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Bethany, West Virginia
Location of Bethany in Brooke County, West Virginia.
Location of Bethany in Brooke County, West Virginia.
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Brooke
Area
 • Total 0.73 sq mi (1.90 km2)
 • Land 0.73 sq mi (1.90 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation
846 ft (258 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,036
 • Estimate 
(2019)
802
 • Density 1,094.13/sq mi (422.67/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
26032
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-06844
GNIS feature ID 1553875

Bethany is a town in Brooke County, West Virginia, United States. It is part of the Weirton-Steubenville, WV–OH Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,036 at the 2010 census. The town of Bethany is home to Bethany College.

History

The town most likely was named after Bethany, a biblical place.

The Bethany Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Located within the district are the separately listed Alexander Campbell Mansion, Delta Tau Delta Founders House, Old Bethany Church, Old Main, and Pendleton Heights.

Geography

Bethany is located at 40°12′23″N 80°33′35″W / 40.20639°N 80.55972°W / 40.20639; -80.55972 (40.206423, -80.559621).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.73 square miles (1.89 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 335
1900 245
1910 433 76.7%
1920 400 −7.6%
1930 439 9.8%
1940 410 −6.6%
1950 1,063 159.3%
1960 992 −6.7%
1970 1,360 37.1%
1980 1,336 −1.8%
1990 1,139 −14.7%
2000 985 −13.5%
2010 1,036 5.2%
2019 (est.) 802 −22.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 1,036 people, 174 households, and 94 families living in the town. The population density was 1,419.2 inhabitants per square mile (548.0/km2). There were 190 housing units at an average density of 260.3 per square mile (100.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 88.9% White, 7.3% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.5%.

Of the 174 households 14.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.1% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 0.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 46.0% were non-families. 42.0% of households were one person and 13.2% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 1.93 and the average family size was 2.64.

The median age in the town was 21.3 years. 4.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 68.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 9.2% were from 25 to 44; 10% were from 45 to 64; and 8% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the town was 51.8% male and 48.2% female.

Trivia

  • Alexander Campbell was an early leader of the Restoration Movement in Bethany. He also founded Bethany College (West Virginia) in Bethany, WV in 1840.

Notable person

  • Alexander Campbell was an early leader of the Restoration Movement in Bethany and founded Bethany College in Bethany in 1840.
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