No room for Mary and Joseph in Trenton? Try Bethlehem.


Mary and Joseph came to Trenton, but there was no room at the Statehouse.

Two affordable housing advocates dressed as the biblical figures of Mary and Joseph paid a visit last week to the New Jersey Governor's office. But the advocates were rebuffed by the transition office of Gov.-elect Chris Christie, just as the real Mary and Joseph were turned away more than 2,000 years ago, reported NJ.com.

The advocates, along with a group of protesters and Clergy, were calling attention the the plight of many poor and homeless N.J. families who would be affected by Christie's vows to "gut" the state's affordable housing requirements. "They're looking for a place to live, they're looking for a room at the inn and they're being turned away," Adam Gordon, a staff attorney from the Fair Share Housing Center, told NJ.com.

So much for Love Thy Neighbor. But then, here's a word of advice: never go to state capitols in search of wise men.


If Trenton was a bust, maybe the housing advocates could try Bethlehem. Turns out there are several towns of that name across the U.S. that might be more accommodating.

How might Mary and Joseph fare if they lived in Bethlehem? Well, the cost of living in Bethlehem Township, N.J. is 34 percent higher than average American town, with a median home cost of about $475,000, according to Sperling's Best Places. But in Indiana's Bethlehem township in Cass County, the cost of living is 32 percent lower than the average American city, with a median home price of about $93,000.

So, we wonder: Where would Jesus live? Here is a look at the cost of living in five U.S. towns named Bethlehem (who knew there were so many? Actually we found close to 20 U.S. cities bearing this name; some states had more than one!)



Place: Bethlehem, PA

Population: 72,531
Median home cost: $154,980.
Cost of living: 1.71% lower than the U.S. average.


Place: Bethlehem, NY
Population: 33,127
Median home cost: $217,690.
Cost of living: 14.55% higher than the U.S. average.


Place
: Bethlehem, NJ
Population: 3,945
Median home cost: $475,530.
Cost of living: 34.32% higher than the U.S. average.


Place: Bethlehem, IN
(Cass County)
Population: 854
Median home cost: $93,050.
Cost of living is 32.33% lower than the U.S. average.


Place: Bethlehem, GA.

Population: 1,054
Median home cost: $111,570.
Cost of living is 16.82% lower than the U.S. average.



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