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Bethel, Connecticut
—  Town  —
Coordinates: 41°22′27″N 73°23′42″W / 41.37417°N 73.395°W / 41.37417; -73.395
Country United States
State Connecticut
Region Housatonic Valley
Incorporated 1855
Government
 - Type Selectman-town meeting
 - First selectman Matthew S. Knickerbocker
Area
 - Total 16.9 sq mi (43.8 km2)
 - Land 16.8 sq mi (43.5 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 482 ft (147 m)
Population (2005)[1]
 - Total 18,760
 - Density 1,117/sq mi (431/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 06801
Area code(s) 203
FIPS code 09-04720
GNIS feature ID 0213390
Website bethelct.org

Bethel is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States, about sixty miles from New York City. Its population was estimated at 18,760 in 2005.[1] In the 2000 Census, the town center was defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as a census-designated place (CDP).

The town is near Interstate 84 and has a train station on the Danbury Branch of Metro-North's New Haven line.

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History

Bethel was first settled around 1700. The first houses built in Bethel were in the 1730s or 1740s; they are located at 27 Grassy Plain Street and 63 Grassy Plain Street .[2] For 96 years, until its secession in 1855, Bethel was a parish of Danbury. The name "Bethel" means "House of El (God)".

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On the National Register of Historic Places

  • Greenwood Avenue Historic District — Roughly along Greenwood Ave., P.T. Barnum Sq., Depot Pl., and South St. (added 1999)
  • Rev. John Ely House — 54 Milwaukee Ave. (added May 25, 2001)
  • Seth Seelye House — 189 Greenwood Ave. (added September 29, 1977)

Historic pictures

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 16.9 square miles (43.7 km²), of which, 16.8 square miles (43.5 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.53%) is water. The CDP corresponding to the town center has a total area of 4.1 square miles (10.6 km2), none of which is water.

In Bethel

Notable people, past and present

  • P. T. Barnum (1810-1891) was born in Bethel at 55 Greenwood Avenue. He expanded the home during his youth after a fire destroyed the front of the building.
  • Dan Cramer a mixed martial arts fighter for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
  • Allan J. Kellogg medal of honor recipient, born in Bethel.
  • Jan Miner (1917-2004) an actress who played Madge, the wisecracking manicurist in the long-running Palmolive dishwashing detergent television commercials, died in town.
  • Thurston Moore (born 1958), singer and guitarist for Sonic Youth, was raised in town.[3]
  • Noël Regney composer of the song "Do You Hear What I Hear" lived in Bethel from 1984-1998.
  • Meg Ryan was raised in Bethel.
  • Julius Hawley Seelye (1824-1895) a missionary, author, U.S. Representative, and former president of Amherst College who is said to have created the system of Latin Honors in use at many universities worldwide, was born in town.

Movies filmed (at least partly) in Bethel

Demographics

Historical
population
of Bethel
[2]
1860 1,711
1870 2,311
1880 2,727
1890 3,401
1900 3,327
1910 3,792
1920 3,201
1930 3,886
1940 4,105
1950 5,104
1960 8,200
1970 10,945
1980 16,004
1990 17,541
2000 18,067
2002 18,449
(est.)

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 18,067 people, 6,505 households, and 4,846 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,075.7 people per square mile (415.5/km²). There were 6,653 housing units at an average density of 396.1/sq mi (153.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town in 2005 was 85.86% White, 1.91% African American, 0.26% Native American, 4.58% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 3.20% from other races or of multiple races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.33% of the population. 20.2% were of Italian, 17.5% Irish, 9.1% German, 7.0% English, 6.7% American and 6.0% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000 [3]. 88.7% spoke English, 4.4% Spanish, 3.3% Portuguese, 1.5% German and 1.0% French as their first language [4].

There were 6,505 households out of which 38.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.4% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.5% were non-families. 20.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the town the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 95.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $68,891, and the median income for a family was $78,358. Males had a median income of $51,816 versus $36,544 for females. The per capita income for the town was $28,927. About 1.2% of families and 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.3% of those under age 18 and 5.5% of those age 65 or over.

Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of October 25, 2005[5]
Party Active Voters Inactive Voters Total Voters Percentage
  Republican 2,732 95 2,827 24.84%
  Democratic 2,569 125 2,694 23.68%
  Unaffiliated 5,468 288 5,756 50.58%
  Minor Parties 93 9 102 0.90%
Total 10,862 517 11,379 100%

Town center

As of the census of 2000, there are 9,137 people, 3,639 households, and 2,358 families residing in the CDP. The population density is 864.7/km² (2,237.8/mi²). There are 3,744 housing units at an average density of 354.3 persons/km² (916.9 persons/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP is 89.96% White, 1.61% African American, 0.13% Native American, 4.40% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.67% from other races, and 2.20% from two or more races. 4.63% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 3,639 households out of which 33.7% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.7% are married couples living together, 11.5% have a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 35.2% are non-families. 28.9% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.6% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.51 and the average family size is 3.14.

In the CDP the population is spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 35.1% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 88.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP is $57,276, and the median income for a family is $66,672. Males have a median income of $45,815 versus $35,989 for females. The per capita income for the CDP is $25,888. 3.0% of the population and 1.1% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 0.7% are under the age of 18 and 6.6% are 65 or older.

References

  1. ^ a b U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates
  2. ^ http://www.bethelct.org/
  3. ^ Dixon, Ken, "Music Hall of Fame proposed for state ", article in Connecticut Post in Bridgeport, Connecticut, April 26, 2007 ("Thurston Moore, leader of alt-rock legends Sonic Youth, who grew up in Bethel")
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  5. ^ "Registration and Party Enrollment Statistics as of October 25, 2005" (PDF). Connecticut Secretary of State. http://www.sots.ct.gov/ElectionsServices/lists/2005OctRegEnrollStats.pdf. Retrieved 2006-10-02.  

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