Bethlehem, PA Profile: Facts & Data


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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The City of Bethlehem is the 6th largest city in Pennsylvania with a population of 76,892 as of July 1, 2018. Bethlehem ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Pennsylvania. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Bethlehem is located at latitude 40.6264 and longitude -75.3679 in Northampton County. The formal boundaries for the City of Bethlehem (see map below) encompass a land area of 19.1 sq. miles and a water area of 0.35 sq. miles. Northampton County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 354 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Bethlehem are located in Northampton County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Lehigh County.

The City of Bethlehem (GNIS ID: 1217330) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Bethlehem: Menagachsink.

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Bethlehem, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 76,892
Population in Households 70,407
Population in Familes 51,115
Population in Group Qrtrs 6,485
Population Density2 4,025
Diversity Index3 71


Median Household Income $51,536
Average Household Income $67,609
Per Capita Income $27,353


Total Housing Units 31,893 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 14,650 (45.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 15,178 (47.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,065 ( 6.5%)
Median Home Value $187,192
Average Home Value $214,727


Total Households 29,828
Average Household Size 2.36
Family Households 17,074
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.31% 0.44%
Households 0.19% 0.4%
Families -0.02% 0.27%
Median Household Income   1.71%
Per Capita Income   2.19%

Bethlehem, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Bethlehem to the other 1,762 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Pennsylvania by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 6 100th
Population Density # 251 86th
Diversity Index # 31 98th
Median Household Income # 915 48th
Per Capita Income # 815 54th

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