New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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New Bethlehem is a borough in Clarion County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,057 at the 2000 census.



New Bethlehem is located at 41°0′12″N 79°19′51″W / 41.00333°N 79.33083°W / 41.00333; -79.33083 (41.003302, -79.330935)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²), all of it land.


One of the prominent early settlers of the borough was Henry "Gum" Nolf (alternative spellings include Nulph), who built the first store, grist-, and saw-mill.[2] The town was first referred to as Gumtown in honor of Nolf, but subsequently was named Bethlehem, and later New Bethlehem to distinguish it from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in the eastern part of the state.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,057 people, 489 households, and 274 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,217.9 people per square mile (850.2/km²). There were 575 housing units at an average density of 1,206.5/sq mi (462.5/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.49% White, 0.76% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.09% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.57% of the population.

There were 489 households out of which 21.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.0% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.8% were non-families. 40.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.80.

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