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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.
Development was spurred by the opening of the Lehigh Canal in 1829.
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.
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.
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
Median rent in Bethlehem, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $495. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $987.
Libraries in Bethlehem include Bethlehem Area Public Library, South Side Branch Library ... View libraries
TV stations in Bethlehem include WBPH.
Northampton County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Bethlehem political report.
Bethlehem restaurants taking online reservations include blue grillhouse | wine bar ... View restaurants
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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