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Bethel, Alaska - Basic Facts

The City of Bethel had a population of 6,317 as of July 1, 2017. Bethel ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Alaska. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Bethel is located at latitude 60.793 and longitude -161.7935 in Bethel (CA) Borough. The formal boundaries for the City of Bethel (see map below) encompass a land area of 43.18 sq. miles and a water area of 5.52 sq. miles. Bethel (CA) Borough is in the Alaska time zone (GMT -9). The elevation is 3 feet.

The City of Bethel (GNIS ID: 2419362) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Bethel is located within the Lower Kuskokwim Census Subarea of Bethel (CA) Borough. Census subareas are statistical subdivisions of the county equivalents used in Alaska (boroughs, city and boroughs, municipalities, and census areas) and are the statistical equivalent of Micro Civil Divisions (MCDs) used in other states.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Bethel population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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, 2017)


Total Population 6,317
Daytime Population: Workers 1,995
Daytime Population: Residents 2,958
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 4,953
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.78
Population in Households 5,981
Population in Familes 4,745
Population in Group Qrtrs 336
Population Density2 146
Diversity Index3 60


Median Household Income $73,491
Average Household Income $100,510
Per Capita Income $33,048


Total Housing Units 2,433 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 849 (34.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,114 (45.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 470 (19.3%)
Median Home Value $241,627
Average Home Value $249,558


Total Households 1,963
Average Household Size 3.05
Family Households 1,278
Average Family Size 4
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.53% 0.5%
Households 0.48% 0.51%
Families 0.27% 0.37%
Median Household Income   1.05%
Per Capita Income   1.83%

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, 2017 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 # 19 95th
Population Density # 53 85th
Diversity Index # 65 82nd
Median Household Income # 49 86th
Per Capita Income # 78 78th

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