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Welcome to Bethlehem ...
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.
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.
Off-the-Road Links ...
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/
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This page was last modified/updated: 05 Dec 2023