Bethel, CT
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Bethel is a medium-sized town located in the state of Connecticut. With a population of 19,802 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.

Bethel is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 85.48% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Bethel is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bethel who work in management occupations (15.02%), office and administrative support (13.91%), and sales jobs (8.98%).

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.

Even though Bethel is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

The citizens of Bethel are among the most well-educated in the nation: 43.60% of adults in Bethel have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Bethel in 2010 was $45,171, which is middle income relative to Connecticut, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $180,684 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 Portuguese.