Nestled between Easton and Allentown in Eastern Pennsylvania, is a city rich in colonial and industrial history. With a population of 75,000, Bethlehem provides the warm, friendly atmosphere of a small town with all the amenities of a large city.
Bethlehem is situated in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley and is just 50 miles north of Philadelphia and 75 miles west of New York City. With the average home price between $140,000- $240,000, Bethlehem’s low real estate prices make it a popular bedroom community for the New York area and other larger surrounding cities.
Bethlehem is divided into three general areas: North Bethlehem, South Bethlehem and West Bethlehem. Each of these sections flourished during the city’s urban expansion and contains areas recognized under the National Register of Historic Places.
Bethlehem was founded over 250 years ago in 1741by the Moravian community. With six National Register Historic Districts, several famous historic sites and museums, Bethlehem is a lively community infused with a rich cultural heritage.
Once Lehigh Valley’s steel capital, Bethlehem has undergone a cultural renaissance within the last decades, transforming the city into a dynamic center of arts, technology and education. Featuring over 40 outdoor parks, award-winning schools, a vibrant arts and cultural scene, in addition to a variety of exceptional restaurants, shops and entertainment venues throughout its downtown area—Bethlehem has something for everyone all year round.
Today the city is also known as Christmas City, USA and is home to over 150 community events and festivals throughout the year. The city’s annual Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem, a popular outdoor Christmas marketplace has been recognized by Travel and Leisure as one of the top holiday market’s in the world. The area also hosts Musikfest, an annual music festival that attracts more than 1 million people every August, and the Celtic Classic, the nation's largest Celtic festival, in September.
Boutiques, saloons and savory restaurants line the streets in Historic Downtown Bethlehem on the city's North Side, including "Restaurant Row," on West Broad Street. On the First Friday of every month, there is a celebration showing off the best of the Southside district with music, entertainment and food throughout the area’s many shops and galleries.
In 2006, Money Magazine listed Bethlehem as one of its “Top 100 Places to Live.” In 2008, Bethlehem was also named one of the "Best Places to Live and Launch," by Fortune Small Business magazine in recognition of the city's growing technology industries and the support Lehigh Valley’s colleges, universities and hospitals provide to entrepreneurs and new businesses.