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 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 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.
Because there are quite a few people attending college in Bethlehem, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Bethlehem provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.
Not only is Bethlehem a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Bethlehem is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Bethlehem a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
The overall 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, and the average American community has 21.84%.
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.