Bethel Acres, Oklahoma

Coordinates: 35°18′17″N 97°02′13″W / 35.30472°N 97.03694°W / 35.30472; -97.03694
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Bethel Acres, Oklahoma
Bethel Acres Community Building
Bethel Acres Community Building
Location of Bethel Acres, Oklahoma
Location of Bethel Acres, Oklahoma
Coordinates: 35°18′17″N 97°02′13″W / 35.30472°N 97.03694°W / 35.30472; -97.03694
CountryUnited States
 • Total28.28 sq mi (73.24 km2)
 • Land28.27 sq mi (73.22 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation1,139 ft (347 m)
 • Total3,029
 • Density107.15/sq mi (41.37/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
FIPS code40-05800[3]
GNIS feature ID2411683[2]

Bethel Acres is a town in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 2,895 at the time of the 2010 census, an increase of 5.9 percent from the figure of 2,735 in 2000.[4] It is primarily a bedroom community for people who work in the three nearby larger cities of Shawnee, Tecumseh and Oklahoma City.


The area comprising the present Bethel Acres was opened to non-Indian settlement September 22, 1891. The people who settled here established the Bethel school district. Bethel Acres was not incorporated until April 24, 1962, when the residents feared annexation by Shawnee, Tecumseh or Oklahoma City. They wanted to protect their rural lifestyle, especially to be free to keep livestock on their property.[5]

In 1970, Bethel Acres had 1,083 residents. The number jumped to 2,314 in 1980 and has continued to increase through the 2010 census. Over 97 percent of the employed residents commute to work in Oklahoma City, Shawnee and Tecumseh.[5]

On May 19, 2013, an EF4 tornado tore through Northwest Bethel Acres, and a mobile home park sustained a direct hit from this tornado, killing one person and injuring six others, two critically. This was part of the tornado outbreak of May 18–21, 2013.


Bethel Acres is 4 miles (6.4 km) west of Shawnee.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 28.2 square miles (73 km2), of which 28.2 square miles (73 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.07%) is water.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,735 people, 985 households, and 816 families residing in the town. The population density was 96.9 inhabitants per square mile (37.4/km2). There were 1,104 housing units at an average density of 39.1 per square mile (15.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 88.56% White, 0.51% African American, 5.92% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.44% from other races, and 4.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.32% of the population.

There were 985 households, out of which 37.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.9% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.1% were non-families. 15.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 27.7% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $43,961, and the median income for a family was $45,000. Males had a median income of $37,390 versus $24,185 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,826. About 5.3% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.1% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.


Four schools make up Bethel Public Schools, including an upper elementary, lower elementary, middle school and Bethel High School. Tod Harrison is the superintendent.[7]

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  1. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 20, 2022.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Bethel Acres, Oklahoma
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ CensusViewer:Population of the City of Bethel Acres, Oklahoma
  5. ^ a b c d Linda D. Wilson, "Bethel Acres," Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. Accessed May 23, 2015
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "Bethel Public Schools". Bethel Public Schools. Archived from the original on February 28, 2012. Retrieved March 6, 2012.

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