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Census Data for Bethel ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gave Bethel a population of 1,961 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Bethel a population of 2,030 people.

The community of Bethel is located in Windsor County. The 2010 Census gave Windsor County a population of 56,670 people. This means that Bethel had 3.58% of the county's total population, making it Windsor's 10th most populous community.

At the same time, Vermont had a population of 625,741 people, meaning that Bethel had 0.32% of the total population of Vermont - making it the state's 87th most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a community like Bethel, they draw a boundary around the area in which they are going to conduct their count - this defines the sampling area (usually shaped as a polygon). The shape of the sampling area can be quite complex and it's important to keep in mind that the boundaries of the sampling area may or may not match the recognized boundaries of the community.

Things like the population, area and housing for Bethel reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Bethel might be different, it's best to check with the U.S. Census Bureau to resolve any difference between the two.

The 2010 Census shows that the sampling area for Bethel has a total area of 45.44 square miles [117.7 km²]. Of this total, a small amount of the area is covered by water (0.26 square miles [0.7 km²]).

Windsor County has a land area of 969 square miles [2,510.6 km²]. At 45.18 square miles [117 km²], Bethel has 4.66% of the county's total land area.

Not only does the sampling area define boundaries, it also has a GPS location (latitude & longitude) that indicates a point within the sampling area (usually the center of the polygon, known as the centroid). At the time of the 2010 Census, the sampling area was located at:

Lat:   43° 51' 51"   (or 43.86°)             [Map]

Lon:   -72° 41' 42"   (or -72.7°)

More information on this topic and the changes between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census can be found in the section for our Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Population Density ...

Using the population (2,030 people) and land area (45.18 square miles [117 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Bethel had a population density of 44.67 people per square mile [17.25 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Bethel had a population of 1,968 people and a land area of 45.3 square miles [117.3 km²]. This gives a population density of 43.31 people per square mile [16.72 people/km²]

NOTE: Be aware that when comparing population density between the 2000 and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Bethel. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to an apple-to-oranges comparison. More information about the nature of these changes can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Bethel had 1,043 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 2,030 people, this averages 1.95 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Bethel had a land area of 45.18 square miles [117 km²]. This translates to 22.95 Housing Units per square mile [8.86 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Bethel had 956 Housing Units, a population of 1,968 people and a land area of 45.3 square miles [117.3 km²]. This gives a density of 2.06 people per Housing Unit and 21.04 Housing Units per square mile [8.12 housing units/km²].

NOTE: Repeating the caution above (under Population Density), be aware that when comparing Housing Units between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Bethel and you need to be careful when comparing results between the censuses. More information about the nature of these the changes can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Windsor County ...

The community of Bethel is located in Windsor County.

The county had a population of 56,670 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 2,030 people, Bethel represented 3.58% of the county's total.

In addition, where the community of Bethel has a population density of 44.67 people per square mile [17.25 people/km²], Windsor County averages 58.5 people per square mile [22.57 people/km²].

For more information, please visit our Census Page for Windsor County.

Population Rings for Bethel ...

To help identify the number of people who live in Bethel and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Bethel. We counted the number of communities within each ring and summed their populations.<4>

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]11,961-3.4%
10 mi   [16 km]915,286-1.25%
15 mi   [24 km]2025,624-0.8%
20 mi   [32 km]3457,835-1.58%
25 mi   [40 km]59159,612-1.63%
30 mi   [48 km]87213,981-1.68%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Bethel, they start by specifying the boundaries of the area to be counted. This area (or sampling area) is a polygon and its shape can be quite complex - it may or may not match the geographical boundaries of Bethel. It's important to note that from one Census to the next, the shape and location of the polygon can change. If you need precision or details about the methodology of the Census, you should visit the U.S. Census Bureau for a definitive answer.

Area ...

There is only a very minor difference in the sampling area given between the 2010 Census and the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Bethel was 45.44 square miles [117.7 km²]. Of this total, 45.18 square miles [117 km²] is land, with the balance (0.58%) being water (0.26 square miles [0.7 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 45.44 square miles [117.7 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

Location ...

While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Bethel, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Bethel.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   43.864172°   (or 43°51'51" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -72.695102°   (or -72°41'42" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   43.844422°   (or 43°50'39" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -72.646140°   (or -72°38'46" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 2 miles to the northwest<5> of the location that was used in the 2000 Census.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) have assigned a unique GNIS identifier (#1462043) to Bethel. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Bethel. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   43.847566°   (or 43°50'51" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -72.670658°   (or -72°40'14" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 8,828 feet to the northwest<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Bethel. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Bethel.

Miscellaneous Information for Bethel ...

The Federal government has assigned various identifying codes to each community, county and state. At one time or another, the US Census Bureau has used one (or more) of the following identifiers when referring to either Windsor County or the community of Bethel:

The GNIS Codes ...

The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Bethel:

GNIS ID for Bethel: 1462043

GNIS ID for Windsor County: 1461770

GNIS ID for Vermont: 1779802

The FIPS Codes ...

An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):

State Code: 50 (Vermont)

County Code: 027 (Windsor County)

Place Code: 05800 (Bethel)

State & County Code: 50/027 (Vermont / Windsor County)

State & Place Code: 50/05800 (Vermont / Bethel)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Bethel is located in Census Region #1 (the Northeast Region) and Division #1 (the New England Division).

For more information about the various Federal identification codes, please visit our Misc Page for Bethel.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Bethel. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Vermont:

The official website of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN)

The official website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Footnotes ...

<1>Every year, the US Census Bureau creates a population estimate for the preceeding year. Keep in mind that this value is an estimate and not an actual count. The most recent Census estimate is for the year 2017.

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<2>Every 10 years (eg- 1990, 2000, 2010), the US Census Bureau conducts a Constitutionally-mandated count (or enumeration) of people living within the United States. This count is called a Decennial Census. The last Decennial Census was the 2010 Census, with the next one planned for 2020.

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<3>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<4>The communities in our count are those provided by the 2010 Census, so keep in mind that our population rings will only include the people living in those communities. Smaller communities usually don't participate directly in the Census and therefore they won't be included. While our count is a close approximation, it shouldn't be considered as a complete or accurate count.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2010 Census location is 60 degrees and a distance of 2 miles.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 46 degrees and a distance of 8,828 feet.

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