The small New England town of Bethel, formed in 1855, is located in northern Fairfield County. Bethel is located 60 miles northeast of New York City and fifty miles southwest of Hartford and is accessed by state routes 6, 53, and 58 and Interstate 84.  Bethel borders Redding, Danbury, Brookfield, and Newtown.

Bethel is a town of nearly 19,000 people over 17 square miles.  It is served by a full-time police force, two volunteer fire departments, and the David W. Deakin Educational Park, which contains five schools from grades K-12 and sports fields on one campus.


With a genuine small-town feel, affordable real estate and an excellent school system, Bethel is a perfect place to live and raise a family. Bethel has the classic beauty and charm of old New England, but at the same time is a thoroughly modern town with lots of attractions and activities.

Award-Winning Schools

Bethel’s educational complex is one of the most unique in the state, with all school buildings and athletic fields conveniently located in a large central campus near the center of town. Our elementary, middle, and high schools have earned awards for educational excellence. Our local private elementary school, St. Mary’s, has received national Blue Ribbon status.

Community Events

Bethel is host to a wide variety of community events, from bike races to 5K events, cultural events, farmers market’s, Food Truck Friday’s, Sunday Night Summer Concert Series, Parades, BeerFest, SummerFest, Trick or Treat St, WinterFest, Taste of Bethel and Best of Bethel Awards, Musicals, Shows, St. Mary’s Carnival, sidewalk sales and many more.

There is always something to do in Bethel! These events help bring people together and promote our fantastic local businesses.

Community Resources

The Bethel Library is a real gem right in the heart of our downtown, offering a wide variety of programs for children and adults. Bethel’s outstanding Parks and Recreation Department has more than 70 programs to keep families busy – and the town has one of the most active Senior Centers in the area.

Recreation and Nature

Just outside of Downtown Bethel there is a multitude of great hiking trails like Wolf Pits Preserve, the Enchanted Trail Boardwalk, and Huntington State Park. When you have had your fill of hiking, Blue Jay Orchards is a perfect place to enjoy nature or pick fresh apples. Bethel is also known as a mecca for cyclists. Visit the Historical Museum, or take a walking tour of Historic Bethel.

Affordable Real Estate

Bethel has witnessed swift growth over the past decade, yet has maintained its small-town New England atmosphere. The Bethel real estate market is reflective of the town’s small-town charm and robust commerce. With a wide variety of homes for sale at all price points and rentals as well, Bethel offers an accessible real estate mix.

Unique and Abundant Shopping

From restaurants to retail, local business thrives in Bethel. The community is passionate about supporting the wide variety of award-winning local shops and restaurants. Bethel’s historic downtown has a walkable shopping district with retail shops and eateries, in addition to the robust Route 6 business corridor.

Convenient Location

Bethel is conveniently located near Interstate 84 and is serviced by Metro-North with a train station right in town. It makes for an easy commute to lower Fairfield County, Westchester, and New York City.


Total Population 19,802
Population in Households N/A
Population in Families N/A
Population in Group Qrtrs N/A
Population Density2 N/A
Diversity Index3 N/A
Median Household Income $77,044
Average Household Income $101,146
Per Capita Income $40,517
Total Housing Units 4,282 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,514 (58.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,563 (36.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 205 ( 4.8%)
Median Home Value $310,985
Average Home Value $317,827
Total Households 4,077
Average Household Size 2.49
Family Households 2,588
Average Family Size 3
  1. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area’s entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area’s diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


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