Bethlehem, PA
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Living in Bethlehem


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.

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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Bethlehem 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, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Bethlehem area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

In terms of college education, Bethlehem is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 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.