Bethel Park, PA
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Bethel Park is a medium-sized city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 32,118 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Bethel Park is the 23rd largest community in Pennsylvania.

Bethel Park is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.05% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Bethel Park is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bethel Park who work in office and administrative support (14.85%), sales jobs (13.05%), and management occupations (12.17%).

Also of interest is that Bethel Park has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Because of many things, Bethel Park is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Bethel Park really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Bethel Park perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

One downside of living in Bethel Park is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Bethel Park, the average commute to work is 31.72 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Bethel Park is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, a streetcar helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Bethel Park area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Bethel Park is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 46.31% of adults in Bethel Park have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Bethel Park in 2010 was $36,316, which is wealthy relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $145,264 for a family of four.

The people who call Bethel Park home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bethel Park residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Bethel Park include Irish, Italian, Polish, and English.

The most common language spoken in Bethel Park is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.