Bethel is a medium-sized town located in the state of Connecticut. With a population of 19,714 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Bethel is the 62nd largest community in Connecticut.
Housing costs in Bethel are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Connecticut.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Bethel is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Bethel is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bethel who work in management occupations (16.00%), office and administrative support (11.04%), and sales jobs (8.97%).
Also of interest is that Bethel has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Because of many things, Bethel is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Bethel really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Bethel perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
Despite being a small town, Bethel has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.
The education level of Bethel ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Bethel, 44.28% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Bethel in 2010 was $46,066, which is middle income relative to Connecticut, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $184,264 for a family of four.
Bethel is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Bethel home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bethel residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Bethel include Italian, Irish, German, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Bethel is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.