Bethlehem is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 75,815 people and 26 constituent neighborhoods, Bethlehem is the seventh largest community in Pennsylvania.
Unlike some cities, Bethlehem isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Bethlehem are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Bethlehem is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bethlehem who work in office and administrative support (10.58%), sales jobs (9.28%), and food service (8.06%).
Also of interest is that Bethlehem has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
In addition, Bethlehem is a college town. There are a lot of students in Bethlehem attending college, and as a result Bethlehem provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.
Not only is Bethlehem a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, shaping the character of the city into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. Many singles consider Bethlehem a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
The education level of Bethlehem citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 29.20% of adults in Bethlehem have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Bethlehem in 2018 was $29,516, which is middle income relative to Pennsylvania, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $118,064 for a family of four. However, Bethlehem contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Bethlehem is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Bethlehem home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bethlehem residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Bethlehem also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 30.18% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Bethlehem include German, Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Bethlehem is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.