Park. 


A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rain water from your roof before it becomes polluted runoff.


Helps to mitigate the problem of stormwater runoff.
Reduces flooding on your property.
Saves money spent on household water use.
Provides plants with soft water, free of chlorine, lime or calcium.
Conserves water for use during droughts.

Please click on the link to learn more about the event and to register for the event.

Animal Control

Preventing Lyme Disease 

With May/June designated as Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Pennsylvania, individuals who spend time outdoors should check themselves for ticks and be aware of the symptoms of Lyme disease and other tick-related ailments. 

The first line of defense against Lyme is to take precautions in the outdoors by using insect repellent with DEET, wearing long-sleeve shirts and long pants, checking for – and promptly and properly removing – any ticks, and showering shortly after exposure. 

If bitten, an individual should monitor the area for the next month. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, joint pain, a bull’s eye rash may appear, and other symptoms that can be mistaken for viral infections, such as influenza or infectious mononucleosis. 

Pennsylvania has led the nation in confirmed cases of Lyme disease for three straight years and for the first time deer ticks have been found in each of the state’s 67 counties. Learn more here.


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