Bethany, Connecticut

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Bethany, Connecticut

Introduction to Bethany, Connecticut

Located in New Haven county, Bethany, Connecticut, is 5 miles W of Hamden, Connecticut (center to center) and 69 miles NE of New York, New York. An estimated 5,040 people live in Bethany.

Bethany History

Since 1638, Bethany has been inhabited by the Paugusset Tribe and the Wanguck Tribe. The first white settlers came to this area around 1638, who created the towns of Milford and New Haven. The boundary of these two towns ran down the middle of what is now known as Bethany. The town of Bethany was officially incorporated into the state in the year 1832. The Connecticut Magazine named Bethany as Connecticut's #1 Small Town in 2007.

Bethany and nearby Attractions

  • Osbornedale State Park
  • Eli Whitney Museum
  • Pardee Rose Garden
  • Buttolph-Williams House
  • Clark Memorial Library
  • Alling Memorial Golf Course

Things To Do In Bethany

Bethany offers many recreational opportunities. The area has many parks such as the Abe Stone Park, Allington Park, and the American Italian Civic Club Park. There are also several golf courses such as the Alling Memorial Golf Course and East Mountain Golf Course. The town is also home to The Submarine Force Museum and Stepping Stones Museum for Children. In addition, the residents of Bethany celebrate the International Black and Latino Film Festival and Litchfield Hills Harvest Festival every year.

Bethany Transportation

Tweed-New Haven Airport is the closest airport to the city.

Bethany Higher Education

Schools for higher education are offered at the Albertus Magnus College, Asnuntuck Community College, and Quinnipiac University.

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High Points

Bethany strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Connecticut):

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College Educated Adults
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Top 10% Bethany College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Bethany, Connecticut

Comparing Bethany to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Connecticut (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 9 8
Age of the Population 9 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 7
Senior Citizens 4 4
Racial Diversity 4 6
Female Share of the Population 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 9 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 9


Characteristic Compared
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Seasonal and Vacation Housing 6 3

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Bethany Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles W of Hamden, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 69 miles NE of New York, New York
County New Haven
Standard Zip Codes 06524
Phone Area Codes 203
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.421
Longitude -72.997

Bethany Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 5.3 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 35 F
Apr Temp 37 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 52.7 inches
Distance 18.3 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 34 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51 inches
Distance 26.4 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 35 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 52.2 inches
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Bethany Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,040 100%
Male 2,514 49.9%
Female 2,526 50.1%
Under 18 1,376 27.3%
18+ 3,664 72.7%
65+ 620 12.3%
Median Age 40.6
Average Family Size 3.18
White 4,790 95%
African-American 92 1.8%
Asian 77 1.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 15 0.3%
Other 24 0.5%
Mixed Race 37 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 102 2%

Estimated Bethany Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,473
Growth 433
Growth % 8.6%

Bethany Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Italian 20.3%
English 13.6%
Irish 10.5%
German 8.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.5%
Polish 7.6%
Russian 4.7%
US/American 4.3%
Ukrainian 2.8%
Swedish 2.4%
French (except Basque) 2%
French Canadian 1.8%
Scottish 1.5%
Lithuanian 1.4%
European 1.2%
Greek 1.2%
Norwegian 1%
Hungarian 1%
Scotch-Irish 0.9%
British 0.7%
Eastern European 0.7%
Israeli 0.5%
Welsh 0.5%
Slovak 0.4%
Iraqi 0.4%
Albanian 0.4%
Swiss 0.3%
South African 0.3%
Austrian 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
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Bethany Public Libraries

Clark Memorial Library
Bethany, Connecticut
(203) 393-2103

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