Bethel Island, California

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Coordinates: 38°00′54″N 121°38′26″W / 38.015°N 121.64056°W / 38.015; -121.64056

Bethel Island (formerly, Bethell) is a census-designated place (CDP) on Bethel Island in Contra Costa County, California, United States. The population was 2,312 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.1 square miles (13.3 km²), all of it land. It is located on an island of the same name 9 miles (14 km) east of Antioch.[1]


The first post office opened in 1897, and named for its first postmaster Franklin C. Bethell.[1] The post office closed in 1902.[1] The Bethel Island post office opened in 1947.[1]


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,312 people, 1,113 households, and 605 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 449.5 people per square mile (173.7/km²). There were 1,345 housing units at an average density of 261.5/sq mi (101.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 90.10% White, 1.43% Black or African American, 0.99% Native American, 0.95% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 2.90% from other races, and 3.55% from two or more races. 8.78% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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