Land area: 85.4 sq. mi. Water area: 4.6 sq.mi. Founded: 1809 Population in 2010: 4,255 Population density: 50 people per square mile. County seat: Monticello. Colleges and Universities: Orange County Community College, Ulster County Community College, State University of New York at New Paltz, SUNY College of Technology at Delhi, Sussex County Community College, Mount Saint Mary College, Marywood University
Bethel is a town in Sullivan County, New York, USA. The population was estimated at 4,255 in 2010.The town received worldwide fame after it became the host of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, which was originally planned for Wallkill, NY, but was relocated to Bethel after Wallkill withdrew.The first settlers arrived around 1795 near the present communities of Bethel and White Lake. The Town of Bethel was established in 1809 from the Town of Lumberland.By the middle of the 19th century, a tourist industry began to grow. Bethel was home to numerous hotels that were part of the "Borscht Belt" and numerous sleepaway camps for most of the 20th century, including Camp Ma-Ho-Ge, Camp Chipinaw, and Camp Ranger – all on Silver Lake. The Town of Bethel was brought to the world's attention in 1969 when nearly 500,000 people gathered at Max Yasgur's Farm for "Three Days of Peace and Music". The documentary made about Woodstock released in 1970 showed interviews with numerous Bethel residents, including Art Vassmer, co-owner of Vassmers General Store in Kauneonga Lake. A movie called Taking Woodstock was released in August 2009 based on the book of the same title by Elliot Tiber, whose parents owned the nearby El Monaco Motel in White Lake and played a pivotal role in bringing the Woodstock nation to Bethel.
There are n/a airports and n/a Amtrak train stations within 30 miles of the Bethel. The average travel time to work in Bethel is 100% lower than the national average. The number of people who take public transportation in Bethel is 100% lower than the national average. The number of people who carpool to work in Bethel is 100% lower than the national average. The number of people who work from home in Bethel is 100% lower than the national average.
90.35% Caucasian 4.61% African American 0.18% Native American 0.50% Asian 0.16% Pacific Islander 2.80% from other races 1.40% from two or more races 11.28% Latin American or Latino of any race.
Median resident age: 46.3 years New York median age: 40.7 years
Average household size:
Bethel: 2.4 people New York: 2.6 people
Estimated median household income in 2013:
Bethel: $46,537 (it was $36,017 in 2000) New York: $57,369
Estimated median house or condo value in 2013:
Bethel: $169,706 (it was $91,700 in 2000) New York: $277,600 Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $222,774; Detached houses: $233,206; Townhouses or other attached units: $431,010; In 2-unit structures: $247,469; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $363,737; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $131,549; Mobile homes: $71,317
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here: 5.3% New York: 4.8%
The overall crime rate in Bethel is 25% lower than the national average. For every 100,000 people, there are 6.12 daily crimes that occur in Bethel. Bethel is safer than 52% of the cities in the United States. In Bethel you have a 1 in 45 chance of becoming a victim of any crime. The number of total year over year crimes in Bethel has decreased by 10%.