Bethany, West Virginia

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Bethany is a town in Brooke County, West Virginia, United States. It is part of the WeirtonSteubenville, WV-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 985 at the 2000 census. The Town of Bethany is home to Bethany College.



Bethany is located at 40°12′23″N 80°33′35″W / 40.20639°N 80.55972°W / 40.20639; -80.55972 (40.206423, -80.559621)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.9 km² (0.7 mi²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 985 people, 190 households, and 99 families residing in the town. The population density was 528.2/km² (1,374.4/mi²). There were 212 housing units at an average density of 113.7/km² (295.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.42% White, 3.25% African American, 0.91% Asian, 0.61% Pacific Islander, and 0.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.71% of the population.

There were 190 households out of which 18.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% were married couples living together, 5.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.4% were non-families. 40.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.11 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the town the population was spread out with 7.9% under the age of 18, 64.0% from 18 to 24, 10.4% from 25 to 44, 11.4% from 45 to 64, and 6.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 21 years. For every 100 females there were 107.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 109.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $36,375, and the median income for a family was $61,250. Males had a median income of $36,786 versus $23,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $10,769. About 3.9% of families and 11.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.4% of those under age 18 and 3.4% of those age 65 or over.

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