Bethesda, Tennessee

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Population in July 2007: 6,697.
Males: 3,349  (50.0%)
Females: 3,348  (50.0%)
Median resident age:  39.0 years
Tennessee median age:  35.9 years

Zip code: 37046

Estimated median household income in 2013: $42,141 (it was $33,750 in 2000)
Bethesda:

$42,141
TN:

$44,297

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $21,892 (it was $16,457 in 2000)

Bethesda CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $131,875 (it was $84,300 in 2000)
Bethesda:

$131,875
TN:

$140,300

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $171,759; Detached houses: $190,651; Townhouses or other attached units: $166,680; In 2-unit structures: $150,655; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $171,650; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $123,487; Mobile homes: $47,578
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  • Races in Bethesda, TN (2000)

    Bethesda races chart
    • 6,06298.3%White alone
    • 340.6%Hispanic
    • 320.5%Two or more races
    • 160.3%Black alone
    • 90.1%American Indian alone
    • 80.1%Asian alone
    • 70.1%Other race alone
Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Bethesda: 85.7 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Land area: 58.5 square miles.

Population density: 114 people per square mile   (very low).

Bethesda, Tennessee map

For population 25 years and over in Bethesda:

  • High school or higher: 70.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 12.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.8%
  • Unemployed: 3.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Bethesda CCD:

  • Never married: 18.1%
  • Now married: 69.4%
  • Separated: 0.8%
  • Widowed: 5.8%
  • Divorced: 6.7%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Bethesda CCD:  0.5% ($427)
Tennessee:  0.8% ($715)
Bethesda satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Johnson City, TN (9.8 miles , pop. 55,469).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Charlotte, NC (115.4 miles , pop. 540,828).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (476.4 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities: Jonesborough, TN (2.3 miles ), Erwin, TN (2.4 miles ), Midway, TN (2.5 miles ), Telford, TN (2.5 miles ), Banner Hill, TN (2.6 miles ), Unicoi, TN (2.7 miles ), Johnson City, TN (3.1 miles ), Pine Crest, TN (3.2 miles ).

Latitude: 36.22 N, Longitude: 82.47 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 423

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

7.0%
Tennessee:

7.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (24%)
  • Chemicals (6%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (3%)
  • Health care (3%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (3%)
  • Health care (26%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
  • Food and beverage stores (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (10%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (6%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (6%)
  • Cashiers (5%)
  • Registered nurses (4%)

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

Average climate in Bethesda, Tennessee

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Bethesda-area historical tornado activity is significantly below Tennessee state average. It is 66% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/10/1980, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 6.6 miles away from the Bethesda place center injured 12 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 4/8/1957, a category F2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado 7.7 miles away from the place center caused between $500 and $5000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Bethesda-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Tennessee state average. It is 80% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 159.8 miles away from the city center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 88.5 miles away from Bethesda center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG) earthquake occurred 162.1 miles away from the city center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 70.6 miles away from the city center
On 11/2/2006 at 17:53:02, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 74.5 miles away from Bethesda center
On 9/7/1988 at 02:28:09, a magnitude 4.6 (4.5 MB, 4.6 LG) earthquake occurred 154.3 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Washington County (7) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 5
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Storms: 4, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tornado: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near Bethesda:

  • FOUR OAKS HEALTH CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; JONESBOROUGH, TN)
  • JONESBOROUGH NH (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; JONESBOROUGH, TN)
  • COMCARE INC OBRIEN (Hospital, about 7 miles away; ERWIN, TN)
  • UNICOI COUNTY HOME HEALTH (Home Health Center, about 7 miles away; ERWIN, TN)
  • CENTER ON AGING AND HEALTH (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; ERWIN, TN)
  • ERWIN HEALTH CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; ERWIN, TN)
  • LAKEBRIDGE HEALTH CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 8 miles away; JOHNSON CITY, TN)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Bethesda:

