is a hamlet (small village) located within the town of Bethlehem in Albany County, New York. In addition to Glenmont, Bethlehem includes the hamlets of Delmar, Elsmere, North Bethlehem, Selkirk and Slingerlands. The entire population of the town is approximately 32,900 residents. Bethlehem is a friendly, modern suburban community located on the banks of the Hudson River, just six miles from Albany, which is the capital city of New York. Boston, Montreal and New York City are just hours away, and the nearby Adirondack and Catskill areas offer world-class recreational activities throughout the year. Bethlehem offers an excellent school system and superb programs for its older citizens. Its blend of suburban neighborhoods, rural life and businesses make it an attractive and enjoyable community for visitors and residents alike. Money Magazine ranked Bethlehem 22nd in its “top 25 Great American Towns” as a place “where you would want to raise your children and celebrate life's milestones.” The magazine cited the town's low crime rate, low commute time, high scores in education and access to arts and leisure activities.
Glenmont is considered a “bedroom community” of Albany and is comprised mostly of two-story homes and above average income families. It is home to several new shopping complexes that caused a lot of controversy when built. Many people opposed the building of these businesses, preferring Glenmont to remain a small, peaceful, suburban area. Others encouraged them, wanting to bring more revenue to the town of Bethlehem. The estimated median house/condo value in Glenmont is $202,100. Most residents live within the Bethlehem Central School District. The town has five public elementary schools, with a sixth elementary school scheduled for construction. Bethlehem Central High School features a Lab School, a school-within-a-school created to experiment with new methods of teaching and learning. Residents in the hamlets of Selkirk and South Bethlehem are part of the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District. Residents in the hamlet of North Bethlehem are part of the Guilderland Central School District. One of the two elementary schools of the district, Albertus W. Becker Elementary School, is in Selkirk. There is also a School of Saint Thomas the Apostle, a Catholic school for grades K-8 located across from the Catholic church. The school district offers continuing education classes in a variety of topics for adults.
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