Bethel, New York

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Population in 2010: 4,255.
Population change since 2000: -2.5%
 
Males: 2,235  (52.5%)
Females: 2,020  (47.5%)
Median resident age:

46.3 years
New York median age:

40.7 years

Zip codes: 12786.

Estimated median household income in 2019: $58,542 (it was $36,017 in 2000)
Bethel:

$58,542
NY:

$72,108

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $41,515 (it was $25,335 in 2000)

Bethel town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $175,589 (it was $91,700 in 2000)
Bethel:

$175,589
NY:

$338,700

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $226,964; detached houses: $241,042; townhouses or other attached units: $178,766; in 2-unit structures: $344,006; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $361,649; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $179,200; mobile homes: $98,138
March 2019 cost of living index in Bethel: 100.9 (near average, U.S. average is 100)

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  • Races in Bethel, NY (2010)
    • 3,50682.4%White alone
    • 48511.4%Hispanic
    • 1393.3%Black alone
    • 681.6%Two or more races
    • 360.8%Asian alone
    • 130.3%American Indian alone
    • 80.2%Other race alone

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

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Ancestries: Irish (19.2%), German (18.4%), Italian (12.9%), United States (7.1%), English (6.2%), Polish (5.1%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Land area: 85.4 square miles.

Population density: 50 people per square mile   (very low).

Bethel, New York map

370 residents are foreign born (4.3% Latin America, 3.9% Europe).

This town:

8.5%
New York:

20.4%
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Bethel town:

2.3% ($2,154)
New York:

1.9% ($2,847)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Scranton, PA (46.9 miles , pop. 76,415).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Newark, NJ (74.4 miles , pop. 273,546).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Bronx, NY (77.1 miles , pop. 1,332,650).

Nearest cities:

Smallwood, NY (1.6 miles ),
Jeffersonville, NY (2.8 miles ),
Cochecton, NY (2.8 miles ),
Monticello, NY (2.9 miles ),
Liberty, NY (3.0 miles ),
Thompson, NY (3.0 miles ),
Delaware, NY (3.1 miles ),
Fowlerville, NY (3.2 miles )

Latitude: 41.69 N, Longitude: 74.84 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 845

Distribution of median household income in Bethel, NY in 2019
Bethel satellite photo by USGS

Bethel tourist attractions:

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 16 buildings, average cost: $146,100
  • 1998: 7 buildings, average cost: $89,600
  • 1999: 11 buildings, average cost: $109,700
  • 2000: 20 buildings, average cost: $164,200
  • 2001: 43 buildings, average cost: $114,600
  • 2002: 38 buildings, average cost: $172,900
  • 2003: 45 buildings, average cost: $149,200
  • 2004: 69 buildings, average cost: $312,200
  • 2005: 84 buildings, average cost: $166,500
  • 2006: 60 buildings, average cost: $342,300
  • 2007: 60 buildings, average cost: $272,200
  • 2008: 23 buildings, average cost: $333,600
  • 2009: 20 buildings, average cost: $227,100
  • 2010: 14 buildings, average cost: $214,300
  • 2011: 10 buildings, average cost: $214,300
  • 2012: 12 buildings, average cost: $307,300
  • 2013: 27 buildings, average cost: $147,700
  • 2014: 8 buildings, average cost: $238,800
  • 2015: 13 buildings, average cost: $120,400
  • 2016: 13 buildings, average cost: $184,500
  • 2017: 26 buildings, average cost: $127,300
  • 2018: 27 buildings, average cost: $127,300
  • 2019: 4 buildings, average cost: $326,300
Number of permits per 10,000 Bethel, NY residents
Average permit cost in Bethel, NY
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

5.8%
New York:

8.1%
Historical population in Bethel, NY
Historical housing units in Bethel, NY
Most common industries in Bethel, NY (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (18.8%)
  • Construction (11.0%)
  • Accommodation & food services (9.6%)
  • Educational services (6.8%)
  • Public administration (5.9%)
  • Finance & insurance (5.7%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (3.5%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (19.8%)
  • Health care (10.7%)
  • Public administration (8.3%)
  • Finance & insurance (7.5%)
  • Accommodation & food services (7.2%)
  • Truck transportation (5.7%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (4.1%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (28.1%)
  • Educational services (12.6%)
  • Accommodation & food services (12.5%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (4.9%)
  • Finance & insurance (3.6%)
  • Public administration (3.1%)
  • Furniture & home furnishings, household appliance stores (2.9%)
Most common occupations in Bethel, NY (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4.9%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (4.6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.0%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (3.6%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (3.2%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (8.6%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (6.4%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (5.6%)
  • Law enforcement workers, including supervisors (5.3%)
  • Carpenters (4.2%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.1%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4.1%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (10.5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (8.6%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (7.4%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5.8%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.4%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (4.3%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.2%)

Average climate in Bethel, New York

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Bethel-area historical tornado activity is slightly above New York 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 28.1 miles away from the Bethel town center injured 12 people and caused $3 million in damages.