  • East Tennessee State University (about 9 miles; Johnson City, TN; Full-time enrollment: 12,774)
  • Tusculum College (about 17 miles; Greeneville, TN; FT enrollment: 2,070)
  • Northeast State Community College (about 19 miles; Blountville, TN; FT enrollment: 4,480)
  • King University (about 31 miles; Bristol, TN; FT enrollment: 2,472)
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville (about 42 miles; Asheville, NC; FT enrollment: 3,312)
  • Appalachian State University (about 44 miles; Boone, NC; FT enrollment: 17,362)
  • Walters State Community College (about 45 miles; Morristown, TN; FT enrollment: 4,359)

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Notable locations in Bethesda: Pinnacle Mountain Lookout (A), Clarkville Iron Furnace Documentary Site (B), Unaka Ranger Station (C), Sally Hole (D), Embreeville Volunteer Fire Department (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Bethesda include: Union Church (A), Vincent United Methodist Church (B), Bethel Church (C), Bethesda United Methodist Church (D), Cherokee Community Independent Freewill Baptist Church (E), Embreeville United Methodist Church (F), Embreeville Cove Baptist Church (G), Cherokee Mountain Baptist Church (H), Cherokee Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Young-Lyle-Strickland Cemetery (1), Union Cemetery (2), Stuart Cemetery (3), Slagle Cemetery (4), Pleasant View Cemetery (5), Old Embreeville Cemetery (6), Old Dutch Meeting House Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes: Waller Pond (A), Walker Pond (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Lebanon Branch (A), Patty Creek (B), Straight Creek (C), Tellico Branch (D), Briar Creek (E), Bumpus Cove Creek (F), Jackson Creek (G), Deacon Creek (H), Dry Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Bethesda: Unicoi Wildlife Management Area (1). Display/hide its location on the map

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

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 73.0. This is about average.

City:

73.0
U.S.:

74.2

Ozone [ppb] level in 2012 was 31.4. This is about average. Closest monitor was 22.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

31.4
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 8.93. This is about average. Closest monitor was 22.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.93
U.S.:

9.14

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2008 was 0.0520. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 9.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.0520
U.S.:

0.0147
Average household size:
This place:  2.5 people
Tennessee:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  69.6%
Whole state:  69.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  3.8%
Whole state:  4.2%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

13.0%
Whole state:

13.5%

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

4.6%
Whole state:

5.8%

Bethesda compared to Tennessee state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly 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.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

13.1
Tennessee average:

13.3

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (71%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (12%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (9%)
  • Wood (6%)
  • Utility gas (2%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Bethesda CCD (based on Washington County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant51,327182
Mainline Protestant12,87750
Catholic3,0001
Other1,9248
Black Protestant7365
Orthodox451
None53,070-
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: 20
Washington County:

1.72 / 10,000 pop.
Tennessee:

1.99 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 3
This county:

0.26 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.17 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Washington County:

0.09 / 10,000 pop.
Tennessee:

0.65 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 59
Washington County:

5.07 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.16 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 95
Here:

8.16 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.56 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

10.7%
Tennessee:

11.4%
Adult obesity rate:
Washington County:

29.0%
Tennessee:

30.2%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

14.0%
State:

13.5%

7.52% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($38,330 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.52%
Tennessee average:

6.50%

0.04% of residents moved from foreign countries ($119 average AGI)
Washington County:

0.04%
Tennessee average:

0.03%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Sullivan County, TN  1.37% ($32,307 average AGI)
from Carter County, TN  0.96% ($27,972)
from Greene County, TN  0.43% ($23,573)


6.99% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($37,050 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.99%
Tennessee average:

6.26%

0.05% of residents moved to foreign countries ($381 average AGI)
Washington County:

0.05%
Tennessee average:

0.05%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Sullivan County, TN  1.31% ($32,121 average AGI)
to Carter County, TN  0.97% ($26,136)
to Greene County, TN  0.40% ($23,616)

