Bethlehem, North Carolina Population 2024

3,878

Bethlehem is a city located in Alexander County, Burke County, Caldwell County, and Catawba County North Carolina. Bethlehem has a 2024 population of 3,878. Bethlehem is currently growing at a rate of 2.51% annually but its population has decreased by -2.05% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 3,959 in 2020.

The average household income in Bethlehem is $112,093 with a poverty rate of 2.33%. The median age in Bethlehem is 52.3 years: 52.7 years for males, and 51.3 years for females.

Bethlehem Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Bethlehem was:

  • White: 93.28%
  • Asian: 5.83%
  • Two or more races: 0.89%
  • Black or African American: 0%
  • Native American: 0%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0%
  • Other race: 0%
Land Area (mi²)
7.6 sq mi
Density (mi²)
508.60/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-2.05% (-81)
The current population of Bethlehem, North Carolina is 3,878 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates (released May 2024). The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 3,959.

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White3,44093.28%
Asian2155.83%
Two or more races330.89%
Black or African American00%
Native American00%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander00%
Other race00%

White

Asian

Two or more races

Black or African American

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Other race

Bethlehem Population by Race

Bethlehem Population Pyramid 2024

Bethlehem Median Age

52.3

Total

52.7

Male

51.3

Female

Bethlehem Adults

There are 3,170 adults, (893 of whom are seniors) in Bethlehem.

Bethlehem Age Dependency

62

Age Dependency Ratio

39.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

22.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Bethlehem Sex Ratio

Female1,78948.51%
Male1,89951.49%

Bethlehem Population by Age

Bethlehem Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All1,6172.2884.815.2
Married8982.8497.42.6
Non Family4701.1280.619.4
Female1582.6316.583.5
Male912.091000

2.76

Average Family Size

2.28

Average Household Size

84.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Bethlehem Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
9th to 12th Grade1103.71%
Associates Degree44114.89%
Bachelors Degree77026%
Graduate Degree38713.07%
High School Graduate70723.88%
Less Than 9th Grade953.21%
Some College45115.23%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Bethlehem Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Bethlehem Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White2,7012,496930
Asian157157157
Hispanic707070
2+ Races33330

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 100%.

Bethlehem Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Bachelors Degree$69,323$96,759$51,799
Graduate Degree$0$136,453$54,279
High School Graduate$37,056$45,234$0
Less Than 9th Grade$0$0$0
Overall$54,698$67,683$42,016
Some College$44,676$62,159$34,319

$54,698

Average Earnings

$67,683

Average Male

$42,016

Average Female

Bethlehem Earnings by Educational Attainment

Bethlehem Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Bethlehem Language

93.89% of Bethlehem residents speak only English, while 6.11% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 3.7% of the population.

Bethlehem Language

Bethlehem Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White3,286862.62%

2.33%

Overall Poverty Rate

1.63%

Male Poverty Rate

3.07%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Bethlehem

The race most likely to be in poverty in Bethlehem is White, with 2.62% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Bethlehem is White, with 2.62% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 0%. Among those working part-time, it was 4.5%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 5.05%.

Bethlehem Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade5.85%
High School5.66%
Bachelors or Greater2.94%
Some College0%

Bethlehem Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Employed1.99%
Male Unemployed0%
Female Employed0%
Female Unemployed0%

Bethlehem Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Bethlehem Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Families$104,602$137,821
Households$75,838$112,093
Married Families$118,178$-999,999,999
Non Families$51,667$49,304

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Bethlehem Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

58.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

61.3%

Male Marriage Rate

55.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Bethlehem Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Bethlehem Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 35-44, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Bethlehem Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Bethlehem Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

279

Number of Veterans

229

Male Veterans

50

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
First Gulf War132
Vietnam122
Second Gulf War44
Korea9
World War II0

Bethlehem Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
35 to 54125
65 to 7490
75+41
55 to 6423
18 to 340

Bethlehem Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White2799.55%

Bethlehem Veterans by Race

Bethlehem Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

0%

Veteran Poverty Rate

40.5%

Veteran Disability Rate

Bethlehem Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

56.6%

Labor Force Participation

55%

Employment Rate

2.9%

Unemployment Rate

Bethlehem Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Bethlehem Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Bethlehem Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

61.23%

Born in Bethlehem

94.74%

Native Born

5.26%

Foreign Born

0%

Non Citizen

5.26%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

94.74% of Bethlehem residents were born in the United States, with 61.23% having been born in North Carolina. 0% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Bethlehem Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20243,878952.51%
20233,783952.58%
20223,688952.64%
20213,593-366-9.24%
20203,959-268-6.34%
20194,2271754.32%
20184,052-540-11.76%
20174,592-369-7.44%
20164,9613417.38%
20154,6201272.83%
20144,493-254-5.35%
20134,747641.37%
20124,6834129.65%
20114,271571.35%
20104,21400%

Bethlehem Population by Year