Bethlehem, Georgia

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Bethlehem, Georgia
Motto(s): 
"The little town under the star"
Location in Barrow County and the state of Georgia
Location in Barrow County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 33°56′11″N 83°42′38″W / 33.93639°N 83.71056°W / 33.93639; -83.71056Coordinates: 33°56′11″N 83°42′38″W / 33.93639°N 83.71056°W / 33.93639; -83.71056
CountryUnited States
StateGeorgia
CountyBarrow
Area
 • Total2.60 sq mi (6.73 km2)
 • Land2.58 sq mi (6.68 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
Elevation
860 ft (262 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total601
 • Estimate 
(2019)[2]
725
 • Density281.23/sq mi (108.59/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
30620
Area code(s)770; 404; 678
FIPS code13-07612[3]
GNIS feature ID0331150[4]
Websitewww.bethlehemga.org

Bethlehem is a town in Barrow County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 601.[5]

Despite its small population, the town is very well known for its name, which comes from the community's original church, 'Bethlehem Methodist',[6] namesake of the biblical town of Bethlehem. The local post office annually postmarks thousands of Christmas cards and other pieces of mail prior to Christmas.[7] The street names in town are all names from the story of the birth of Christ.[6]

History[edit]

Bethlehem was incorporated in 1902 by an act of the Georgia General Assembly.[8] The town took its name from the local Bethlehem Methodist Church.[9]

Geography[edit]

Bethlehem is located in southern Barrow County at 33°56′11″N 83°42′38″W / 33.93639°N 83.71056°W / 33.93639; -83.71056 (33.936492, -83.710481),[10] 4 miles (6 km) south of Winder, the county seat.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2), all land.[11]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910209
192024617.7%
1930209−15.0%
194024215.8%
1950240−0.8%
196029723.8%
19703042.4%
1980281−7.6%
199034823.8%
2000716105.7%
2010601−16.1%
Est. 2019725[2]20.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 716 people, 254 households, and 199 families residing in the town. The population density was 331.8 people per square mile (128.0/km2). There were 265 housing units at an average density of 122.8 per square mile (47.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 85.61% White, 14.75% African American, 0.14% Native American, 2.93% Asian, 6.01% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.54% of the population.

There were 254 households, out of which 40.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.7% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.3% were non-families. 18.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 29.2% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 35.2% from 25 to 44, 17.5% from 45 to 64, and 9.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females, there were 106.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $47,500, and the median income for a family was $50,625. Males had a median income of $35,714 versus $25,163 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,214. About 3.4% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 24.1% of those age 65 or over.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ Bureau, U.S. Census. "American FactFinder - Results". factfinder2.census.gov. Archived from the original on 2020-02-12.
  6. ^ a b "Bethlehem history". www.bethlehemga.org.
  7. ^ "Bethlehem". GeorgiaGov. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  8. ^ Acts and Resolutions of the General Assembly of the State of Georgia. Clark & Hines, State Printers. 1903. p. 344.
  9. ^ Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 17. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  11. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Bethlehem town, Georgia". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  12. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.

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