Historic New England Charm
The birthplace of P.T. Barnum, Bethel is known for its charm and small town feel and is centrally located in northern Fairfield County - only 56 miles from New York City and 46 miles from Hartford, CT. Neighboring towns include Redding, Danbury, Brookfield and Newtown offering easy accessibility to I-84 as well routes 6, 53, and 58, making Bethel an ideal location for commuters. Bethel is also home to a Metro North Line train station and has direct access to Housatonic Area Regional Transit (HART) bus service. Local employers include Duracell Inc., Target Corporation, Berkshire Industrial Group, Eaton Corporation and Danbury Hospital.
Bethel’s historic Downtown and the Route 6 corridor offer a variety of shopping and entertainment options ranging from small boutiques, eateries, antique shops, movie theaters and large nationally recognized retailers. In addition, Bethel boasts six town parks, two state parks and numerous open space areas for outdoor recreation such as biking, hiking, fishing, camping and picnicking. The town also has active teen and senior centers, many civic organizations and hosts a multitude of cultural and community events throughout the year.
The Bethel public school system consists of five schools: F.A. Berry (K-3), A.H. Rockwell (K-3), R.M.T. Johnson (4-5), Bethel Middle School (6-8) and Bethel High School (9-12). Both Bethel's public and parochial schools have received state and national recognition for their achievements in education and the arts. In addition, there are over 40 colleges and universities within a 50 mile range of Bethel and more than half of the population hold degrees of higher education.