|Motto: "In God We Trust"|
|• Total||5.2 sq mi (13.5 km2)|
|• Land||5.2 sq mi (13.5 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,309 ft (399 m)|
|• Density||3,896.7/sq mi (1,504.5/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||1090023|
Bethany is located at .(35.504607, -97.638818)
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.2 square miles (13 km2), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 20,307 people, 8,161 households, and 5,280 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,896.7 people per square mile (1,504.9/km²). There were 8,874 housing units at an average density of 1,702.8 per square mile (657.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 85.79% White, 4.36% African American, 2.87% Native American, 1.38% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.18% from other races, and 3.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.80% of the population.
There were 8,161 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.3% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.91.
In the city the population was spread out with 23.0% under the age of 18, 12.9% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 16.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 89.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $35,073, and the median income for a family was $43,905. Males had a median income of $30,180 versus $24,747 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,793. About 6.9% of families and 9.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.7% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.
The city operates using a council-manager government system. The city council comprises two members elected from each of the four wards. The city manager, city attorney, and municipal judge are appointed by the council. The mayor is elected at large.
Mayor Bryan Taylor, at 28 years of age, became the youngest person to serve as mayor of Bethany.
Bethany School District provides educational needs to citizens within its district borders. School for Children on the campus of Calvary Church of the Nazarene, about 1 mile south of Southern Nazarene University, as well as Bethany Earl Harris Elementary are the chief educational providers for elementary-aged students. Primary school goes from pre-K - 5th grade. Bethany Middle School and Western Oaks Junior High School respond to those in 6th to 8th grade. Bethany High School, home of the Bronchos (sic), is the school for grades 9–12. Southern Nazarene University is located near the highschool and is a private college in Bethany. Bethany has one other, smaller college: Southwestern Christian University. Southern Nazarene University (SNU) is a four-year, private, Christian, liberal arts university. SNU offers adult degree completion and many masters programs including an MBA with evening classes. Southwestern Christian University is a Holiness–Pentecostal university specializing in Bible and Christian ministries. SWCU offers adult degree completion and master programs.
The superintendent for Bethany Public Schools is Kent Shellenberger.
The website for Bethany Public Schools is http://bethanyschools.com/.
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