Bethel, Delaware

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Population in 2019: 201 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: +9.2%
 
Males: 85  (42.7%)
Females: 116  (57.3%)
Median resident age:

49.5 years
Delaware median age:

41.4 years

Zip code: 19931

Estimated median household income in 2019: $71,693 (it was $34,107 in 2000)
Bethel:

$71,693
DE:

$70,176

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $30,507 (it was $25,254 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $208,102 (it was $97,900 in 2000)
Bethel:

$208,102
DE:

$261,700

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $234,810; detached houses: $234,923
March 2019 cost of living index in Bethel: 86.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 1.5%
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  • Races in Bethel, DE (2019)
    • 27698.9%White alone
    • 10.4%Two or more races
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Ancestries: English (62.0%), German (10.9%), Polish (9.5%), Irish (6.6%), American (3.6%), Austrian (2.2%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Land area: 0.45 square miles.

Population density: 451 people per square mile   (low).

Bethel, Delaware map

2 residents are foreign born

This town:

0.7%
Delaware:

9.6%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $423 (0.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $546 (0.2%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Bowie, MD (66.5 miles , pop. 50,269).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Baltimore, MD (74.1 miles , pop. 651,154).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (102.1 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities:

Laurel, DE (1.6 miles ),
Blades, DE (2.1 miles ),
Galestown, MD (2.3 miles),
Seaford, DE (2.3 miles ),
Sharptown, MD (2.4 miles ),
District 10, Sharptown, MD (2.4 miles ),
Delmar, DE (2.8 miles ),
Delmar, MD (2.9 miles )

Latitude: 38.57 N, Longitude: 75.62 W

Distribution of median household income in Bethel, DE in 2019
Distribution of house value in Bethel, DE in 2019

Property values in Bethel, DE

Bethel satellite photo by USGS

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

4.1%
Delaware:

4.7%
Population change in the 1990s: +27 (+17.2%).
Most common industries in Bethel, DE (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (12.0%)
  • Construction (10.8%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (9.6%)
  • Educational services (9.6%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (7.2%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (4.8%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (4.8%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (13.3%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (13.3%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (8.9%)
  • Food (6.7%)
  • Other direct selling establishments (6.7%)
  • Educational services (6.7%)
  • Miscellaneous manufacturing (4.4%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (21.1%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (15.8%)
  • Educational services (13.2%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (10.5%)
  • Public administration (10.5%)
  • Electrical equipment, appliances, components (7.9%)
  • Construction (7.9%)
Most common occupations in Bethel, DE (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (10.8%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (8.4%)
  • Drafters, engineering, and mapping technicians (6.0%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (6.0%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.8%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (4.8%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4.8%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (15.6%)
  • Drafters, engineering, and mapping technicians (11.1%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (8.9%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (8.9%)
  • Supervisors, construction and extraction workers (8.9%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (8.9%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (8.9%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (23.7%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (13.2%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (7.9%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (7.9%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (7.9%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (5.3%)
  • Postsecondary teachers (5.3%)

Average climate in Bethel, Delaware

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI Ozone PM2.5 Pb
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 68.0. This is about average.

City:

68.0
U.S.:

74.2
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 30.6. This is about average. Closest monitor was 5.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

30.6
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 7.59. This is about average. Closest monitor was 5.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.59
U.S.:

8.46
Lead Level

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2005 was 0.00401. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 5.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.00401
U.S.:

0.00984

Tornado activity:

Bethel-area historical tornado activity is below Delaware state average. It is 47% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/28/2002, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 18.6 miles away from the Bethel town center caused $150,000 in damages.

On 4/28/2002, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 48.0 miles away from the town center killed 3 people and injured 122 people and caused $124 million in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Bethel-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Delaware state average. It is 65% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/23/2011 at 17:51:04, a magnitude 5.8 (5.8 MW, Depth: 3.7 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 133.8 miles away from the city 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 123.8 miles away from Bethel center
On 11/30/2017 at 21:47:31, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 MW, Depth: 6.1 mi) earthquake occurred 44.7 miles away from the city center
On 8/25/2011 at 05:07:52, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 ML, Depth: 4.2 mi) earthquake occurred 134.5 miles away from the city center
On 12/9/2003 at 20:59:14, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 141.6 miles away from Bethel center
On 12/9/2003 at 20:59:18, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 ML, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 145.6 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Sussex County (18) is near the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 6, Floods: 5, Storms: 3, Winter Storms: 3, Snowstorms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowfall: 1, Water Shortage: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Bethel topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Bethel:

