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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    A
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Bethlehem is a suburb of with a population of 34,888. Bethlehem is in Albany County and is one of the best places to live in New York. Living in Bethlehem offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Bethlehem there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in Bethlehem and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Bethlehem are highly rated.
About Bethlehem...
Population
34,888

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$269,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,185
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    25%
  • Own
    75%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    44.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    22.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    8.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    78.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,302.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    14
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    9%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    34%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Bethlehem

Jobs
A
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$97,679
National
$55,322
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Bethlehem Reviews

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Wonderful town! Great schools and a responsible town government. A real sense of community that supports activities for all ages - from Mommy and Me sessions at the Town Parks to a community run institute that offers college level classes for seniors. Town facilities are terrific - great parks and nature trails and a wonderful library. Streets are safe and walk-able with an ever expanding set of sidewalks and bike paths. Local shopping is good and big city options are not far away. A terrific place to raise a family.
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Bethlehem has a great public school system that is consistently placed high in state charts. It is a rather expensive area to live, however, leading to a large amount of wealthy residents unable to connect to those in need. It also has poor racial diversity. However, there are many amazing attributes. There are several weekly farmer's markets to support small, local businesses. Bethlehem is home to many well-maintained parks as well. It is a very good place to live if you lead a healthy lifestyle. There are town races, a trail that spans and connects corners of the town, and several gyms.
During this pandemic, Bethlehem has done a lot in order to keep seniors like myself in the light and show their compassion for us. Seniors had the chance to pick up lawn signs that recognized the Class of 2020, which I thought was a very genuine and caring action. In addition to this Bethlehem has food pantries for the people who might be in the need of food; they also have Town and School Board Meetings to discuss with the public about possible changes. The list continues to go on. To be quite honest, nothing is popping in my head right now as to things they should change.