Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Population 2020

76,370

Bethlehem is a city located in Pennsylvania. With a 2020 population of 76,370, it is the 7th largest city in Pennsylvania and the 473rd largest city in the United States. Bethlehem is currently growing at a rate of 0.38% annually and its population has increased by 1.85% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 74,982 in 2010. Spanning over 19 miles, Bethlehem has a population density of 3,995 people per square mile.

The average household income in Bethlehem is $72,061 with a poverty rate of 16.07%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,013 per month, and the median house value is $171,600. The median age in Bethlehem is 35.1 years, 33.5 years for males, and 36.7 years for females. For every 100 females there are 94.4 males.

Bethlehem Demographics

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

  • White: 79.03%
  • Black or African American: 7.52%
  • Two or more races: 5.77%
  • Other race: 4.44%
  • Asian: 2.98%
  • Native American: 0.25%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is 76,370, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 75,790.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 74,982.

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020852,5774,8320.57%
2019847,7454,8320.57%
2018842,9134,8320.57%
2017838,0814,9370.59%
2016833,1442,7830.33%
2015830,3611,7800.21%
2014828,5812,7980.34%
2013825,783-356-0.04%
2012826,1391,2760.15%
2011824,8632,9490.36%
2010821,9140.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White59,50979.03%
Black or African American5,6667.52%
Two or More Races4,3445.77%
Some Other Race3,3464.44%
Asian2,2462.98%
American Indian and Alaska Native1850.25%

Bethlehem Population Pyramid 2020

Bethlehem Median Age

35.1


Total

33.5


Male

36.7


Female

Bethlehem Adults

There are 61,195 adults, (11,864 of whom are seniors) in Bethlehem.

Bethlehem Age Dependency

52.6

Age Dependency Ratio

24

Old Age Dependency Ratio

28.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Bethlehem Sex Ratio

Female

38,731

51.44%

Male

36,565

48.56%

Bethlehem Households and Families

Bethlehem Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Bethlehem Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married73.9%26.1%
All51%49%
Male40.8%59.2%
Non Family40.3%59.7%
Female29.2%70.8%

51.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All28,9452.3951
Non Family12,4361.3440.3
Married10,6713.173.9
Female4,3373.3129.2
Male1,5013.4340.8

3.06

Average Family Size

2.39

Average Household Size

8.6%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Bethlehem Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,1904.43%
9th to 12th Grade3,8647.82%
High School Graduate16,93434.29%
Some College8,55817.33%
Associates Degree3,9137.92%
Bachelors Degree8,22316.65%
Graduate Degree5,69911.54%

Bethlehem Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White32,86830,53611,432
Hispanic11,6708,5271,012
Black3,2002,692513
Other Race2,1021,688172
Multiple Races1,6441,275297
Asian1,1881,028732
Native American15510928

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 92.90%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 61.62%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$37,776$42,529$32,242
Less Than High School$26,792$36,445$16,032
High School Grad$30,581$35,762$25,017
Some College$37,197$42,095$32,408
Bachelors Degree$48,337$60,198$38,155
Graduate Degree$65,805$70,172$61,487

$37,776

Average Earnings

$42,529

Average Male

$32,242

Average Female

Bethlehem Language

Bethlehem Language by Age

Bethlehem Language

75.62% of Bethlehem residents speak only English, while 24.38% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 18.18% of the population.

Bethlehem Poverty

Bethlehem Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic20,9645,74827.42%
White40,6494,0089.86%
Other3,1831,10434.68%
Multiple4,10089421.80%
Black5,35178914.74%
Asian1,68538923.09%
Native1634527.61%

16.07%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.30%

Male Poverty Rate

16.79%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Bethlehem

The race most likely to be in poverty in Bethlehem is Other, with 34.68% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Bethlehem is White, with 9.86% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.05%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.82%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 25.73%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School24.79%
High School14.13%
Some College11.19%
Bachelors or Greater4.97%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed34.55%
Male Unemployed22.71%
Female Employed8.09%
Male Employed6.59%

Bethlehem Income

Bethlehem Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$54,701$72,061
Families$66,986$84,402
Married Families$83,371$101,502
Non Families$35,866$51,352

Bethlehem Marital Status

Bethlehem Marital Status

Marriage Rates

36.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

38.7%

Male Marriage Rate

34.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Bethlehem Married by Age and Sex

Bethlehem Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Bethlehem Marital Status by Race

Bethlehem Veterans

4,115

Number of Veterans

3,874

Male Veterans

241

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,361
Second Gulf War520
First Gulf War438
Korea415
World War II356
Age Group Veterans
65 to 741,187
75+1,179
35 to 54745
55 to 64652
18 to 34352
Name Veterans % of Total
White3,8037.62%
Hispanic4593.15%
Black1523.95%
Other1234.66%
2 or More291.12%
Indian84.52%

$Bethlehem Veterans by Education

5.83%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.47%

Veteran Disability Rate

Bethlehem Employment Status

60.3%

Labor Force Participation

57.1%

Employment Rate

5.4%

Unemployment Rate

Bethlehem Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

54.94%

Born in Pennsylvania

91.30%

Native Born

8.70%

Foreign Born

4.77%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

91.30% of Bethlehem residents were born in the United States, with 54.94% having been born in Pennsylvania. 4.77% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202076,3702900.38%
201976,0802900.38%
201875,7902450.32%
201775,5452900.39%
201675,2553020.40%
201574,953-2-0.00%
201474,9551190.16%
201374,836-179-0.24%
201275,015-18-0.02%
201175,033770.10%
201074,9563,6270.50%
200071,329-99-0.01%
199071,4281,0090.14%
198070,419-2,267-0.32%
197072,686-2,722-0.37%
196075,4089,0681.29%
195066,3407,8501.27%
194058,4905980.10%
193057,8927,5341.40%
192050,35837,52114.65%
191012,8375,5445.82%
19007,2935310.76%
18906,7621,5692.68%
18805,1936811.42%
18704,5121,6464.64%
18602,8660.00%