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Bethlehem is a city within Lehigh and Northampton counties in Lehigh Valley PA. the city had a total population approximately 80,0000, making it the 7th largest city in Pennsylvania, after Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Erie, Reading, and Scranton. Of this, almost 60,000 were in Northampton County, and 20,000 were in Lehigh County.
Bethlehem lies in the center of the Lehigh Valley, which is home to 800,000+ people. Together with Allentown and Easton, the Valley embraces the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ Metro including Lehigh, Northampton, and Carbon counties within Pennsylvania, and Warren County in the adjacent state of New Jersey. In turn, this metropolitan area comprises Pennsylvania’s third-largest metropolitan area.
On December 7, 1937, at a grand ceremony during the Great Depression, Mrs. Marion Brown Grace pulled a large switch to turn on the new Christmas street lights and a large wooden star. Mrs. Grace was the daughter of former South Bethlehem burgess, Charles F. Brown, and wife of Eugene Grace, President of Bethlehem Steel Corporation. Hundreds of citizens attended the ceremony and thousands more listened to the speeches and musical performances on the radio. This was the first year the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce adopted the nickname “Christmas City, USA”
Bethlehem became a center of heavy industry and trade during the industrial revolution. The Bethlehem Steel Corporation (1857–2003), founded and based in Bethlehem, was once the second-largest steel producer in the United States, after Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based U.S. Steel. Bethlehem Steel was also one of the largest shipbuilding companies in the world and one of the most powerful symbols of American industrial manufacturing leadership.