Just over 70,000 people strong, Bethlehem PA is the 6th largest city in Pennsylvania. It was founded on Christmas Eve in 1741 by the Moravians and since has adopted the nickname “The Christmas City”. Bethlehem is commonly divided into three main sections – North Bethlehem, South Bethlehem, and West Bethlehem. Each of these areas has developed a unique personality over the years, has thrived for different reasons, and come in to its own at different times.
The historic downtown of North Bethlehem immediately gives you the sense of a classic American town. Anchored by the Hotel Bethlehem, Main St. is lined with wide sidewalks, old fashioned lamp posts, eclectic boutiques, and locally owned restaurants. On a day with nice weather you will find the street bustling with residents browsing the shops, catching up with friends over coffee, or enjoying a meal outside on the tables placed storefront. The public library and city hall center are a stones-throw away perched with a beautiful view of South Bethlehem and South Mountain.
Home of Lehigh University and the former site of Bethlehem Steel, South Bethlehem has taken on a ?hip? vibe enjoyed particularly by the younger population. Since 1995 when Bethlehem Steel closed its final doors, South Bethlehem has experienced a sort of renessance. Today you will find the streets filled with organic clothing stores, funky home furnishing stores, art spaces, and delicious hole-in-the-wall restaurants. The former steel warehouses and factories are currently being converted to green spaces, retail stores, fine dining establishments, and most notably of late — The Sands Casino.
West Bethlehem is characterized by wide tree lined streets and arts and crafts styled homes. The area is perfect for leisurely evening strolls or walks to visit neighbors in the tight nit community. West Bethlehem is separated from Allentown by the Lehigh River and has extremely convenient access to Route 22, 378, and the Lehigh Valley International Airport.
Bethlehem in general has convenient access to Routes 22, 33 and 378. The Bethlehem Area School District is one of the largest school districts in the area — featuring two rival high schools – Freedom and Liberty. Making Money Magazine’s Top 100 Places to live in 2006, Bethlehem is a great place to settle if you are looking for variety, a higher population, and convenience.