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Bethesda, Ohio
Municipal Building and Town Clock
Municipal Building and Town Clock
Location of Bethesda, Ohio
Location of Bethesda, Ohio
Location of Bethesda in Belmont County
Location of Bethesda in Belmont County
Country United States
State Ohio
County Belmont
Township Goshen
Established 1910
 • Total 0.64 sq mi (1.67 km2)
 • Land 0.62 sq mi (1.62 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
1,220 ft (372 m)
 • Total 1,256
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,942.31/sq mi (750.07/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 740
FIPS code 39-06138
GNIS feature ID 1064431

Bethesda is a village in Belmont County, Ohio, United States. It is part of the Wheeling, West Virginia Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,256 at the 2010 census.


Bethesda is located at 40°00′58″N 81°04′22″W / 40.016200°N 81.072753°W / 40.016200; -81.072753.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.64 square miles (1.66 km2), of which 0.62 square miles (1.61 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 1,182
1930 1,159 −1.9%
1940 1,127 −2.8%
1950 1,158 2.8%
1960 1,178 1.7%
1970 1,157 −1.8%
1980 1,429 23.5%
1990 1,161 −18.8%
2000 1,413 21.7%
2010 1,256 −11.1%
2019 (est.) 1,212 −3.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,256 people, 549 households, and 358 families living in the village. The population density was 2,025.8 inhabitants per square mile (782.2/km2). There were 667 housing units at an average density of 1,075.8 per square mile (415.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.6% White, 0.3% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, and 2.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.2% of the population.

There were 549 households, of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.8% were married couples living together, 16.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.8% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.80.

The median age in the village was 39.6 years. 24% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.5% were from 25 to 44; 29.8% were from 45 to 64, and 13.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 46.6% male and 53.4% female.


Bethesda has had three names: Burrs Mills, Fairmount, and Bethesda. When the railroad reached the village in 1852, the Central Ohio Railroad built a station and named it Burr’s Mills in honor of Merrick S. Burr,who operated a sawmill in the area. In 1855, Burr laid out a village which he called Fairmount because of its high and beautiful location.Prior to that time, there was a store, the Bethesda Methodist Church and a post office, all located about 2 miles south of the current town on what now CR 26, and the post office was named after the church. The store proprietor was the postmaster and when he moved his store to the town, the post office also was relocated but retained its name. As a result, the town was called Fairmount while the railroad station was Burr’s Mills and the post office was Bethesda. In the late 1800s the name of Bethesda was finally chosen for the town. Bethesda was incorporated as a village in 1910.


Bethesda has a public library, a branch of the Belmont County District Library.

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