NHES and ELMI agency logos
New Hampshire Employment Security - an official New Hampshire Government web site
Smaller text size Reset text size Larger text size
link to website translation page

ELMI Home > Products > Community Profiles >

Community Profiles

Bethlehem, NH

bethlehem New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Bethlehem Board of Selectmen
Gerald Blanchard, Chairman
PO Box 189
Bethlehem, NH 03574
Telephone (603) 869-3351 x10
Fax (603) 869-2280
E-mail admin@bethlehemnh.org
Web Site www.bethlehemnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday through Thursday, 8 am - 4 pm, Friday, 8 am - 12 noon; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, 8 am - 7 pm, Tuesday through Thursday, 8 am - 4 pm, Friday, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

County Grafton
Labor Market Area Littleton, NH-VT LMA, NH part
Tourism Region White Mountains
Planning Commission North Country Council
Regional Development Grafton County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 1
State Representative Grafton County District s1, 14

Incorporated: 1799
Origin: This community was first established in 1774 as Lloyd's Hills, the last of the provincial land grants. Probably because James Lloyd, for whom the town was named, was a loyalist, voters elected to change the name following the Revolution. The name Bethlehem was selected on the last Christmas Day in the century, and the town was so incorporated on December 27, 1799. According to the US Postal Service, Bethlehem is one of several US communities with holiday-themed names who have special holiday postmarks.
Villages and Place Names: Alderbrook, Five Corners, Maplewood, Pierce Bridge
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 171 residents in 1800
Population Trends: Population change for Bethlehem totaled 1,631 over 53 years, from 898 in 1960 to 2,529 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was between 1970 and 1980, when population increased by 56 percent. The 2013 Census estimate for Bethlehem was 2,529 residents, which tied with Rollinsford, ranking 120th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 27.8 persons per square mile of land area. Bethlehem contains 90.9 square miles of land area and 0.06 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $2,751,032
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $6,256,152
Zoning Ordinance 1972/11
Master Plan 2004
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Planning; Zoning
Public Library Bethlehem Public

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time Chief & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Littleton Regional, Littleton 8 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; Littleton Water & Light
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Bethlehem Village District
Sanitation Private septic & municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Time Warner; Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2014 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $30.83
2014 Equalization Ratio 96.0
2014 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $29.19
2014 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings82.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings14.4%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.4%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 1,690
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,182
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 155
Five or More Units in Structure 235
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 118
Total Population Community County
2013 2,529 89,268
2010 2,526 89,118
2000 2,206 81,826
1990 2,018 74,998
1980 1,784 65,806
1970 1,142 54,914
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:   1,217 Female:   1,312
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 77
Age 5 to 19 544
Age 20 to 34 291
Age 35 to 54 875
Age 55 to 64 407
Age 65 and over 335
Median Age 44.4 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 92.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 30.9%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income 27,626
Median family income 66,016
Median household income 49,455
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male 44,919
Female 39,250
Individuals below the poverty level 14.3%

Annual Average 2004 2014
Civilian Labor Force 1,399 1,381
Employed 1,351 1,330
Unemployed 48.0 51
Unemployment Rate 3.4% 3.7%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 27 29
Average Weekly Wage $585 $525
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 314 317
Average Weekly Wage $509 $641
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 341 345
Average Weekly Wage $515 $632
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 173 180
Average Weekly Wage $624 $614
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 513 525
Average Weekly Wage $552 $626
'n' indicates data does not meet disclosure standards

Schools students attend: Bethlehem operates grades K-6; grades 7-12 are part of Profile Cooperative (Bethlehem, Easton, Franconia, Sugar Hill) SAU 35
Career Technology Center(s): Hugh J. Gallen Career & Technical Center Region: 3
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1 3
Grade Levels K 1-6 7-8 9-12 K 1-12
Total Enrollment 152 79 168 155
2015 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 15
Nearest Community/Technical College: White Mountains
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Granite State College-Littleton

Profile Junior/Senior High School Education 55 1976
White Mountain School Education 54
Bethlehem Elementary School Education 35
Pinetree Power Inc. Electric plant 20 1988
Town of Bethlehem Municipal services 15
*Employer information supplied by municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes 3, 302
State Routes 18, 116, 142
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exits 39 - 40
Distance Local access
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Twin Mountain
Runway 2,640 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 67 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 103 miles
Portland, ME 107 miles
Boston, MA 154 miles
New York City, NY 347 miles
Montreal, Quebec 173 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 84.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 3.3%
Public transportation 0%
Walked 0.8%
Other Means 1.5%
Worked at home 10.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 23.6 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 21.4%
Commuting to another NH community 72.9%
Commuting out-of-state 5.7%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Cannon Mountain, Bretton Woods
Other: Antiques; The Rocks Tree Farm; Hiking; Moutain Biking; Bretz Fielder Park

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2015.
Community Response Received 05/21/15

All information regarding the communities is from sources deemed reliable and is submitted subject to errors, omissions, modifications, and withdrawals without notice. No warranty or representation is made as to the accuracy of the information contained herein. Specific questions regarding individual cities and towns should be directed to the community contact.


Translation Resources and Disclaimer

New Hampshire Employment Security (NHES)
45 South Fruit Street  |  Concord NH 03301  |  603-224-3311  |  1-800-852-3400
TDD Access: Relay NH 1-800-735-2964
webmaster@nhes.nh.gov for web page related issues only