Bethlehem, Connecticut

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Bethlehem is a town in Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 3,422 at the 2000 census. The town center was designated in the 2000 census as a census-designated place (CDP).

The town's name has prompted thousands of visitors each December to mail their Christmas cards at the local post office in order to get a "Bethlehem" postmark.[2]

Bethlehem is one of the two towns in Litchfield County served by the area code 203/area code 475 overlay. The other is the Town of Woodbury.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 19.7 square miles (50.9 km²), of which, 19.4 square miles (50.1 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²) of it (1.53%) is water. The census-designated place (CDP) corresponding to the town center has a total area of 20.9 km² (8.1 mi²), of which 20.2 km² (7.8 mi²) is land and 0.7 km² (0.3 mi²) (3.35%) is water.

At the eastern side of town is a ridge called "the Devil's Backbone", one of more than 30 Connecticut places named afer the devil.[2]

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As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 3,422 people, 1,246 households, and 935 families residing in the town. The population density was 176.8 people per square mile (68.2/km²). There were 1,388 housing units at an average density of 71.7/sq mi (27.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.49% White, 0.26% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.79% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.38% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.64% of the population.

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