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Bethel, Alaska - Basic Facts

Bethel is the common name for the community and surrounding area while the formal official name is the City of Bethel.

It is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Bethel (CA) Borough at latitude 60.7922 and longitude -161.7558. Bethel (CA) Borough is in the Alaska time zone (GMT -9). The elevation is 3 feet.

The formal boundaries for the City of Bethel (see map) encompass a land area of 43.18 sq. miles and a water area of 5.52 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Bethel: Mamterilleq, Mamtrelich, Mumtreekhlagamute, Mumtrekhlagamute, Mumtrekkhlogamute, Mumtrelega, Mumtrelegamut, Uuyarmiut.

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Bethel, AK Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 6,229
Population in Households 5,882
Population in Familes 4,692
Population in Group Qrtrs 347
Population Density1 144
Diversity Index2 56


Total Households 1,942
Average Household Size 3.03
Family Households 1,267
Average Family Size 4


Total Housing Units 2,416 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 846 (35.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,096 (45.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 474 (19.6%)
Median Home Value $274,675
Average Home Value $319,415


Median Household Income $87,053
Average Household Income $95,110
Per Capita Income $30,268
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.57% 0.75%
Households 0.57% 0.88%
Families 0.26% 0.69%
Median Household Income   1.66%
Per Capita Income   2.15%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Bethel, AK - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Bethel to the other 354 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alaska by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 20 95th
Population Density1 # 54 85th
Diversity Index2 # 82 77th
Median Household Income # 16 96th
Per Capita Income # 92 74th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Alaska Census Data Comparison Tool.