Bethania, NC

Bethania, situated in Forsyth County, is a small town made up of less than 1 square mile...

2018 Best Guide to Bethania, NC

May 20, 2018

The Town of Bethania is the oldest municipality in Forsyth County, and was originally established in 1759. The town was officially incorporated in 1995 with the reactivation of the 1838/1839 town charter.

Bethania is home to the last remaining active Moravian village in the South, and its the only existing Germanic-type village in the southern United States. Bethania, founded by Moravian Brethren of Wachovia in 1759, is the German way of saying "Bethany". Bethany was the name of a village close to Jerusalem in the New Testament, and was home to Mary, Martha, Lazarus, and Simon the Leper.

The town opened a visitor center and museum in 2007, and was built to promote cultural resource preservation and education to the community. The center includes a restored Moravian home called the Wolff-Moser House. The house, which dates back to 1792, is one of the oldest known still standing Moravian homes in North America.


The median resident age in Bethania is 55 years. The median estimated household income is about $56,000 making it about $11,000 more than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $35,000. The average price for a home in Bethania is about $200,000 (2013) which is $45,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $880 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Bethania is 86% White, 8% Black, 4% Hispanic, and 2% Two or more races. 97% of the population are high school graduates, with 23% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 60% are married, 8% are divorced, 4% are widowed, leaving 28% that have never been married.

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Forsyth County

Bethania belongs to Forsyth County in the central part of North Carolina. The County, named after Colonel Benjamin Forsyth, is part of the Winston-Salem, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Forsyth County has a population of 365,000 and its largest city Winston-Salem, with a population of 241,000, is the county seat.

Some of Forsyth County is a part of the Yadkin Valley wine region. The county is the fourth largest county in North Carolina. The county was founded in 1849.

Forsyth County borders Surry, Yadkin, Davie, Davidson, Guilford, Rockingham, and Stokes Counties.

Forsyth County is made up of 413 square miles. 408 of which is land with the remaining 5 as water.


The Population of Bethania, NC is about 330.


The elevation of Bethania, NC is 850 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Bethania, NC is 27010.

Area Code

The area code for Bethania, NC is 336.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Bethania and Forsyth County have voted mostly Republican, but as of 2008 they have voted democrat. With 53% going to Barack Obama during the 2012 Presidential Election.

As of 2010, 46% of the population are religiously unaffiliated (Nones). About 48% are protestants, Catholics make up around 4%, and 2% other.


The unemployment rate for Bethania is about 5% (2015), making it the same as the state average of around 5%. Retail, transportation, and construction make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Winston-Salem Journal, The Stokes News, Kernersville News, and Pilot Mountain News are the primary newspapers that cover the Forsyth County area.