Bethel, Connecticut

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Bethel, Connecticut

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. There are 18,067 residents in Bethel.

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.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Property Crime
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Top 3% trophy Bethel Low Property Crime
Low Violent Crime
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Top 7% Bethel Low Violent Crime
College Educated Adults
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Top 19% Bethel College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Bethel, Connecticut

Comparing Bethel 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 7 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 9
Age of the Population 6 3
Racial Diversity 6 8
Female Share of the Population 4 6
Senior Citizens 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 6
Average Household Size 8 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 6 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 10 10
Low Violent Crime 10 8

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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Bethel Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 18,067 100%
Male 8,809 48.8%
Female 9,258 51.2%
Under 18 4,925 27.3%
18+ 13,142 72.7%
65+ 1,847 10.2%
Median Age 37.1
Average Family Size 3.23
White 16,692 92.4%
African-American 228 1.3%
Asian 641 3.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 28 0.2%
Other 197 1.1%
Mixed Race 274 1.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 669 3.7%

Estimated Bethel Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 18,760
Growth 693
Growth % 3.8%

Bethel 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 20.2%
Irish 17.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.7%
German 9.1%
English 7%
US/American 6.7%
Polish 6%
French (except Basque) 2%
Swedish 1.8%
Russian 1.8%
Portuguese 1.7%
Scottish 1.4%
Brazilian 1.2%
French Canadian 1.1%
Hungarian 1.1%
Scotch-Irish 1%
Lithuanian 0.9%
Greek 0.9%
British 0.7%
Norwegian 0.7%
Slovak 0.6%
Dutch 0.5%
Swiss 0.5%
European 0.5%
Canadian 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Austrian 0.4%
Lebanese 0.4%
Haitian 0.4%
Danish 0.4%
Czechoslovakian 0.4%
Czech 0.4%
Croatian 0.4%
Latvian 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Arab/Arabic 0.2%
Bulgarian 0.2%
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Bethel Public Libraries

Bethel Public Library
Bethel, Connecticut
(203) 794-8756

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