Located in the heart of the Lehigh Valley, historic Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is home to 72,000 people. Bethlehem is undergoing an industrial and cultural revitalization, and was named as one of Money magazine’s “100 Best Places to Live” in 2006. The area is home to a number of colleges, including the respected Lehigh University.
Bethlehem has a vibrant arts scene, filled with galleries, theaters and special events. Every August, residents and visitors enjoy the annual Musikfest, a mostly free ten-day festival. Other events include the SouthSide Film Festival, an annual celebration of Celtic culture, and the NEARFest progressive rock festival. The city has many options for shopping, dining and recreation, highlighted by First Friday, a monthly cultural celebration. 39 parks cover almost 600 acres, offering opportunities for fishing, hiking, picnicking, swimming and more.