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Bethlehem, NH


bethlehem New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Bethlehem Board of Selectmen
Mary Moritz, Chair
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 1,432 over 49 years, from 1,142 in 1970 to 2,574 in 2019. The largest decennial percent change was between 1970 and 1980, when population increased by 56 percent. The 2019 Census estimate for Bethlehem was 2,574 residents, which ranked 121st among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 28.3 persons per square mile of land area. Bethlehem contains 90.9 square miles of land area and 0.1 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2018 $3,087,514
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $5,768,447
Zoning Ordinance 1972/11
Master Plan Yes
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Zoning
Appointed:Conservation; Library
Public Library Bethlehem Public

Emergency Services
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

Utilities
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:
BusinessYes
ResidentialYes

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2019 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $26.73
2019 Equalization Ratio 88.2
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.29
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings82.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings14.0%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.0%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,535
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,189
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 53
Five or More Units in Structure 190
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 103
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 2,574 89,886
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) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   1,207 Female:   1,362
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 110
Age 5 to 19 245
Age 20 to 34 406
Age 35 to 54 690
Age 55 to 64 585
Age 65 and over 533
Median Age 52.3 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher 31.5%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $32,719
Median family income $72,895
Median household income $55,556
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $48,824
Female $41,864
Individuals below the poverty level 9.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 1,472 1,440
Employed 1,384 1,405
Unemployed 88 35
Unemployment Rate 6.0% 2.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 14 66
Average Weekly Wage $952 $607
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 393 369
Average Weekly Wage $624 $750
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 407 435
Average Weekly Wage $636 $728
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 170 172
Average Weekly Wage $607 $681
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 577 607
Average Weekly Wage $627 $715

If "n" appears, data does not meet disclosure standards.


(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
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 (Littleton); White Mountains RHS (Whitefield) Region: 3
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1 3
Grade Levels P K 1-6 7-8 9-12 P 1-12 PG
Total Enrollment 139 92 134 158
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: White Mountains
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Granite State College-Littleton

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
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 MountainRunway2,640 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 67 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
 
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 100 miles
Portland, ME 105 miles
Boston, MA 151 miles
New York City, NY 344 miles
Montreal, Quebec 173 miles

(ACS 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 82.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 3.5%
Public transportation 0.3%
Walked 3.8%
Other Means 10.0%
Worked at home 7.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 23.6 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 21.0%
Commuting to another NH community 71.9%
Commuting out-of-state 7.1%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Museums
X Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourist 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
Boating/Marinas
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, 2021. Community Response Received 6/7/17

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