Bethlehem, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Bethlehem, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Bethlehem Census Designated Place had a population of 4,417 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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Bethlehem, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 4,417
Daytime Population: Workers 896
Daytime Population: Residents 2,312
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 3,208
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.73
Population in Households 4,417
Population in Familes 3,811
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 579
Diversity Index3 12


Median Household Income $55,371
Average Household Income $76,341
Per Capita Income $31,486


Total Housing Units 2,021 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,545 (76.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 278 (13.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 198 ( 9.8%)
Median Home Value $187,348
Average Home Value $304,447


Total Households 1,823
Average Household Size 2.42
Family Households 1,369
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.65% 0.15%
Households 0.67% 0.15%
Families 0.44% 0.09%
Median Household Income   3.31%
Per Capita Income   3.21%

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, 2017 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 # 173 77th
Population Density # 413 44th
Diversity Index # 709 4th
Median Household Income # 132 82nd
Per Capita Income # 118 84th

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