Strongest AM radio stations in Bethesda:

  • WKTP (1590 AM; 10 kW; JONESBOROUGH, TN; Owner: HOLSTON VALLEY BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WETB (790 AM; 5 kW; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: MOUNTAIN SIGNALS, INC.)
  • WEMB (1420 AM; 5 kW; ERWIN, TN; Owner: W E M B, INC.)
  • WPWT (870 AM; daytime; 10 kW; COLONIAL HEIGHTS, TN; Owner: INFORMATION COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • WGOC (640 AM; 10 kW; BLOUNTVILLE, TN; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WHGG (1090 AM; daytime; 10 kW; KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: APPALACHIAN EDUCATIONAL COMMUNICATIO)
  • WJCW (910 AM; 5 kW; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WFGW (1010 AM; 50 kW; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WZAP (690 AM; 10 kW; BRISTOL, VA; Owner: RAM COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WKJV (1380 AM; 25 kW; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: INTERNATIONAL BAPTIST OUTREACH MISSIONS)
  • WKYK (940 AM; 5 kW; BURNSVILLE, NC; Owner: MARK MEDIA, INC.)
  • WLFJ (660 AM; daytime; 50 kW; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WKVL (850 AM; daytime; 50 kW; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: HORNE RADIO, LLC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Bethesda:

  • WQUT (101.5 FM; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WPJO (99.3 FM; ELIZABETHTON, TN; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WTFM (98.5 FM; KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: HOLSTON VALLEY BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WHCB (91.5 FM; BRISTOL, TN; Owner: APPALACHIAN EDUC. COMMUNICATION CORP)
  • WETS-FM (89.5 FM; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WXBQ-FM (96.9 FM; BRISTOL, TN; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • W214AP (90.7 FM; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: THE MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO)
  • WMIT (106.9 FM; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WAEZ (94.9 FM; GREENEVILLE, TN; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WNCW (88.7 FM; SPINDALE, NC; Owner: ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • WCQR-FM (88.3 FM; KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE RADIO, INC.)
  • WXIS (103.9 FM; ERWIN, TN; Owner: WEMB, INC.)
  • WRZK (95.9 FM; COLONIAL HEIGHTS, TN; Owner: MURRAY COMMUNICATIONS)
  • WECR-FM (102.3 FM; BEECH MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: RONDINARO BROADCASTING, INC)
  • WZJS (100.7 FM; BANNER ELK, NC; Owner: HIGHLAND COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATES, LLC)
  • WCSK (90.3 FM; KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: KINGSPORT CITY SCHOOLS BD. OF EDUC .)
  • WKSF (99.9 FM; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WJDT (106.5 FM; ROGERSVILLE, TN; Owner: C & S BROADCASTING)
  • WAXM (93.5 FM; BIG STONE GAP, VA; Owner: VALLEY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • W285DG (104.9 FM; BOONE, NC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)

TV broadcast stations around Bethesda:

  • WCYB-TV (Channel 5; BRISTOL, VA; Owner: APPALACHIAN BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WASV-TV (Channel 62; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SOUTH CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WKPT-LP (Channel 25; KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: HOLSTON VALLEY BROADCASTING CORP.)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

2
  • Lisa M Minney, 3021 Springhill/Duplex Road (Lat: 35.745000 Lon: -86.864167), Type: 57.9, Overall height: 54.9 m
    Registrant: 7244162000, Regulatory.Department@crowncastle.Com, 2000 CORPORATE DRIVE
  • 3021 Springhill/Duplex Road (Lat: 35.745000 Lon: -86.864167), Type: 57.9, Overall height: 54.9 m
    Registrant: 7066459947, , 1233 O. G. SKINNER DRIVE

Bethesda on our top lists:

  • #15 on the list of "Top 100 least racially diverse cities (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #4 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 1990-1999 to 2000-2003 (pop. 50,000+)"
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