  • NANTICOKE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals (about 6 miles away; SEAFORD, DE)
  • LOFLAND PARK CENTER (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; SEAFORD, DE)
  • METHODIST MANOR HOUSE (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; SEAFORD, DE)
  • SEAFORD CENTER (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; SEAFORD, DE)
  • DELMAR NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER (Nursing Home, about 8 miles away; DELMAR, DE)
  • DEERS HEAD CENTER (Dialysis Facility, about 13 miles away; SALISBURY, MD)
  • SALISBURY CENTER (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; SALISBURY, MD)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Bethel:

  • Delaware Technical Community College-Owens (about 15 miles; Georgetown, DE; Full-time enrollment: 3,159)
  • Wor-Wic Community College (about 15 miles; Salisbury, MD; FT enrollment: 2,256)
  • Salisbury University (about 16 miles; Salisbury, MD; FT enrollment: 8,375)
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore (about 25 miles; Princess Anne, MD; FT enrollment: 3,902)
  • Delaware State University (about 43 miles; Dover, DE; FT enrollment: 4,087)
  • Delaware Technical Community College-Terry (about 44 miles; Dover, DE; FT enrollment: 2,239)
  • United States Naval Academy (about 55 miles; Annapolis, MD; FT enrollment: 5,681)

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Church in Bethel: Bethel United Methodist Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Sussex County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential
Average household size:
This town:

2.3 people
Delaware:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

72.4%
Whole state:

67.4%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

3.9%
Whole state:

7.3%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.0% of all households
  • Gay men: 1.3% of all households

For population 15 years and over in Bethel:

Marital status in Bethel, DE
  • Never married: 23.4%
  • Now married: 57.0%
  • Separated: 2.7%
  • Widowed: 8.7%
  • Divorced: 8.1%

For population 25 years and over in Bethel:

  • High school or higher: 98.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 29.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.8%
  • Unemployed: 5.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.6 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

7.0
Delaware average:

11.6

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Bethel, DE (based on Sussex County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic27,6817
Mainline Protestant23,803107
Evangelical Protestant16,640115
Black Protestant2,91421
Other6558
Orthodox2202
None125,232-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 45
Sussex County:

2.45 / 10,000 pop.
Delaware:

1.74 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 3
This county:

0.16 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.09 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 18
Sussex County:

0.98 / 10,000 pop.
Delaware:

1.25 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 85
Sussex County:

4.62 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 236
Here:

12.84 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.43 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

10.9%
Delaware:

9.0%
Adult obesity rate:
Sussex County:

28.9%
Delaware:

27.9%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2017)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other and Unallocable 0$0 0$0
Totals for Government 0$0 0$0

6.81% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($79,777 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.81%
Delaware average:

5.47%

0.05% of residents moved from foreign countries ($546 average AGI)
Sussex County:

0.05%
Delaware average:

0.06%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Kent County, DE  0.86% ($39,974 average AGI)
from New Castle County, DE  0.54% ($87,246)
from Wicomico County, MD  0.34% ($48,416)


4.46% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($46,221 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.46%
Delaware average:

5.02%

0.06% of residents moved to foreign countries ($608 average AGI)
Sussex County:

0.06%
Delaware average:

0.08%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Kent County, DE  0.78% ($33,254 average AGI)
to New Castle County, DE  0.38% ($47,441)
to Wicomico County, MD  0.34% ($29,498)

Strongest AM radio stations in Bethel:

  • WTGM (960 AM; 10 kW; SALISBURY, MD; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WJWK (1280 AM; 1 kW; SEAFORD, DE; Owner: GREAT SCOTT BROADCASTING)
  • WJWL (900 AM; 11 kW; GEORGETOWN, DE; Owner: GREAT SCOTT BROADCASTING)
  • WJDY (1470 AM; 5 kW; SALISBURY, MD; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WBIS (1190 AM; 50 kW; ANNAPOLIS, MD; Owner: NATIONS RADIO, LLC)
  • WWGB (1030 AM; daytime; 50 kW; INDIAN HEAD, MD; Owner: GOOD BODY MEDIA, LLC)
  • WCBM (680 AM; 50 kW; BALTIMORE, MD; Owner: WCBM MARYLAND, INC.)
  • WTEM (980 AM; 50 kW; WASHINGTON, DC; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WVCH (740 AM; 50 kW; CHESTER, PA; Owner: WVCH COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WWLG (1370 AM; 50 kW; BALTIMORE, MD; Owner: M-10 BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WBAL (1090 AM; 50 kW; BALTIMORE, MD; Owner: HEARST RADIO, INC.)
  • WPGC (1580 AM; 50 kW; MORNINGSIDE, MD; Owner: INFINITY WPGC(AM), INC.)
  • WPEN (950 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: GREATER PHILADELPHIA RADIO, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Bethel:

