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Coordinates: 38°00′54″N 121°38′26″W / 38.015°N 121.64056°W / 38.015; -121.64056

Bethel Island, California
—  CDP  —
Location in Contra Costa County and the state of California
Coordinates: 38°00′54″N 121°38′26″W / 38.015°N 121.64056°W / 38.015; -121.64056
Country United States
State California
County Contra Costa
 - N/A
 - Senate Tom Torlakson (D)
 - Assembly Joan Buchanan (D)
 - U. S. Congress John Garamendi (D)
 - Total 5.1 sq mi (13.3 km2)
 - Land 5.1 sq mi (13.3 km2)
 - Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 7 ft (2 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 2,312
 - Density 453.3/sq mi (173.8/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 94511
Area code(s) 925
FIPS code 06-06210
GNIS feature ID 1658045

Bethel Island (formerly, Bethell) is a census-designated place (CDP) on Bethel Island in Contra Costa County, California, United States. The population was 2,312 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.1 square miles (13.3 km²), all of it land. It is located on an island of the same name 9 miles (14 km) east of Antioch.[1]


The first post office opened in 1897, and named for its first postmaster Franklin C. Bethell.[1] The post office closed in 1902.[1] The Bethel Island post office opened in 1947.[1]


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,312 people, 1,113 households, and 605 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 449.5 people per square mile (173.7/km²). There were 1,345 housing units at an average density of 261.5/sq mi (101.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 90.10% White, 1.43% Black or African American, 0.99% Native American, 0.95% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 2.90% from other races, and 3.55% from two or more races. 8.78% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,113 households out of which 17.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.2% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.6% were non-families. 35.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.66.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 15.9% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 24.1% from 25 to 44, 34.4% from 45 to 64, and 20.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 104.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 109.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $44,569, and the median income for a family was $53,929. Males had a median income of $47,431 versus $26,786 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $26,739. About 5.3% of families and 8.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.5% of those under age 18 and 8.7% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b c d Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 602. ISBN 9781884995149.  
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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