Bethany, Pennsylvania

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Population in 2013: 239 (79% urban, 21% rural). Population change since 2000: -18.2%
 
Males: 132  (55.2%)
Females: 107  (44.8%)
Median resident age:  48.0 years
Pennsylvania median age:  40.1 years

Zip codes: 18431.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $62,485 (it was $39,167 in 2000)
Bethany:

$62,485
PA:

$51,230
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $30,256 (it was $21,683 in 2000)

Bethany borough income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $193,401 (it was $126,700 in 2000)
Bethany:

$193,401
PA:

$163,800
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $230,391; Detached houses: $190,402; In 2-unit structures: over $1,000,000; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $138,393

Median gross rent in 2012: $768.

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Bethany races chart
  • White alone - 238 (96.7%)
  • Black alone - 4 (1.6%)
  • Hispanic - 4 (1.6%)

Races in Bethany detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Bethany: 96.5 (near average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (28.6%), Irish (17.8%), United States (13.5%), English (11.0%), Italian (7.8%), Polish (3.5%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated on 03/31/1821

Elevation: 1447 feet

Land area: 0.51 square miles.

Population density: 464 people per square mile   (low).

Bethany,PA real estate house value index trend

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For population 25 years and over in Bethany:

  • High school or higher: 97.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 41.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 21.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.6 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Bethany borough:

  • Never married: 25.4%
  • Now married: 61.3%
  • Separated: 3.4%
  • Widowed: 5.6%
  • Divorced: 4.3%

4 residents are foreign born

This borough:  1.1%
Pennsylvania:  6.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $2,000 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $2,235 (1.4%)

Bethany satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Scranton, PA (24.2 miles , pop. 76,415).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Newark, NJ (83.7 miles , pop. 273,546).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Manhattan, NY (90.0 miles , pop. 1,537,195).

Nearest cities: Prompton borough, PA (1.8 miles ), Honesdale borough, PA (1.8 miles ), Waymart borough, PA (2.6 miles ), White Mills, PA (2.7 miles ), Vandling borough, PA (3.1 miles ), Forest City borough, PA (3.1 miles ), Simpson, PA (3.2 miles ), Hawley borough, PA (3.3 miles ).

Latitude: 41.61 N, Longitude: 75.29 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 570

Bethany household income distribution Bethany home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

5.1%
Pennsylvania:

5.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: +53 (+22.2%).
Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (19%)
  • Construction (15%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Public administration (11%)
  • Wholesale trade (10%)
  • Educational services (9%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Educational services (39%)
  • Health care and social assistance (24%)
  • Accommodation and food services (15%)
  • Retail trade (7%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (1%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (11%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (10%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (9%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (9%)
  • Lawyers (7%)
  • Social scientists and related workers (4%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (4%)
  • Registered nurses (15%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (11%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (9%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (9%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (8%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (8%)
  • Legal support workers (5%)

Work and jobs in Bethany: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Bethany, Pennsylvania

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Bethany-area historical tornado activity is below Pennsylvania state average. It is 46% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/31/1998, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 23.8 miles away from the Bethany borough center injured 2 people and caused $1 million in damages.

On 6/2/1998, a category F3 tornado 26.6 miles away from the borough center killed 2 people and injured 15 people and caused $2 million in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Bethany-area historical earthquake activity is near Pennsylvania state average. It is 87% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 168.7 miles away from the city center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 214.0 miles away from Bethany center
On 1/16/1994 at 01:49:16, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 97.1 miles away from the city center
On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 264.5 miles away from the city center
On 1/16/1994 at 00:42:43, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 96.6 miles away from Bethany center
On 6/17/1991 at 08:53:16, a magnitude 4.1 (4.0 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 76.9 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Wayne County (16) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 7, Hurricanes: 2, Blizzard: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Tornado: 1, Tropical Depression: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Water Shortage: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Bethany topographic map

Birthplace of: David Wilmot - Politician, George Washington Woodward - Politician.

