Bethany, Oregon

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Census designated place
Aerial view of Bethany and surrounding area
Aerial view of Bethany and surrounding area
Bethany is located in Oregon
Location within the state of Oregon
Bethany is located in the US
Bethany (the US)
Coordinates: 45°33′10″N 122°50′13″W / 45.55278°N 122.83694°W / 45.55278; -122.83694Coordinates: 45°33′10″N 122°50′13″W / 45.55278°N 122.83694°W / 45.55278; -122.83694
Country United States
State Oregon
County Washington
Elevation 300 ft (90 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 20,646
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 97006, 97229
Area code(s) 503, 971
GNIS feature ID 1136645[1]

Bethany is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Washington County, Oregon, United States. It is situated north of U.S. Route 26 near Beaverton, approximately four miles northwest of Cedar Mill, and is within the Portland metropolitan area. As of the 2010 Census, the community had 20,646 residents.[2] Fire protection and EMS services are provided through Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue.[3]


The name Bethany was first applied to a crossroads trading center about two miles northeast of the current location, where a Presbyterian church stands today.[4] The area was first settled by Ulrich Gerber, who came from Switzerland in the mid-1870s.[4] Gerber helped establish the first post office in the area in 1878, about a mile east of the current Bethany School, and suggested the name Bethany.[4] "Bethany" is a Hebrew word, originally applied to a place in Palestine near Jerusalem, and used as a place name all over the United States, especially in connection with a church.[4] The post office was discontinued in 1904.[4] The area's first public library was opened in July 2007 by a non-profit organization named the Cedar Mill Community Library Association, which has operated a library in nearby Cedar Mill since 1976. It is considered a branch of that library and is named the Cedar Mill Community Library @ Bethany.[5][6] The area became a census-designated place after the 2010 Census.[2]


Bethany is served by the Beaverton School District. Area students attend Bethany, Findley, Rock Creek, Jacob Wismer, Sarosh, Sato and Springville elementary schools, as well as Stoller Middle School; high schools include Westview High School and Sunset High School.

Marion County[edit]

Bethany is also the name of a community about two miles west of Silverton in Marion County at 45°0′45″N 122°49′0″W / 45.01250°N 122.81667°W / 45.01250; -122.81667 (Bethany, Marion County, Oregon).[4] It was named as early as 1851 when Bethany Christian Church was organized.[4] There is a Bethany School located there today, which currently serves as a charter school.[4][7]


  1. ^ "Bethany, Oregon". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ a b Tims, Dana (April 12, 2011). "Washington County's 2010 Census data include a few surprises". The Oregonian. Retrieved April 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ "About TVF&R". Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. pp. 76–77. ISBN 978-0875952772. 
  5. ^ "About Cedar Mill Community Library @ Bethany". Washington County Cooperative Library Services. Retrieved 2009-05-13. 
  6. ^ Tierney, Dana (2009-03-25). "More space will aid library patrons". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2009-05-13. 
  7. ^ "About Bethany Charter School". Archived from the original on 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2008-01-01. 

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