Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Population 2021

75,961
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Bethlehem is a city located in Lehigh County and Northampton County Pennsylvania. With a 2020 population of 75,961, it is the 6th largest city in Pennsylvania and the 475th largest city in the United States . Bethlehem is currently growing at a rate of 0.10% annually and its population has increased by 1.31% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 74,982 in 2010. Bethlehem reached it's highest population of 75,961 in 2021. Spanning over 19 miles, Bethlehem has a population density of 3,974 people per square mile.

The average household income in Bethlehem is $73,058 with a poverty rate of 15.43%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,038 per month, and the median house value is $173,500. The median age in Bethlehem is 35.5 years, 33.6 years for males, and 37.7 years for females.

Bethlehem Demographics

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

  • White: 76.90%
  • Black or African American: 8.38%
  • Other race: 5.90%
  • Two or more races: 5.54%
  • Asian: 3.12%
  • Native American: 0.15%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is 75,961 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 75,742.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 74,982.

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021846,9041,4260.17%
2020845,4781,4260.17%
2019844,0521,4260.17%
2018842,6264,7050.56%
2017837,9214,7580.57%
2016833,1632,8680.34%
2015830,2951,8250.22%
2014828,4702,7390.33%
2013825,731-413-0.05%
2012826,1441,2140.15%
2011824,9303,0070.36%
2010821,9230.00%

Bethlehem Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White58,03276.90%
Black or African American6,3238.38%
Some Other Race4,4525.90%
Two or More Races4,1835.54%
Asian2,3573.12%
American Indian and Alaska Native1140.15%
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Bethlehem Population by Race

Bethlehem Population Pyramid $2021

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Bethlehem Median Age

35.5


Total

33.6


Male

37.7


Female

Bethlehem Adults

There are 61,589 adults, (12,538 of whom are seniors) in Bethlehem.

Bethlehem Age Dependency

53.8

Age Dependency Ratio

25.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

28.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Bethlehem Sex Ratio

Female

39,144

51.87%

Male

36,317

48.13%

Bethlehem Population by Age

Bethlehem Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Bethlehem Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married76.5%23.5%
All50.7%49.3%
Male38.7%61.3%
Non Family38.2%61.8%
Female29.6%70.4%

50.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Bethlehem Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All29,0882.3950.7
Non Family12,4141.3638.2
Married10,5073.0376.5
Female4,3943.3629.6
Male1,7733.3238.7

3.03

Average Family Size

2.39

Average Household Size

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Bethlehem Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,1994.41%
9th to 12th Grade3,6087.23%
High School Graduate16,74133.56%
Some College8,66417.37%
Associates Degree4,1038.23%
Bachelors Degree8,76517.57%
Graduate Degree5,80111.63%
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Bethlehem Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Bethlehem Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White32,18430,26411,726
Hispanic12,4809,1891,208
Black3,5843,063737
Other Race2,6792,029259
2+ Races1,7701,451344
Asian1,2321,015652
Native American939335

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 52.92%.

Bethlehem Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$38,548$44,042$32,375
Less Than 9th Grade$26,759$36,017$17,034
High School Graduate$31,256$37,874$26,269
Some College$37,662$43,381$32,715
Bachelors Degree$44,941$57,348$38,772
Graduate Degree$64,681$72,686$58,181

$38,548

Average Earnings

$44,042

Average Male

$32,375

Average Female

Bethlehem Earnings by Educational Attainment

Bethlehem Language by Age

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Bethlehem Language

74.90% of Bethlehem residents speak only English, while 25.10% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 19.10% of the population.

Bethlehem Language

Bethlehem Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic22,1735,71825.79%
White39,1833,6449.30%
Other4,2931,22028.42%
Multiple3,95088522.41%
Black5,89782714.02%
Asian1,73926715.35%
Native931819.35%

15.43%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.48%

Male Poverty Rate

16.30%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Bethlehem

The race most likely to be in poverty in Bethlehem is Other, with 28.42% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Bethlehem is White, with 9.30% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.45%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.57%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 24.46%.

Bethlehem Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade26.49%
High School12.59%
Some College10.33%
Bachelors or Greater5.57%

Bethlehem Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed35.58%
Male Unemployed21.26%
Female Employed7.65%
Male Employed6.51%

Bethlehem Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Bethlehem Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$55,809$73,058
Families$67,852$84,912
Married Families$84,892$103,425
Non Families$36,499$52,967
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Income by Household Type

Bethlehem Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

35.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

38.2%

Male Marriage Rate

33.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Bethlehem Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Bethlehem Marital Status

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3,944

Number of Veterans

3,746

Male Veterans

198

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,389
Second Gulf War486
First Gulf War466
Korea369
World War II271

Bethlehem Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 741,194
75+1,099
35 to 54734
55 to 64648
18 to 34269

Bethlehem Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White3,6637.51%
Hispanic5123.30%
Black1162.58%
Other Race1103.26%
2+ Races421.55%
Asian130.61%

Bethlehem Veterans by Race

Bethlehem Veterans by Education

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5.93%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.80%

Veteran Disability Rate

Bethlehem Veterans by Education

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60.4%

Labor Force Participation

57.3%

Employment Rate

5.2%

Unemployment Rate

Bethlehem Employment by Age

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Bethlehem Employment by Race

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Bethlehem Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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54.65%

Born in Bethlehem

90.45%

Native Born

9.55%

Foreign Born

4.91%

Non Citizen

4.64%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

90.45% of Bethlehem residents were born in the United States, with 54.65% having been born in Pennsylvania. 4.91% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Bethlehem Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202175,961730.10%
202075,888730.10%
201975,815730.10%
201875,7421960.26%
201775,5462730.36%
201675,2733070.41%
201574,9660.00%
201474,9661140.15%
201374,852-188-0.25%
201275,040-21-0.03%
201175,061820.11%
201074,9793,6500.50%
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%

Bethlehem Population by Year