Bethel, Ohio

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Bethel is a village in Clermont County, Ohio, United States. The population was 2,637 at the 2000 census.

Bethel was founded in 1798 by Obed Denham, in what was then the Northwest Territory.

The village has been dry since the repeal of Prohibition. But recently through use of the single precinct vote system, precincts A and C can now sell (but not serve) alcohol. Business must first be put onto the ballot and voted into permitation.

Bethel is the home of the first movie theater in Ohio which was founded in 1908.

It is home to the StarLite Drive-In, one of the few remaining drive-in theatres in the United States.



Bethel is located at 38°57′47″N 84°4′54″W / 38.96306°N 84.08167°W / 38.96306; -84.08167 (38.963171, -84.081787)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.5 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,637 people, 1,012 households, and 682 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,969.2 people per square mile (759.8/km²). There were 1,099 housing units at an average density of 820.7/sq mi (316.7/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.29% White, 0.11% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.19% Asian, and 1.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.72% of the population.

There were 1,012 households out of which 40.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.5% were married couples living together, 15.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.22.

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