Hospitals and medical centers near Bethany:

  • WAYNE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals (about 4 miles away; HONESDALE, PA)
  • PECK CONVALESCENT HOME (Nursing Home, about 4 miles away; HONESDALE, PA)
  • FOREST CITY NURSING AND REHAB CENTER (Nursing Home, about 10 miles away; FOREST CITY, PA)
  • FOREST CITY NURSING CNTR (Nursing Home, about 10 miles away; FOREST CITY, PA)
  • HOME HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS AND HOSPICE (Hospital, about 11 miles away; CARBONDALE, PA)
  • MARIAN COMMUNITY HOSPITAL (Hospital, about 12 miles away; CARBONDALE, PA)
  • CARBONDALE NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; CARBONDALE, PA)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Bethany:

  • Marywood University (about 22 miles; Scranton, PA; Full-time enrollment: 2,959)
  • University of Scranton (about 24 miles; Scranton, PA; FT enrollment: 5,488)
  • King's College (about 40 miles; Wilkes-Barre, PA; FT enrollment: 2,392)
  • Misericordia University (about 40 miles; Dallas, PA; FT enrollment: 2,554)
  • Wilkes University (about 41 miles; Wilkes-Barre, PA; FT enrollment: 3,912)
  • East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (about 44 miles; East Stroudsburg, PA; FT enrollment: 6,195)
  • Orange County Community College (about 47 miles; Middletown, NY; FT enrollment: 4,742)

Library in Bethany:

  • BETHANY PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $28,179; Location: 8 COURT STREET; 4,961 books; 155 audio materials; 1,653 video materials; 2 local licensed databases; 41 state licensed databases; 3 other licensed databases; 26 print serial subscriptions)

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Wayne County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 87.4. This is about average.

City:

87.4
U.S.:

74.2

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2012 was 0.0807. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 21.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.0807
U.S.:

0.3026

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2012 was 8.58. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 21.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.58
U.S.:

6.58

Ozone [ppb] level in 2012 was 25.7. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 21.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

25.7
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2008 was 16.7. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 21.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

16.7
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 8.41. This is about average. Closest monitor was 21.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.41
U.S.:

9.14

Drinking water stations with addresses in Bethany and their reported violations in the past:

BETHANY VILLAGE (Population served: 99, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JUL-2013 and SEP-2013, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (NOV-05-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (NOV-05-2013), St Compliance achieved (FEB-28-2014), St Public Notif received (JUL-18-2014)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JUL-2013 and SEP-2013, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (NOV-05-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (NOV-05-2013), St Compliance achieved (FEB-28-2014), St Public Notif received (JUL-18-2014)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between APR-2013 and JUN-2013, Contaminant: Chlorine. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUN-10-2013), St Formal NOV issued (JUN-10-2013), St Compliance achieved (JUL-11-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUL-11-2013)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between APR-2012 and JUN-2012, Contaminant: Chlorine. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (JUL-31-2012), St Compliance achieved (SEP-19-2012)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between OCT-2011 and DEC-2011, Contaminant: Chlorine. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-20-2012), St Compliance achieved (JAN-30-2012)
  • 53 regular monitoring violations
  • 8 other older monitoring violations
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 3.1%
(3.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This borough:  2.3 people
Pennsylvania:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This borough:  67.6%
Whole state:  65.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This borough:  7.4%
Whole state:  6.6%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.0% of all households
  • Gay men: 1.9% of all households
24 people in nursing homes in 2000

Bethany compared to Pennsylvania state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

Bethany travel time to work - commute Bethany mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (41%)
  • Utility gas (33%)
  • Electricity (12%)
  • Wood (11%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2004 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Bethany borough (based on Wayne County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 56.16%
Here: 56.2%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaPresbyterian Church (USA)American Baptist Churches in the USA
Adherents57.8%21.3%6.8%2.6%1.9%
Congregations15.1%45.2%4.1%6.8%4.1%
NameJewishEpiscopal ChurchAssemblies of GodLDS (Mormon) ChurchOther
Adherents1.9%1.4%1.4%0.9%4.0%
Congregations1.4%4.1%2.7%1.4%15.1%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 16
Wayne County:

3.09 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.19 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.09 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 3
Wayne County:

0.58 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

0.88 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 17
Wayne County:

3.29 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.52 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 64
Here:

12.38 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

10.2%
Pennsylvania:

9.1%
Adult obesity rate:
Wayne County:

25.7%
Pennsylvania:

27.2%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

12.6%
State:

11.5%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll

Bethany government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - General - Other: $10,000 ($41.84)
    Regular Highways: $6,000 ($25.10)
    Parks & Recreation: $3,000 ($12.55)
    Fire Protection: $2,000 ($8.37)
    Financial Administration: $1,000 ($4.18)
    Central Staff Services: $1,000 ($4.18)
    Libraries: $1,000 ($4.18)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $2,000 ($8.37)

