Bethel is an outstanding community. In 2003, 2008, and 2017 Money Magazine named it one of the best cities in which to live. Only 45 minutes from downtown Stamford and less than two hours from New York City. Outstanding schools, parks, recreation departments, restaurants, and a main street filled with small businesses. By Money Magazine, Bethel ranked 32 out of 600 towns and cities in Connecticut as one of the best places to live in the U.S.