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Bethlehem Township is a Township in Hunterdon Countymarker, New Jerseymarker, United Statesmarker. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 3,820.

Bethlehem was first mention in official records dating back to 1730, though details of its formation are uncertain. Bethlehem was incorporated as one of New Jersey's initial 104 townships by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798. Portions of the township were taken to form Kingwood Townshipmarker (1749, date uncertain), Alexandria Townshipmarker (March 5, 1765), Union Townshipmarker (February 17, 1853) Junction borough (February 20, 1895, now known as Hampton boroughmarker), Bloomsburymarker (March 30, 1905) and Glen Gardnermarker (March 26, 1919). The Musconetcong River forms its northern border with Warren Countymarker. The northern half of the Township consists of the Musconetcong Valley while the southern half is covered by the Musconetcong Mountains.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 20.8 square miles (54.0 km²), all of it land.

Bethlehem Township borders Hampton Boroughmarker, Glen Gardner Boroughmarker, Lebanon Townshipmarker, Union Townshipmarker, Alexandria Townshipmarker, and Bloomsbury Boroughmarker. Bethlehem Township also borders Warren Countymarker.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,820 people, 1,266 households, and 1,092 families residing in the township. The population density was 183.3 people per square mile (70.8/km²). There were 1,303 housing units at an average density of 62.5/sq mi (24.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.51% White, 0.86% African American, 0.10% Native American, 1.02% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.03% from other races, and 0.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.62% of the population.

There were 1,266 households out of which 43.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 80.3% were married couples living together, 3.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 13.7% were non-families. 10.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.02 and the average family size was 3.26.

In the township the population was spread out with 29.5% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 29.4% from 45 to 64, and 6.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 101.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.9 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $88,048, and the median income for a family was $92,768. Males had a median income of $69,063 versus $41,806 for females. The per capita income for the township was $35,298. None of the families and 1.0% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 10.0% of those over 64.

Government

Local government

Bethlehem Township is governed under the Township form of government with a five-member Township Committee. The Township Committee is elected directly by the voters in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one or two seats coming up for election each year. At an annual reorganization meeting, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another as Deputy Mayor.

Members of the Bethlehem Township Committee are Mayor John Graefe, Deputy Mayor Greg Glazar, Steven Kucinski, John Meehan and John Jimenez.

Federal, state and county representation

Bethlehem Township is in the Seventh Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 23rd Legislative District.

Education

Students in public school for grades K through 8 attend the schools of the Bethlehem Township School Districtmarker. Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Thomas B. Conley School for grades K - 4 (325 students) and Ethel Hoppock Middle School for grades 5 - 8 (298 students).

Public school students in grades 9 through 12 attend North Hunterdon High Schoolmarker in Annandalemarker as part of the North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School Districtmarker. North Hunterdon High School serves students from Bethlehem Township, Clinton Townmarker, Clinton Townshipmarker, Franklin Townshipmarker, Lebanon Boroughmarker and Union Townshipmarker.

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Bethlehem Township include:

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