Bethlehem, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Bethlehem, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Bethlehem Census Designated Place had a population of 4,511 as of July 1, 2016. Bethlehem ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Bethlehem is located at latitude 35.8175 and longitude -81.3008 in Alexander County. The formal boundaries for the Bethlehem Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 7.63 sq. miles and a water area of 1.26 sq. miles. Alexander County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,129 feet.

The Bethlehem Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2402685) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Bethlehem Census Designated Place is located within Township of Wittenburg, a minor civil division (MCD) of Alexander County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Bethlehem population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Bethlehem, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 4,511
Population in Households 4,511
Population in Familes 3,899
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 592
Diversity Index2 12


Total Households 1,869
Average Household Size 2.41
Family Households 1,406
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,080 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,589 (76.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 279 (13.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 211 (10.1%)
Median Home Value $185,698
Average Home Value $300,457


Median Household Income $53,920
Average Household Income $72,924
Per Capita Income $30,226
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.1% 0.69%
Households 1.18% 0.74%
Families 0.94% 0.67%
Median Household Income   2.11%
Per Capita Income   2.11%
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, 2016 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 # 169 77th
Population Density1 # 413 44th
Diversity Index2 # 707 5th
Median Household Income # 133 82nd
Per Capita Income # 110 85th

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