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Bethlehem, North Carolina - Basic Facts

Bethlehem is the common name for the community and surrounding area while the formal official name is the Bethlehem Census Designated Place.

It is a community or populated place (Class Code U5) located in Alexander County at latitude 35.8257 and longitude -81.307. Alexander County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,129 feet.

The formal boundaries for the Bethlehem Census Designated Place (see map) encompass a land area of 7.63 sq. miles and a water area of 1.26 sq. miles.

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Bethlehem, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 4,456
Population in Households 4,456
Population in Familes 3,852
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 584
Diversity Index2 12


Total Households 1,854
Average Household Size 2.4
Family Households 1,396
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,066 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,584 (76.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 270 (13.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 212 (10.3%)
Median Home Value $163,651
Average Home Value $205,556


Median Household Income $54,025
Average Household Income $72,617
Per Capita Income $30,228
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 1.32% 0.69%
Households 1.55% 0.76%
Families 1.22% 0.69%
Median Household Income   1.91%
Per Capita Income   2.4%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Bethlehem, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Bethlehem to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 168 77th
Population Density1 # 412 44th
Diversity Index2 # 702 5th
Median Household Income # 112 85th
Per Capita Income # 91 88th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE North Carolina Census Data Comparison Tool.