Bethel Township, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania

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Bethel Township,
Lebanon County,
Map of Lebanon County, Pennsylvania highlighting Bethel Township
Map of Lebanon County, Pennsylvania highlighting Bethel Township
Map of Lebanon County, Pennsylvania
Map of Lebanon County, Pennsylvania
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Lebanon
Settled 1737
Incorporated 1793
 • Total 34.8 sq mi (90 km2)
 • Land 34.7 sq mi (90 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 5,007
 • Density 130.3/sq mi (50.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 717
Historical population
Census Pop.
2000 4,526
2010 5,007 10.6%

Bethel Township is a township in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of the Lebanon, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 5,007 at the 2010 census.[1] Fredericksburg is a census-designated place within the township.


The township was named after the biblical place of Bethel.[2]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 34.8 square miles (90 km2), of which, 34.7 square miles (90 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (0.09%) is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there are 4,526 people, 1,608 households, and 1,252 families residing in the township. The population density is 130.3 people per square mile (50.3/km²). There are 1,710 housing units at an average density of 49.2/sq mi (19.0/km²). The racial makeup of the township is 98.14% White, 0.27% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.77% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. 1.55% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 1,608 households, out of which 35.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.2% are married couples living together, 7.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 22.1% are non-families. 17.8% of all households are made up of individuals, and 7.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.81 and the average family size is 3.19.

In the township the population is spread out, with 27.9% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 103.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 102.5 males.

The median income for a household in the township is $41,790, and the median income for a family is $47,415. Males have a median income of $31,278 versus $26,411 for females. The per capita income for the township is $17,093. 8.1% of the population and 6.1% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 12.9% of those under the age of 18 and 13.7% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.


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  2. ^ "Early history". Reading Eagle. Jun 9, 1896. p. 25. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 40°30′01″N 76°30′00″W / 40.50028°N 76.50000°W / 40.50028; -76.50000