Bethlehem Profile


The Town of Bethlehem is an attractive place to do business.Its location is proximate to all major markets in the northeast, and provides for an extraordinary quality of life. The Town of Bethlehem is a diverse, educated, and well-rounded community of over 33,000 residents who work hard, play hard and respect their community. This provides unparalleled economic development potential and a desirable atmosphere for companies to grow and expand.

Town of Bethlehem

Median Household Income $88,717

Albany-Schenectady Troy MSA

Median Household Income$79,724

Unemployment Rates (not seasonally adjusted)

Area March 2015
United States 5.6%
New York State 5.8%
Capital Region 4.8%
Albany-Schenectady-Troy MSA 4.6%

Bethlehem Workers by Class

Type Percent
Employee of Private Companies 45.9%
Self-Employed in Own Incorporated Business 5.21%
Private Not-for-Profit Wage and Salary Workers 13.18%
Local, State, and Federal Government Workers 30.17%
Self-Employed in Own Not Incorporated Businesses and Unpaid Family Workers 5.54 %

Bethlehem Educational Attainment of Persons 25 and Older

Level Percentage with At Least
High School Diploma 96.49%
Some College, No Degree 80.39%
Associate’s Degree 67.22%
Bachelor’s Degree 55.15%
Graduate or Professional Degree 32.38%

Median Housing Value for Owner-Occupied Units: $270,900

Median Gross Rent $1,076

Social Characteristics

A full Community Fact Sheet on Bethlehem can be found here and for more information on the Town of Bethlehem please contact Elizabeth Staubach, Economic Development Coordinator at 518-439-4955 ext. 1189 or at