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Bethlehem is a city in Northampton County. (The community straddles Northampton and Lehigh counties; ePodunk links to the county with the greater share of population.)

The community was named for the biblical city.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Pennsylvania named Bethlehem. For links to other places called Bethlehem, PA, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]

The latitude of Bethlehem is 40.625N. The longitude is -75.37W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 358 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 72,570.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$35,815
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Bethlehem demographic reports
Bethlehem is on the Lehigh River.
The city began as a religious colony.

Development was spurred by the opening of the Lehigh Canal in 1829.

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 190. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 2.6 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Jonathan Frakes, actor
· Jonathan Taylor Thomas, actor
· Stephen Vincent Benet, writer
· Chuck Bednarik, football player
· Mel Harris, actress
Local festivals include:
  • Musikfest - Aug. 3-12, 2007
  • Bethlehem Bach Festival - May 4-5, 10-12, 2007
  • Blueberry Festival - July 20-23, 2007
Dates often change. Check Bethlehem web sites and events links in the sections below.
Historic sites and museums: Burnside Plantation, Moravian Museum of Bethlehem, Sun Inn, Discovery Center, Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts
Colleges and universities: Lehigh University, Moravian College, Northampton County Area Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 81
Quotes:
Here are the smoke-belching mills, coke plants, and begrimed streets of the typical steel town.
-- WPA Guide to Pennsylvania, 1940

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Bethlehem demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Northampton County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Allentown-Bethlehem area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 18018 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

20% of Bethlehem residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Bethlehem ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Bethlehem was $18,987, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

24% of Bethlehem residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Bethlehem include Central Bethlehem Historic District, Fountain Hill Historic District, Mount Airy Historic District, Pembroke Village Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Bethlehem, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $495.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $987.


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Libraries in Bethlehem include Bethlehem Area Public Library, South Side Branch Library ... View libraries

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TV stations in Bethlehem include WBPH.

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Northampton County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Bethlehem political report.

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Bethlehem restaurants taking online reservations include blue grillhouse | wine bar ... View restaurants

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The average commute time for Bethlehem workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 9 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Bethlehem between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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Bethlehem, PA

Pros: Lived there all my life, pluses are, well South Bethlehem, grocery store, gas station, vidio store, banks, bus stops, drug store, every thing is with in blocks, walking distant if your healthy...

Cons: " THE PROPOSED CASINO"! More drugs, as well as way bigger police force will be needed, may create jobs, but its more a down fall, its going to bring in major "CRIME"...

This is a good place to It once was a very good place to buy property, not any more with the casinos coming in, being built...

General info: I still think Bethlehem is much cleaner the Allentown, or Easton Pa, depends on the areas...

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“ Here are the smoke-belching mills, coke plants, and begrimed streets of the typical steel town. ”
~ WPA Guide to Pennsylvania, 1940

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