Introduction to Bethany, Oklahoma

Bethany, Oklahoma, in Oklahoma county, is 7 miles NW of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The city is part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan statistical area. About 20,307 people live in Bethany.

Bethany History

Bethany was originally inhabited by Native Americans. The land was sold to European settlers on December 6, 1899, and the town was platted in 1909. Bethany was officially incorporated in 1910, and it became a city in 1930. The first school district of Bethany was organized in December of 1910. The Bethany Chamber of Commerce was established in 1939. The city is located in Oklahoma County, which was founded in 1890.

Bethany and nearby Attractions

  • Deville Shopping Center
  • Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge
  • Lake Overholser
  • White Water Bay Water Park
  • Bethany Historical Society Museum
  • Oklahoma City Museum of Art

Things To Do In Bethany

Bethany has numerous parks. These include Riverside Park, Tropicana Park, Garrison Park, Eldon Lyon Park, Brown Park and McMillan Park. The Deville Shopping Center and the Glen Oaks Shopping Center are the local shopping centers. The Harn Homestead Museum and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art are also accessible from Bethany. The Henry Overholser Mansion, the Lake Thunderbird State Park and the State Capital State Park are all nearby as well. One can also plan a day trip to the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge.

Bethany Transportation

Will Rogers World Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Bethany Higher Education

Southern Nazarene University and the Southwestern College of Christian Ministries are the local institutions of higher education. Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City and Oklahoma City Community College also provide higher education in the area.


Total Population 19,478
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 16.4%
Employed Population 16+ 8,908
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 41.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.4%
Median Earnings25+ $30,755
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,015
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,644


Median Family Income $54,913
% Above Poverty Level 82.9%
% Below Poverty Level 17.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 34.1%
Median Gross Rent $756
Median House Value $112,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 38.9%
US/American 0%
English 8.7%
Irish 12.3%

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

Bethany Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 7 miles NW of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
County Oklahoma
Metro Area Oklahoma City
Standard Zip Codes 73008
Phone Area Codes 405
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.518
Longitude -97.631

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 9.5 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 47 F
Apr Temp 48 to 71 F
Jul Temp 71 to 93 F
Oct Temp 51 to 73 F
Annual Precip 35.8 inches
Station EL RENO 1 N
Distance 18 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 47 F
Apr Temp 45 to 71 F
Jul Temp 70 to 94 F
Oct Temp 48 to 74 F
Annual Precip 34.2 inches
Station GUTHRIE 5 S
Distance 24.4 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 47 F
Apr Temp 45 to 72 F
Jul Temp 69 to 95 F
Oct Temp 47 to 75 F
Annual Precip 36 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Del City 21,898 $47,029
Mustang 19,112 $75,041
Nichols Hills 3,839 $192,330
Oklahoma City 610,672 $60,024
Warr Acres 10,342 $53,220

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

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Serves 354 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.8

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