Bethel, Maine

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Bethel, Maine

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Bethel Low Violent Crime
Low Property Crime
(vs. State)
Top 13% Bethel Low Property Crime
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Bethel College Educated Adults
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 19% Bethel Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Bethel, Maine

Comparing Bethel to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Maine (State):

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

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 8 7
Male Share of the Population 7 5
Well-Paid Single Women 6 7
Well-Paid Single Men 6 7
Senior Citizens 6 7
Racial Diversity 4 9
Female Share of the Population 4 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 5 3
Average Household Size 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 8
People Above Poverty 6 7
People in Middle Class or Better 5 5
Median Family Income 5 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 9
Short Commute Times 8 8
Walking and Biking to Work 7 8
Public Transportation Use 6 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 7
Housing Recently Built 7 4
Affordability of Rents 6 8
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 8
People Living Alone 5 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 10
Low Property Crime 8 9

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Bethel Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 57 miles NW of Portland, Maine (center to center)
Nearest Large City 142 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts
County Oxford
Standard Zip Codes 04217
P.O. Box Zip Codes 04286
Phone Area Codes 207
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.404
Longitude -70.791

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 15.5 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 27 F
Apr Temp 32 to 52 F
Jul Temp 57 to 79 F
Oct Temp 37 to 57 F
Annual Precip 44.9 inches
Distance 24.6 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 25 F
Apr Temp 28 to 47 F
Jul Temp 53 to 75 F
Oct Temp 33 to 54 F
Annual Precip 59.1 inches
Distance 26.9 miles
Jan Temp 0 to 23 F
Apr Temp 27 to 47 F
Jul Temp 53 to 76 F
Oct Temp 32 to 53 F
Annual Precip 37.7 inches
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Bethel Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 2,411 100%
Male 1,181 49%
Female 1,230 51%
Under 18 539 22.4%
18+ 1,872 77.6%
65+ 382 15.8%
Median Age 40.8
Average Family Size 2.77
White 2,365 98.1%
African-American 5 0.2%
Asian 12 0.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 9 0.4%
Other 3 0.1%
Mixed Race 17 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 19 0.8%

Estimated Bethel Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 2,583
Growth 172
Growth % 7.1%

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
English 30.7%
US/American 12.4%
Irish 11.6%
French (except Basque) 8.9%
German 6.4%
French Canadian 6.1%
Scottish 5.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.4%
Scotch-Irish 3%
Italian 1.9%
Norwegian 1.7%
Dutch 1.4%
Swedish 1.2%
Polish 1.1%
British 1%
Canadian 0.7%
Welsh 0.6%
Lithuanian 0.3%
European 0.3%
Greek 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Russian 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Syrian 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Bethel, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

West Bethel (04286)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Bethel 2,411 $38,669
Gilead 156 $34,250
Greenwood 802 $41,458
Hanover 251 $50,938
Newry 344 $51,250
Stoneham 255 $40,625
Woodstock 1,307 $38,750

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Bethel, Maine
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Bethel High Schools (2004)

Serves 321 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

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