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Bethel, Alaska - Basic Facts

The City of Bethel had a population of 6,479 as of July 1, 2023. Bethel ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density 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 60.7922 and longitude -161.7558 in Bethel (CA) Borough. The formal boundaries for the City of Bethel 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 City of Bethel 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.

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Bethel, AK Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2023)


Total Population 6,479 (100%)
Population in Households 6,119 (94.4%)
Population in Families 4,809 (74.2%)
Population in Group Quarters1 360 ( 5.6%)
Population Density 146
Diversity Index2 54


Median Household Income $105,471
Average Household Income $139,151
% of Income for Mortgage4 20%
Per Capita Income $41,384
Wealth Index5 109
Socioeconomic Status Index6 Low (42.1)


Total HU (Housing Units) 2,193 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 764 (34.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,159 (52.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 270 (12.3%)
Median Home Value $351,724
Average Home Value $372,808
Housing Affordability Index3 133


Total Households 1,923
Average Household Size 3.18
Family Households 1,202
Average Family Size 4.00
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.
  6. The Socioeconomic Index ranges from zero (lowest relative status) to 100 (highest relative status). This measure quantifies disparities in social position of an area's inhabitants and is built from a broad range of demographic, housing, and socioeconomic inputs. More information on this measure can be found in Esri's SEI tutorial.


2020-2023 2023-2028
Population 0.74% 0.04%
Households 0.18% 0.25%
Families   0.12%
Median Household Income   1.41%
Per Capita Income   2.77%
Owner Occupied HU   0.90%

Bethel, AK - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Bethel to the other 353 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alaska by rank and percentile using July 1, 2023 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 # 15 96th
Population Density # 62 83rd
Median Household Income # 6 99th
Housing Affordability Index # 282 80th
Per Capita Income # 74 79th
Diversity Index # 97 73rd

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