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Welcome to Bethlehem ...

The city of Bethlehem is primarily located in Lehigh County<1>. A portion of Bethlehem extends into Northampton County.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Bethlehem, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1851.

When the people of Bethlehem refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Bethlehemite<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Bethlehem has a population of 75,570 people<3> (see below for details).

Bethlehem is 350 feet [107 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Bethlehem lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Websites for Bethlehem ...

Official Website:   www.bethlehem-pa.gov/

Junior League:   www.jllvpa.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Bethlehem had an population of 75,570 people. This is an increase of 0.78% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 5.95% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Bethlehem had a population of 74,982 people (which is 21.45% of the total population of Lehigh County). This makes Bethlehem the county's most populous community.

The population of Bethlehem represents 0.59% of the total population of Pennsylvania (which has 12,702,379 people), making it the state's 7th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 74,982 people, the population of Bethlehem increased 5.12% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 71,329 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Bethlehem.

Communities Also Named Bethlehem ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are two Pennsylvania communities named Bethlehem: This one is located in Lehigh County and the other is located in Northampton County.

Beyond Pennsylvania, there are 46 communities that are also named Bethlehem - they are located in Alabama (5), Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia (3), Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky (2), Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri (2), New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina (4), Ohio (2), South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee (8), Texas (4) and West Virginia (2).

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Bethlehem.

Communities near Bethlehem ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Bethlehem.

  • Easton
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the northeast)
  • Phillipsburg
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Phillipsburg
    • Phillipsburg is located in Warren County (NJ)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 14,238 people
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Phillipsburg
  • Emmaus
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the southwest)
  • Northampton
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the northwest)
  • Perkasie
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Perkasie have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Perkasie
    • Perkasie is located in Bucks County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,855 people
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Perkasie
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Perkasie <5>
  • Quakertown
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the south)
  • Wilson
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wilson have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wilson
    • Wilson is located in Northampton County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,784 people
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Wilson
  • Nazareth
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the north)
  • Palmerton
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Palmerton have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Palmerton
    • Palmerton is located in Carbon County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,321 people
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Palmerton
  • Bangor
    (18 miles [29 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bangor have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bangor
    • Bangor is located in Northampton County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,210 people
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Bangor
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bangor <5>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Bethlehem. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Bethlehem.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Bethlehem. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Bethlehem.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Bethlehem. See our Newspapers Page for Bethlehem.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Bethlehem ...

Looking for more information about Bethlehem? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Bethlehem, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Bethlehem.

Adding Bethlehem to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Bethlehem in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Bethlehem was in the book titled Table of U.S. Post Offices in the United States (Jan. 1851).

We also found Bethlehem in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Bethlehem.

The official website for Bethlehem: www.bethlehem-pa.gov/

The official website for Lehigh County: www.lehighcounty.org/

The official website for State of Pennsylvania: https://www.pa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Pennsylvania's counties, including Lehigh, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Bethlehem refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Bethlehem may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Bethlehem.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Bethlehem - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.









 

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