Living in Nazareth, PA
“Small town feel with nearby world-class amenities and access to two major cities”
With a population of just over 6,000, the town of Nazareth – 4 miles north of Bethlehem and 7 miles northwest of Easton – presents a lifestyle distinct from the Lehigh Valley. And while the arts, entertainment and shopping venues of the Lehigh Valley remain very close at hand, Nazareth itself offers all the benefits of small-town, country living with historical connections to the founding of our country.
Situated at the foot of Blue Mountain in the Lehigh Valley, Nazareth was founded in 1740. Downtown Nazareth maintains its old world charm with an abundance of stone, brick and frame historic buildings, loaded with quaint shops and friendly staff from a bygone era.
Nazareth is comprised of six geographic areas—Nazareth Borough, Bushkill Township, Lower Nazareth & Upper Nazareth as well as the Boroughs of Tatamy and Stockertown. All of these areas make up the Nazareth Area School District (NASD) There are six schools within the NASD.
Nazareth Borough starts with an old-fashioned downtown circle with lush plantings and paved walkways. It’s an excellent spot to relax and take in the town. The circle often serves as a stage for various activities and town events, especially during the Christmas season when a giant nativity scene takes center stage. Most of the activity in the Borough takes place on Main and Broad Streets where you’ll find shops, eateries, banks, a firehouse and the YMCA. The Nazareth Borough Park boasts a swimming pool, ball field and plenty of room for kids and grown-ups to play.
Bushkill Township is a more rural area of Nazareth. You’ll find rolling hills dotted with homes and farmland. For those seeking ‘a little bit of the country’ in the Nazareth area, Bushkill Township is recommended. And if hiking, biking, and horseback riding are on your to-do list, Jacobsburg State Park offers beautiful scenic walking paths and multi-use trails.
Upper Nazareth Township was originally a section of Nazareth when purchased by William Penn for his daughter Letitia. The legend of “The Barony of the Rose” refers to the 5,000-acre tract now known as Nazareth, but once owned by William Penn’s family. The tax to the Penn heirs was one red rose payable to estate trustees on June 24. Upper Nazareth, which surrounds Nazareth Borough on the North, West & East sides, offers suburban living and close proximity to everything the Lehigh Valley has to offer.
Located south of the Borough of Nazareth, Lower Nazareth Township was historically mostly Eastern Pennsylvania farmland. Originally part of the “Walking Purchase” of 1737, Lower Nazareth Township has become a popular commuting suburb with easy access to Route 33. Lower Nazareth has its own recreational area with ball fields, tennis and basketball courts, and a playground. Louise Moore Park – also located in the township – is a popular daytime getaway for walking, picnicking, and playing tennis. Though some farmlands and undeveloped space remains, there is also plenty of shopping only one or two miles away in each direction.
Things to Do In Nazareth
My Favorite Nazareth Area Restaurants
- Lots of Pizza in Nazareth!
- Pizza Joe’s
- Sicily Pizza
- Rios Brazilian Steak House
- Cherry Hill Hotel