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Overview

Introduction to Bethel, Connecticut

Bethel, Connecticut, in Fairfield county, is 2 miles SE of Danbury, Connecticut and 52 miles NE of New York, New York. The town is in the Danbury area.

Bethel History

Bethel was first settled in by Europeans in the early 1700s. The first houses here were constructed in the 1730s and 1740s. At that time, it was a parish of Danbury. The town of Bethel was officially incorporated in 1855. The word 'Bethel' means 'House of God.' The community was named after the biblical location and a number of places in Bethel are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Bethel and nearby Attractions

  • John Jay Homestead Historic Site
  • Danbury Museum and Historical Society
  • Military Museum of Southern New England
  • Beardsley Zoological Gardens
  • Captain's Cove Seaport
  • Parloa Field

Things To Do In Bethel

Bethel offers easy access to the John Jay Homestead Historic Site and the Weir Farm National Historic Site, which was once the summer retreat of American painter J. Alden Weir. The town of Bethel offers some amazing recreational facilities at the local parks. In addition, one can plan a day trip to the Beardsley Zoological Gardens, the Captain's Cove Seaport or the Quassy Amusement Park.

Bethel Transportation

Danbury Municipal is the nearest airport.

Bethel Higher Education

Western Connecticut State University and the University of Bridgeport offer opportunities for higher education.

People

Total Population 9,731
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 11.8%
Employed Population 16+ 5,301
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 48.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 39.4%
Median Earnings25+ $47,717
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,006
Median Earnings With High School Degree $37,036

Wealth

Median Family Income $82,440
% Above Poverty Level 95.8%
% Below Poverty Level 4.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.6%
% Using Public Transportation 4.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 31.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,358
Median House Value $262,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.8%
US/American 0%
English 11.3%
Irish 20.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bethel Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles SE of Danbury, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 52 miles NE of New York, New York
County Fairfield
Standard Zip Codes 06801
Phone Area Codes 203
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.371
Longitude -73.414

Bethel Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station DANBURY
Distance 2 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 60 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51.7 inches
Station NORWALK GAS PLANT
Distance 17.6 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches
Station STAMFORD 5 N
Distance 19 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 52.7 inches

Bethel Public Libraries

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Bethel Public Library
189 GREENWOOD AVE.
Bethel, Connecticut
(203) 794-8756

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Bethel High Schools

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BETHEL HIGH SCHOOL
300 WHITTLESEY DR.
203-794-8620
Serves 959 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.3

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203-794-8601
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