On 7/14/1988, a category F3 tornado 29.7 miles away from the town center injured one person and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Bethel-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above New York state average. It is 67% 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 158.5 miles away from Bethel center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.3 (5.3 ML, Depth: 3.0 mi) earthquake occurred 203.5 miles away from the city center
On 8/23/2011 at 17:51:04, a magnitude 5.8 (5.8 MW, Depth: 3.7 mi) earthquake occurred 308.9 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) earthquake occurred 201.6 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 112.9 miles away from Bethel 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 65.5 miles away from Bethel 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 Sullivan County (29) is a lot greater than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 19
Emergencies Declared: 9

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 11, Storms: 11, Hurricanes: 5, Snowstorms: 3, Blizzards: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Power Outage: 1, Tornado: 1, Tropical Depression: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Water Shortage: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Other: 3 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Bethel topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Bethel:

  • CATSKILL DIALYSIS CENTER (Dialysis Facility, about 8 miles away; MONTICELLO, NY)
  • HOSPICE OF SULLIVAN COUNTY INC (Hospital, about 9 miles away; MONTICELLO, NY)
  • ACHIEVE REHAB AND NURSING FACILITY (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; LIBERTY, NY)
  • SDTC - THE CENTER FOR DISCOVERY (Hospital, about 10 miles away; LIBERTY, NY)
  • SULLIVAN COUNTY ADULT CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 11 miles away; LIBERTY, NY)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Bethel:

  • Orange County Community College (about 28 miles; Middletown, NY; Full-time enrollment: 4,742)
  • Ulster County Community College (about 39 miles; Stone Ridge, NY; FT enrollment: 2,207)
  • State University of New York at New Paltz (about 40 miles; New Paltz, NY; FT enrollment: 7,319)
  • SUNY College of Technology at Delhi (about 41 miles; Delhi, NY; FT enrollment: 2,911)
  • Sussex County Community College (about 44 miles; Newton, NJ; FT enrollment: 2,402)
  • Mount Saint Mary College (about 45 miles; Newburgh, NY; FT enrollment: 2,166)
  • Marywood University (about 45 miles; Scranton, PA; FT enrollment: 2,959)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Bethel: Bethel Town Landfill (A), Island Glen Country Club (B), Beaverdam Brook Farms (C), Pelleh Farms (D), Tenmile River Camps (E), Kauneonga Lake Sewage Treatment Plant (F), Swan Lake Golf and Country Club (G), Kauneonga Lake Fire Department (H), White Lake Fire Company (I), Smallwood - Mongaup Valley Fire Company (J). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Bethel include: Saint Anns Church (A), Saint Marys Church (B), White Lake Church (C), Mongaup Valley Church (D), Reformed Church (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Soule Cemetery (1), Bethel Evergreen Cemetery (2), Stewart Cemetery (3), Fayerweather Cemetery (4), Fulton Cemetery (5), Lyon Cemetery (6), Van Keuren Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Indian Field Pond (A), Kilcoin Pond (B), Little Black Lake (C), Lynchs Pond (D), Mallory Pond (E), Meyers Pond (F), Lake Nianque (G), Sicans Pond (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Frasers Brook (A), White Lake Brook (B), Hemp Meadow Brook (C), Creamery Brook (D), West Branch Mongaup River (E), Beaverdam Brook (F), Mallory Brook (G), Lybolt Brook (H), Lemons Brook (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Sullivan County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

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

HECTORS INN (Population served: 50, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 4 routine major monitoring violations
Average household size:
This town:

2.4 people
New York:

2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

63.4%
Whole state:

63.5%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

9.3%
Whole state:

6.8%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.8% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.7% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

14.9%
Whole state:

14.6%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

4.6%
Whole state:

7.4%
108 people in residential treatment centers for adults in 2010
70 people in group homes intended for adults in 2010

People in group quarters in Bethel in 2000:

  • 199 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 103 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 18 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 10 people in other noninstitutional group quarters

For population 15 years and over in Bethel:

Marital status in Bethel, NY
  • Never married: 25.7%
  • Now married: 52.0%
  • Separated: 2.6%
  • Widowed: 8.3%
  • Divorced: 11.3%

For population 25 years and over in Bethel:

  • High school or higher: 76.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 13.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.3%
  • Unemployed: 15.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 32.3 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2000
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2000
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

11.7
New York average:

14.2

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Bethel, NY (based on Sullivan County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic15,35221
Other9,81731
Mainline Protestant4,94744
Evangelical Protestant1,39918
Orthodox602
None45,972-
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: 31
Sullivan County:

4.06 / 10,000 pop.
New York:

4.13 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Sullivan County:

0.13 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.06 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 17
This county:

2.22 / 10,000 pop.
New York:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 43
This county:

5.63 / 10,000 pop.
New York:

1.68 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 84
This county:

10.99 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.82 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.4%
New York:

8.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Sullivan County:

24.1%
New York:

23.8%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

16.4%
New York:

15.6%

5.64% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($49,876 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.64%
New York average:

