Bethel Park is a municipality located in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States. Bethel Park ages back to 1800 when it was first settled in, after which it was named as Bethel Township. On March 17th, 1949, Bethel Park was inaugurated into a borough and became a municipality in 1979.
Bethel Park occupies 11.7 square miles and is 1,197 feet above sea level. The municipality is located approximately 13 km (7 miles) southwest of Pittsburgh.
It lies between Waynesburg Hills Sections and the Pittsburgh Low Plateau. Rocky Ridge stands as the highest point in Bethel Park, the lowest being Alsip Run creeks and Piney Fork. Bethel Park is a dissected region characterized by the convergence of ephemeral
minor tributaries into principal streams.
The 2016 census shows that 31,911 lived in Bethel Park with 19,597 households.
Commercial and Entertainment
Convenience is a major strength of Bethel Park given the wide range of restaurants serving different cuisines. Some of them include Golden Wok Inn, Beach House Restaurant, YaYa’s Pizza, and Castle Tavern South. There are several markets to choose from like Ruthfred Market, Michael’s Store and Hillsborough Farmers Market. Bethel Park is a financial hub with a many financial institutions like Brentwood Bank, Dollar Bank, and First National Bank.
There are dozens of family-oriented recreational facilities and parks in Bethel Park. There’s the famous Montour Trail, an ideal site to go hiking. You can go to the South Hills Village, which is a humongous shopping mall with a myriad of activities. Lovers of the nightlife will find several nightclubs like Lemonheads and Steel City Gamerz.
Bethel Park is a Christian dominated area with multiple churches. The percentage of people who are religious is 60.58%, with a 57.9% Christian population. Some of the churches are South Hills Church of the Nazarene , Christ United Methodist Church, New Song Community Church and Bethel Church. There’s also a retreat center that organizes popular religious events.
Bethel Park has a great school district made up of five elementary schools, two middle schools, and Bethel Park High school. Elementary schools include Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Memorial Elementary School, William Penn Elementary, and George Washington Elementary School. Independent Middle School and Neil Armstrong Middle School are the two middle schools. The average tuition rate is $11,269 for elementary school and $10,952 for high school. Bethel Park School district is ranked 2nd in “Best School Districts for Athletes in Pittsburgh Metro,” and 3rd in “Safest School District in Pittsburgh Metro.”
Bethel Park has a record of $70,811 as the median household income and an income per capita of $35,064. The median listing price is $129 per square foot. Compared to Pittsburgh Metro, listed at $114, Bethel Park has a higher listing. This value is lower compared to the values of immediate surrounding neighborhoods including Upper St. Clair ($159), Mount Lebanon ($171), South Park ($170,500) and Castle Shannon ($134,100). There has been a general increase in the rate of home sales over the past year in Bethel Park. Foreclosures will be a major factor influencing the value of homes in Bethel Park. 0.8 homes per 10,000 are foreclosed, a value that is lower than the Pittsburgh Metro value of 0.9 and the national value of 1.6.