  • WGBG (98.5 FM; SEAFORD, DE; Owner: GREAT SCOTT BROADCASTING)
  • WKDB (95.3 FM; LAUREL, DE; Owner: GREAT SCOTT BROADCASTING)
  • WSCL (89.5 FM; SALISBURY, MD; Owner: SALISBURY UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION, INC.)
  • WLVW-FM (105.5 FM; SALISBURY, MD; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WAAI (100.9 FM; HURLOCK, MD; Owner: MTS BROADCASTING, L.C.)
  • WTDK (107.1 FM; FEDERALSBURG, MD; Owner: MTS BROADCASTING, L.C.)
  • WZBH (93.5 FM; GEORGETOWN, DE; Owner: GREAT SCOTT BROADCASTING)
  • WQHQ (104.7 FM; OCEAN CITY-SALISBURY, MD; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WICO-FM (97.5 FM; SALISBURY, MD; Owner: DELMARVA BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • W204AY (88.7 FM; SALISBURY, MD; Owner: PENSACOLA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE, INC.)
  • WZEB (101.7 FM; OCEAN VIEW, DE; Owner: GREAT SCOTT BROADCASTING)
  • WDIH (90.3 FM; SALISBURY, MD; Owner: SALISBURY EDUCATIONAL B/C FOUNDATION)
  • WESM (91.3 FM; PRINCESS ANNE, MD; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, EASTERN SHORE)
  • WSBY-FM (98.9 FM; SALISBURY, MD; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WOSC (95.9 FM; BETHANY BEACH, DE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WJNE (103.5 FM; BETHANY BEACH, DE; Owner: GREAT SCOTT BROADCASTING)
  • WOCQ (103.9 FM; BERLIN, MD; Owner: GREAT SCOTT BROADCASTING)
  • WXPZ (101.3 FM; MILFORD, DE; Owner: DELMARVA BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WLBW (92.1 FM; FENWICK ISLAND, DE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WOCM (98.1 FM; SELBYVILLE, DE; Owner: IRIE RADIO, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Bethel:

  • WBOC-TV (Channel 16; SALISBURY, MD; Owner: WBOC, INC.)
  • WMDT (Channel 47; SALISBURY, MD; Owner: DELMARVA BROADCAST SERVICE GENERAL PARTNERSHIP)
  • WDPB (Channel 64; SEAFORD, DE; Owner: WHYY, INC.)
  • W38BN (Channel 38; SALISBURY, MD; Owner: SALISBURY EDUCATIONAL B/CTING FOUND.)
  • WCPB (Channel 28; SALISBURY, MD; Owner: MARYLAND PUBLIC BROADCASTING COMMISSION)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 3Number of bridges
  • 33ft / 9.9mTotal length
  • $2,000,000Total costs
  • 3,573Total average daily traffic
  • 283Total average daily truck traffic
  • 6,198Total future (year 2036) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

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  • 202 Vine St (Lat: 38.578444 Lon: -75.620472), Call Sign: KNGN384, Licensee ID: L00641446,
    Assigned Frequencies: 155.280 MHz, Grant Date: 02/20/2003, Expiration Date: 05/04/2013, Cancellation Date: 07/06/2013, Registrant: Broadcreek Medical Service Inc, 1601 Middleford Rd, Seaford, DE 19973

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

4
  • Call Sign: K3DEL, Previous Call Sign: KB3BSN, Licensee ID: L00786138, Grant Date: 02/03/2007, Expiration Date: 04/08/2017, Cancellation Date: 04/09/2019, Registrant: Delaware Vhf Society, Bethel, DE 19931-0073
  • Call Sign: KA3NPY, Licensee ID: L00958671, Grant Date: 12/30/2004, Expiration Date: 01/24/2015, Cancellation Date: 01/25/2017, Certifier: Rodney S Allen, Registrant: Rodney S Allen, Bethel, DE 19931-0073
  • Call Sign: W3CCO, Previous Call Sign: N3EET, Licensee ID: L00269622, Grant Date: 05/25/2006, Expiration Date: 06/24/2016, Cancellation Date: 06/26/2018, Registrant: Ronald H Allen Ii, Bethel, DE 19931-0073
  • Call Sign: W3OR, Previous Call Sign: AA3NF, Licensee ID: L00786138, Grant Date: 04/04/2006, Expiration Date: 06/04/2016, Cancellation Date: 06/05/2018, Registrant: Ronald H Allen, Bethel, DE 19931-0073

Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Bethel, DE
  • 38.2%Electricity
  • 30.3%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 15.7%Wood
  • 7.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 3.4%Solar energy
  • 2.2%Utility gas
  • 2.2%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Bethel, DE
  • 72.7%Electricity
  • 27.3%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.


Bethel compared to Delaware state average:

  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students above state average.
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