Bethany government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - All Other: $1,000 ($4.18)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $4,000 ($16.74)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $4,000 ($16.74)
  • Tax - Property: $7,000 ($29.29)
    NEC: $4,000 ($16.74)

Bethany government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $112,000 ($468.62)

5.27% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($46,626 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.27%
Pennsylvania average:

4.35%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Lackawanna County, PA  1.09% ($35,798 average AGI)
from Pike County, PA  0.56% ($36,964)
from Monroe County, PA  0.19% ($32,757)


5.69% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($37,797 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.69%
Pennsylvania average:

4.54%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Lackawanna County, PA  1.39% ($37,330 average AGI)
to Pike County, PA  0.44% ($22,443)
to Susquehanna County, PA  0.25% ($28,843)

Strongest AM radio stations in Bethany:

  • WKJN (1440 AM; 5 kW; CARBONDALE, PA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WMCA (570 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: SALEM MEDIA OF NEW YORK, LLC)
  • WWJZ (640 AM; 50 kW; MOUNT HOLLY, NJ; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WQOR (750 AM; daytime; 2 kW; OLYPHANT, PA; Owner: HOLY FAMILY COMMUNICATIONS)
  • WABC (770 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: WABC-AM RADIO, INC.)
  • WOR (710 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: BUCKLEY BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WFAN (660 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WARM (590 AM; 5 kW; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WINS (1010 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WEPN (1050 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: NEW YORK AM RADIO, LLC)
  • WITK (1550 AM; 10 kW; PITTSTON, PA; Owner: ROBERT C. CORDARO, INC.)
  • WSNR (620 AM; 20 kW; JERSEY CITY, NJ)
  • WCBS (880 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Bethany:

  • WPGP (88.3 FM; TAFTON, PA; Owner: SOUND OF LIFE, INC.)
  • WQFN (100.1 FM; FOREST CITY, PA; Owner: THE SCRANTON TIMES, L.P.)
  • WYCY (105.3 FM; HAWLEY, PA; Owner: DE WIT BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WDNH-FM (95.3 FM; HONESDALE, PA; Owner: DE WIT BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WCWI (94.3 FM; CARBONDALE, PA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WEZX (106.9 FM; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: THE SCRANTON TIMES, L.P.)
  • WGGY (101.3 FM; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: ENTERCOM WILKES-BARRE SCRANTON, LLC)
  • WWDL-FM (104.9 FM; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: LANE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WBYH (89.1 FM; HAWLEY, PA; Owner: 4 RIVERS COMMUNICATIONS B/G COMPANY)
  • WUSR (99.5 FM; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON)
  • WBHD (95.7 FM; OLYPHANT, PA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • W212AT (90.3 FM; CLARKS SUMMIT, PA; Owner: NORTHEASTERN PA. EDUCTNL TV ASSOC.)
  • WMGS (92.9 FM; WILKES-BARRE, PA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WFKP (99.3 FM; ELLENVILLE, NY; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WKRZ (98.5 FM; WILKES-BARRE, PA; Owner: ENTERCOM WILKES-BARRE SCRANTON, LLC)
  • WVIA-FM (89.9 FM; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA EDUCATIONAL TV ASSN.)
  • WCWY (107.7 FM; TUNKHANNOCK, PA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WHWK (98.1 FM; BINGHAMTON, NY; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WBHT (97.1 FM; MOUNTAIN TOP, PA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WQFM (92.1 FM; NANTICOKE, PA; Owner: THE SCRANTON TIMES, L.P.)

TV broadcast stations around Bethany:

  • W18BN (Channel 18; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: COMMONWEALTH TELECASTERS)
  • WQPX (Channel 64; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: PAXSON SCRANTON LICENSE, INC.)
  • WWPS-LP (Channel 8; HAWLEY, ETC., PA; Owner: ROBERT G. NEUHAUS)
  • WSWB (Channel 38; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: KB PRIME MEDIA LLC)

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

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  • Call Sign: N3NMY, Licensee ID: L00564117
    Grant Date: 10/16/2012, Expiration Date: 10/16/2022
    Registrant: Thomas J Robinson, 53 Beech St., Bethany, PA 18431

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