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 75,790 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 (10.40%), sales jobs (9.83%), and food service (7.79%).

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.

Bethlehem is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Bethlehem enrolled in college, Bethlehem has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards 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 percentage of people in Bethlehem who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 28.19% of adults in Bethlehem have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Bethlehem in 2010 was $28,805, which is upper middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $115,220 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 28.64% 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.