Nazareth, Pennsylvania

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Nazareth, Pennsylvania

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.

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High Points

Nazareth strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Pennsylvania):

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 16% Nazareth Well-Paid Single Women
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 17% Nazareth Short Commute Times
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 18% Nazareth Well-Paid Single Men

Comparative Profile of Nazareth, Pennsylvania

Comparing Nazareth to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Pennsylvania (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 10 10
Age of the Population 9 8
Female Share of the Population 9 9
Well-Paid Single Women 7 9
Well-Paid Single Men 7 9
Male Share of the Population 2 2
Racial Diversity 1 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 4 5
Average Household Size 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 6 8
People Above Poverty 6 7
Median Family Income 6 8
College Educated Adults 5 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 8 9
Working at Home 7 8
Walking and Biking to Work 2 2
Public Transportation Use 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 9
People Living Alone 10 8
Affordability of Rents 5 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 3
Housing Recently Built 1 2

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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
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Nazareth Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 6,023 100%
Male 2,773 46%
Female 3,250 54%
Under 18 1,217 20.2%
18+ 4,806 79.8%
65+ 1,472 24.4%
Median Age 41.4
Average Family Size 2.89
White 5,930 98.5%
African-American 33 0.5%
Asian 24 0.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 5 0.1%
Other 17 0.3%
Mixed Race 14 0.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 57 0.9%

Estimated Nazareth Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 6,023
Growth 0
Growth % 0%

Nazareth Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 34.1%
Pennsylvania German 13%
Italian 11%
Irish 7.9%
US/American 5.8%
English 5.1%
Austrian 3.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 2.9%
Polish 2.5%
Dutch 2.5%
Hungarian 2.3%
Slovak 1.5%
French (except Basque) 1.1%
Welsh 0.9%
Scotch-Irish 0.9%
Ukrainian 0.8%
European 0.8%
French Canadian 0.7%
Norwegian 0.5%
Greek 0.5%
Scottish 0.4%
British 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Portuguese 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Kenyan 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Nazareth 6,023 $50,298
Bath 2,678 $52,300
Easton 26,263 $38,704
Glendon 367 $45,417
Stockertown 687 $59,375
Tatamy 930 $55,750
West Easton 1,152 $48,393

Nazareth Public Libraries

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

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