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.


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People

The 2009 Bethlehem township (Coshocton county), OH, population is 1,190. There are 48 people per square mile (population density).

Family in Bethlehem township (Coshocton county), OH

The median age is 40.7. The US median is 37.6. 66.19% of people in Bethlehem township (Coshocton county), OH, are married. 9.34% are divorced.

The average household size is 2.64 people. 27.51% of people are married, with children. 6.48% have children, but are single.

Race in Bethlehem township (Coshocton county), OH

95.75% of people are white, 3.16% are black, 0.08% are asian, 0.00% are native american, and 0.97% claim 'Other'.

1.13% of the people in Bethlehem township (Coshocton county), OH, claim hispanic ethnicity (meaning 98.87% are non-hispanic).

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People Bethlehem township (Coshocton county), OH United States
Population 1,190 301,621,157
Pop. Density 48 80
Pop. Change 1.68% 5.88%
Median Age 40.7 37.6
Households 462 108,954,329
Household Size 2.64 2.6
Male Population 48.74% 48.65%
Female Population 51.26% 51.35%
Married Population 66.19% 58.89%
Single Population 33.81% 41.11%

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Health

There are 67 physicians per 100,000 population in Bethlehem township (Coshocton county), OH. The US average is 170.

Bethlehem township (Coshocton county), OH Health Index

Air quality in Bethlehem township (Coshocton county), OH is 29 on a scale to 100 (higher is better). This is based on ozone alert days and number of pollutants in the air, as reported by the EPA.

Water quality in Bethlehem township (Coshocton county), OH is 48 on a scale to 100 (higher is better). The EPA has a complex method of measuring watershed quality using 15 indicators.

Superfund index is 81 on a scale to 100 (higher is better). This is upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts.

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Health Bethlehem township (Coshocton county), OH United States
Air Quality (100=best) 29 48
Water Quality (100=best) 48 55
Superfund Sites (100=best) 81 71
Physicians per 100k 67.3 169.7

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Economy

The unemployment rate in Bethlehem township (Coshocton county), OH, is 13.80%, with job growth of -5.10%. Future job growth over the next ten years is predicted to be 15.90%.

Bethlehem township (Coshocton county), OH Taxes

Bethlehem township (Coshocton county), OH,sales tax rate is 7.00%. Income tax is 5.33%.

Bethlehem township (Coshocton county), OH Income and Salaries

The income per capita is $23,145, which includes all adults and children. The median household income is $48,405.

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Economy Bethlehem township (Coshocton county), OH United States
Unemployment Rate 13.80% 8.50%
Recent Job Growth -5.10% -3.10%
Future Job Growth 15.90% 26.40%
Sales Taxes 7.00% 6.00%
Income Taxes 5.33% 5.02%
Income per Cap. $23,145 $24,020
Household Income $48,405 $44,684
ESTIMATED HOUSEHOLDS BY HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Income Less Than 15K 11.18% 13.64%
Income between 15K and 25K 8.86% 11.21%
Income between 25K and 35K 12.66% 11.46%
Income between 35K and 50K 18.99% 15.84%
Income between 50K and 75K 21.94% 19.28%
Income between 75K and 100K 15.82% 11.53%
Income between 100K and 150K 7.17% 10.70%
Income between 150K and 250K 2.32% 4.43%
Income between 250K and 500K 0.84% 1.31%
Income greater than 500K 0.21% 0.61%
POPULATION BY OCCUPATION
Management, Business, and Financial Operations 8.52% 13.61%
Professional and Related Occupations 7.72% 20.24%
Service 13.02% 14.75%
Sales and Office 27.33% 26.74%
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry 2.09% 0.74%
Construction, Extraction, and Maintenance 10.77% 9.48%
Production, Transportation, and Material Moving 30.55% 14.44%

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Housing

The median home value in Bethlehem township (Coshocton county), OH, is $136,280. Home appreciation is -5.20% over the last year. The median age of Bethlehem township (Coshocton county), OH, real estate is 27 years.

Bethlehem township (Coshocton county), OH Apartments and Rentals

Renters make up 14.24% of the Bethlehem township (Coshocton county), OH, population. 22.96% of houses and apartments in Bethlehem township (Coshocton county), OH, are unoccupied (vacancy rate).

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Housing Bethlehem township (Coshocton county), OH United States
Median Home Age 27 27
Median Home Cost $136,280 $202,300
Home Appreciation -5.20% -4.60%
Homes Owned 62.37% 64.07%
Housing Vacant 22.96% 14.48%
Homes Rented 14.24% 21.45%
Property Tax Rate $9.30 $13.28
OWNER-OCCUPIED HOUSING UNITS BY VALUE
Less Than $20,000 2.07% 3.01%
$20,000 to $39,999 7.25% 4.37%
$40,000 to $59,999 3.63% 5.74%
$60,000 to $79,999 10.62% 7.07%
$80,000 to $99,999 5.18% 8.41%
$100,000 to $149,999 31.09% 19.74%
$150,000 to $199,999 24.87% 14.06%
$200,000 to $299,999 13.73% 16.59%
$300,000 to $399,999 1.55% 8.21%
$400,000 to $499,999 0.00% 4.53%
$500,000 to $749,999 0.00% 4.75%
$1,000,000 or more 0.00% 1.86%
HOUSING UNITS BY YEAR STRUCTURE BUILT
1999 to October 2005 17.18% 10.15%
1995 to 1998 3.24% 6.69%
1990 to 1994 16.37% 6.70%
1980 to 1989 9.72% 14.75%
1970 to 1979 16.21% 17.11%
1960 to 1969 13.13% 12.78%
1950 to 1959 8.43% 11.64%
1940 to 1949 2.92% 6.64%
1939 or Earlier 12.80% 13.55%

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Crime

Bethlehem township (Coshocton county), OH, violent crime, on a scale from 1 (low crime) to 10, is 2. Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The US average is 3.

Bethlehem township (Coshocton county), OH, property crime, on a scale from 1 (low) to 10, is 2. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. The US average is 3.

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Crime Bethlehem township (Coshocton county), OH United States
Violent Crime 2 3
Property Crime 2 3

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Climate

Bethlehem township (Coshocton county), OH, gets 41 inches of rain per year. The US average is 37. Snowfall is 34 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 138.

On average, there are 170 sunny days per year in Bethlehem township (Coshocton county), OH. The July high is around 85 degrees. The January low is 20. Our comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 47 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The US average on the comfort index is 44.

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Climate Bethlehem township (Coshocton county), OH United States
Rainfall (in.) 40.5 36.6
Snowfall (in.) 33.7 25.2
Precipitation Days 138 101
Sunny Days 170 205
Avg. July High 85 86.5
Avg. Jan. Low 19.5 20.8
Comfort Index (higher=better) 47 44

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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