Historic Bethlehem

Historic Bethlehem

HISTORIC BETHLEHEM

Bethlehem is a city in Lehigh and Northampton counties in the Lehigh Valley region of the eastern portion of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 74,982, making it the seventh largest city in Pennsylvania, after Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Erie,Reading, and Scranton.[2] Of this, 55,639 were in Northampton County, and 19,343 were in Lehigh County.

The Blacksmith Shop in Historic Bethlehem Photo: Mike Brint

The Blacksmith Shop in Historic Bethlehem
Photo: Mike BrintCounty, and 19,343 were in Lehigh County.

Bethlehem lies in the center of the Lehigh Valley, a region of 731 square miles (1,893 km²) that is home to more than 800,000 people. Together with Allentown and Easton, the Valley embraces the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ

Bethlehem Railroad Tracks

Bethlehem Railroad Tracks

metropolitan area, including Lehigh, Northampton, andCarbon counties within Pennsylvania, andWarren County in the adjacent state of New Jersey. Smaller than Allentown but larger than Easton, Bethlehem is the Lehigh Valley’s second most populous city. In turn, this metropolitan area comprises Pennsylvania’s third-largest metropolitan area and the state’s largest and most populous contribution to the greater New York City metropolitan area.

There are four general sections of the city: central Bethlehem, the south side, the east side, and the west side. Each of these sections blossomed at different times in the city’s development and each contains areas recognized under the National Register of Historic Places. Zip codes that use the address Bethlehem totaled 116,000 in population in the year 2000. These

Steelstacks at Sunset Photo by Leroy Bogert

Steelstacks at Sunset Photo by Leroy Bogert

zip codes include Bethlehem Township and Hanover Township.

In July 2006, Money magazine placed Bethlehem as number 88 on its “Top 100 Best Places to Live.”[3]

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