Bethel, CT
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Bethel is a medium-sized town located in the state of Connecticut. With a population of 19,529 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 85.37% 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 office and administrative support (15.22%), management occupations (13.61%), and sales jobs (9.57%).

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.

Bethel is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Bethel’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

In Bethel, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Bethel is a relatively small town. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

The citizens of Bethel are among the most well-educated in the nation: 42.82% 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 $43,569, which is upper middle income relative to Connecticut, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $174,276 for a family of four. However, Bethel contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 Irish, German, English, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Bethel is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.