Once a timber reserve for Fort Reno near what later became El Reno, Bethany began as a town in the early 1900's when an orphanage, Beulah Heights College and Bible School (later Southern Nazarene University) and a rescue home relocated to the area west of Oklahoma City. Incorporated as a town in 1910, the metro community of Bethany gets its name from the biblical village.
Originally, the city of Bethany comprised about 160 acres, but it has grown to just over 5 square miles. The community boasts of being the home of astronaut Shannon Lucid and baseball Star Allie Reynolds as well as their commitment to "religious and moral ideals." The Children's Center in Bethany is a renowned non-profit pediatric hospital serving children with complex medical and physical disabilities.
Bethany is located west of Oklahoma City, north of I-40 and south of NW Expressway. Major north/south streets in Bethany include Council Rd., Rockwell Ave. and MacArthur Blvd. and the city stretches south to near Reno Ave. and north to NW 50th.
The population of Bethany is just under 20,000, about 86 percent of which are Caucasian, according to the 2000 census. Just over 4 percent of the population is African American, and nearly 6 percent is Hispanic/Latino. Median household income as of 2007 was over $41,000, very nearly equal to the state average, and the median home value is $109,601, above the state average.
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