Bethlehem, PA
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Bethlehem is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 75,293 people and 26 constituent neighborhoods, Bethlehem is the seventh largest community in Pennsylvania.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Bethlehem is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Bethlehem is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bethlehem who work in office and administrative support (13.74%), sales jobs (9.92%), and food service (7.16%).

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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Bethlehem use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Bethlehem‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The overall education level of Bethlehem is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 26.64% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Bethlehem in 2010 was $25,432, which is middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $101,728 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 27.89% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Bethlehem include Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Bethlehem is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.