4.90%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Orange County, NY  1.43% ($38,867 average AGI)
from Kings County, NY  0.64% ($51,528)
from Ulster County, NY  0.44% ($37,797)


6.12% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($50,062 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.12%
New York average:

5.85%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Orange County, NY  1.29% ($43,111 average AGI)
to Ulster County, NY  0.44% ($45,435)
to Kings County, NY  0.20% ($35,018)

Businesses in Bethel, NY

  • U-Haul: 1

Strongest AM radio stations in Bethel:

  • WMCA (570 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: SALEM MEDIA OF NEW YORK, LLC)
  • 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.)
  • WVOS (1240 AM; 1 kW; LIBERTY, NY; Owner: MOUNTAIN BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WINS (1010 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WSNR (620 AM; 20 kW; JERSEY CITY, NJ)
  • WEPN (1050 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: NEW YORK AM RADIO, LLC)
  • WCBS (880 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WWJZ (640 AM; 50 kW; MOUNT HOLLY, NJ; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WBBR (1130 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: BLOOMBERG COMMUNICATIONS INC.)
  • WGY (810 AM; 50 kW; SCHENECTADY, NY; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WADO (1280 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: WADO-AM LICENSE CORP.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Bethel:

  • WDNB (102.1 FM; JEFFERSONVILLE, NY; Owner: DE WIT BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WJFF (90.5 FM; JEFFERSONVILLE, NY; Owner: RADIO CATSKILL)
  • WSUL (98.3 FM; MONTICELLO, NY; Owner: REYNOLDS COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WPDA (106.1 FM; JEFFERSONVILLE, NY; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WJUX (99.7 FM; MONTICELLO, NY; Owner: MONTICELLO MOUNTAIN TOP BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WGWR (88.1 FM; LIBERTY, NY; Owner: SOUND OF LIFE, INC.)
  • WFKP (99.3 FM; ELLENVILLE, NY; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WVOS-FM (95.9 FM; LIBERTY, NY; Owner: MOUNTAIN BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WOSR (91.7 FM; MIDDLETOWN, NY; Owner: WAMC)
  • W233AH (94.5 FM; MONTICELLO, NY; Owner: RADIO CATSKILL)
  • WZAD (97.3 FM; WURTSBORO, NY; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WPDH (101.5 FM; POUGHKEEPSIE, NY; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WPGP (88.3 FM; TAFTON, PA; Owner: SOUND OF LIFE, INC.)
  • WXHD (90.1 FM; MOUNT HOPE, NY; Owner: AURICLE COMMUNICATIONS)
  • WQFN (100.1 FM; FOREST CITY, PA; Owner: THE SCRANTON TIMES, L.P.)
  • WTSX (96.7 FM; PORT JERVIS, NY; Owner: PORT JERVIS BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WYCY (105.3 FM; HAWLEY, PA; Owner: DE WIT BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WRPJ (88.9 FM; PORT JERVIS, NY; Owner: SOUND OF LIFE, INC.)
  • WAMK (90.9 FM; KINGSTON, NY; Owner: W A M C)
  • WDNH-FM (95.3 FM; HONESDALE, PA; Owner: DE WIT BROADCASTING CORPORATION)

TV broadcast stations around Bethel:

  • W51BN (Channel 51; WHITE LAKE, NY; Owner: JOHN MESTER INCOME FAMILY TRUST)
  • W30AZ (Channel 30; LIBERTY, NY; Owner: JOHN MESTER INCOME FAMILY TRUST)
  • W27AL (Channel 27; MONTICELLO, NY; Owner: JOHN MESTER INCOME FAMILY TRUST)

Medal of Honor Recipients

Medal of Honor Recipient born in Bethel: John Simmons.

  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 9Number of bridges
  • 30ft / 8.7mTotal length
  • $4,430,000Total costs
  • 6,600Total average daily traffic
  • 613Total average daily truck traffic
  • 6,662Total future (year 2037) average daily traffic
Most common first names in Bethel, NY among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Charles379.0 years
George261.5 years
Agnes271.5 years
Edward266.5 years
Frank273.5 years
Anna288.9 years
Florence286.5 years
John265.0 years
Joseph273.0 years
Marjorie281.5 years
Most common last names in Bethel, NY among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Brown585.4 years
Brucher382.7 years
Coots282.0 years
Grossman279.5 years
Altman270.0 years
Engel272.0 years
Feinburg278.5 years
Bastone285.0 years
Boll297.0 years
Isseroff280.0 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Bethel, NY
  • 70.2%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 11.2%Electricity
  • 11.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 6.8%Wood
  • 0.4%Utility gas
  • 0.4%Coal or coke
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Bethel, NY
  • 65.9%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 21.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 7.3%Electricity
  • 2.4%Wood
  • 2.1%Other fuel
  • 1.2%Utility gas


Bethel compared to New York state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.

Bethel on our top lists:

  • #2 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse (population 1,000+)"
  • #36 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms (population 1,000+)"
  • #50 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Other Central America (population 500+)"
  • #43 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest surface withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #47 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #61 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #72 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people moving out compared to moving in (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #101 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
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