Bethel, Delaware

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Population in 2014: 183 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -0.5%
 
Males: 87  (47.9%)
Females: 96  (52.1%)
Median resident age:  65.1 years
Delaware median age:  40.6 years

Zip code: 19931

Estimated median household income in 2016: $68,150 (it was $34,107 in 2000)
Bethel:

$68,150
DE:

$61,757

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $38,683 (it was $25,254 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $233,053 (it was $97,900 in 2000)
Bethel:

$233,053
DE:

$243,400

Mean prices in 2016: All housing units: $245,831; Detached houses: $235,990
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    • 15993.0%White alone
    • 63.5%Black alone
    • 31.8%Hispanic
    • 21.2%Two or more races
    • 10.6%Asian alone
Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Bethel: 88.1 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: English (37.9%), Irish (13.8%), German (11.5%), Polish (6.9%), Scottish (5.7%), American (3.4%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Land area: 0.45 square miles.

Population density: 411 people per square mile   (low).

Bethel, Delaware map

For population 25 years and over in Bethel:

  • High school or higher: 96.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 27.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 9.9%
  • Unemployed: 5.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.6 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Bethel town:

  • Never married: 17.0%
  • Now married: 68.6%
  • Separated: 1.9%
  • Widowed: 2.8%
  • Divorced: 9.8%

2 residents are foreign born

This town:

1.1%
Delaware:

8.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $625 (0.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $521 (0.2%)

Bethel satellite photo by USGS

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

Bethel household income distribution Bethel home values distribution

Property values in Bethel, DE

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.4%
Delaware:

4.9%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: +27 (+17.2%).
Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (17%)
  • Construction (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (14%)
  • Utilities (11%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (11%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (8%)
  • Retail trade (16%)
  • Health care and social assistance (16%)
  • Other services, except public administration (14%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (12%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (17%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (17%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (14%)
  • Sales and related occupations (14%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (14%)
  • Production occupations (8%)
  • Community and social service occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (26%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (14%)
  • Sales and related occupations (14%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (12%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (9%)
  • Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations (5%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (5%)

Average climate in Bethel, Delaware

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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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 near Delaware state average. It is 87% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

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 the city center
On 12/9/2003 at 20:59:14, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB, 4.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 141.6 miles away from Bethel 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 123.4 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, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 323.7 miles away from the city center
On 8/22/1992 at 12:20:32, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 3.8 MS, 4.7 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 288.0 miles away from Bethel center
On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML) earthquake occurred 378.3 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 Sussex County (17) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
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 (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

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 71.1. This is about average.

City:

71.1
U.S.:

74.7

Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 29.9. This is about average. Closest monitor was 5.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

29.9
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2001 was 12.7. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 5.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

12.7
U.S.:

20.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 8.44. This is about average. Closest monitor was 5.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.44
U.S.:

9.35

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2005 was 0.00401. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 5.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.00401
U.S.:

0.01376
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 6.1%
(6.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents)
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

Educational Attainment (%) in 2016

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2016

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.3
Delaware average:

11.6

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

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Religion statistics for Bethel town (based on Sussex County data)

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%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

61.7%
State:

49.2%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Bethel:

66.8%
Delaware:

46.1%

Average BMI:
This city:

27.2
Delaware:

28.8

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

18.7%
Delaware:

21.1%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

9.5%
State:

10.9%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

7.3
Delaware:

6.8

Overweight people:
Bethel:

37.6%
Delaware:

34.1%

General health condition:
Bethel:

67.7%
Delaware:

55.6%

Average condition of hearing:
Bethel:

84.4%
Delaware:

79.2%

More about Health and Nutrition of Bethel, DE Residents
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
Financial Administration 0$0 1$30
Totals for Government 0$0 1$30

5.55% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($50,623 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.55%
Delaware average:

5.01%

0.04% of residents moved from foreign countries ($303 average AGI)
Sussex County:

0.04%
Delaware average:

0.07%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Kent County, DE  0.68% ($31,255 average AGI)
from Wicomico County, MD  0.38% ($40,062)
from Worcester County, MD  0.17% ($36,023)


4.39% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($37,649 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.39%
Delaware average:

4.68%

0.04% of residents moved to foreign countries ($369 average AGI)
Sussex County:

0.04%
Delaware average:

0.09%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Kent County, DE  0.73% ($31,909 average AGI)
to Wicomico County, MD  0.31% ($26,704)
to Worcester County, MD  0.13% ($30,570)

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
  • 1Number of bridges
  • 7m23ftTotal length
  • $1,000,000Total costs
  • 1,926Total average daily traffic
  • 115Total average daily truck traffic
  • 2,416Total future (year 2036) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Private 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 MHzGrant Date: 02/20/2003, Expiration Date: 05/04/2013, Cancellation Date: 07/06/2013Registrant: Broadcreek Medical Service Inc, 1601 Middleford Rd, Seaford, DE 19973

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

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  • Call Sign: K3DEL, Previous Call Sign: KB3BSN, Licensee ID: L00786138, Grant Date: 02/03/2007, Expiration Date: 04/08/2017, Registrant: Delaware Vhf Society, Bethel, DE 19931-0073
  • Call Sign: KA3NPY, Licensee ID: L00958671, Grant Date: 12/30/2004, Expiration Date: 01/24/2015, 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, 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, Registrant: Ronald H Allen, Bethel, DE 19931-0073

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 4
  • Hazardous Condition: 1
  • Service Call: 1

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (55%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (25%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (11%)
  • Wood (5%)

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.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age above state average.
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