Introduction to Nazareth, Pennsylvania

Nazareth, Pennsylvania, in Northampton county, is 8 miles N of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 55 miles N of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There are 6,023 residents in Nazareth, which is in the Allentown - Bethlehem - Easton area.

Nazareth History

The area was originally owned by the family of William Penn. George Whitefield, an English evangelist, purchased 5,000 acres in the region in 1740. Since the annual tax of the land was one rose, the area came to be referred to as the "Barony of the Rose". A stone building, now known as the Whitefield House, was constructed in May, 1740. A group of Moravian immigrants bought Whitfield's property in 1741 and established the community of "Nazareth", named after the biblical town where Jesus Christ spent his youth. In the mid-1900s, a large number of Pennsylvania Dutch settlers arrived, and Nazareth became home to people of different religious faiths. The town experienced significant growth and development during the construction boom of the late 20th century.

Nazareth and Nearby Attractions

  • Whitefield House Museum
  • George Taylor House
  • National Canal Museum
  • Beltzville State Park
  • Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom
  • Spruce Run Recreation Area

Things To Do In Nazareth

The town of Nazareth is close to a number of historic sites and museums including the National Canal Museum, Historic Bethlehem, Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, George Taylor House, and Stroud Mansion. Beltzville State Park, which is situated on 2,972 acres, offers amenities for boating, fishing, hiking, swimming, and picnicking. Spruce Run Recreation Area features nature trails, and swimming and picnic areas. Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, Sesame Place, Bushkill Park, and Leonard Buck Garden are among other popular destinations near Nazareth.

Nazareth Transportation

Air transportation is available from Lehigh Valley International Airport.

Nazareth Higher Education

Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Moravian College, and Northampton County Area Community College are some of the colleges near Nazareth.


Total Population 5,701
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 19.3%
Employed Population 16+ 2,886
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 51.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $67,902
% Above Poverty Level 91.8%
% Below Poverty Level 8.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.9%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 35.2%
Median Gross Rent $869
Median House Value $167,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.7%
US/American 0%
English 4.4%
Irish 17.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Nazareth Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles N of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (center to center)
Nearest Large City 55 miles N of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Northampton
Metro Area Allentown - Bethlehem - Easton
Standard Zip Codes 18064
Phone Area Codes 610
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.74
Longitude -75.31

Nazareth Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 9.6 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 35 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 63 F
Annual Precip 45.1 inches
Distance 13.5 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 45.1 inches
Distance 17.6 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 39 to 62 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 49.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bath 2,680 $52,292
Easton 26,996 $46,709
Glendon 424 $52,917

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

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