Bethel, Alaska

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Bethel, Alaska

Introduction to Bethel, Alaska

Bethel, Alaska, in Bethel county, is 438 miles W of Anchorage, Alaska. There are 5,471 residents in the city.

Bethel History

Bethel was originally a Yup’ik village called Mumtrekhlogamute. It meant 'smokehouse people' and was named after a nearby fish smokehouse. During the late 1800's, the city was a trading post for the Alaska Commercial Company. Under Rev. John Henry Kilbuck, the Moravian Church established a mission in the area in 1885. In 1905, a United States post office was opened in the City of Bethel.

Bethel and nearby Attractions

  • Kuskokwim Consortium Library
  • Arthur Dall Lake
  • Hangar Lake
  • Yup'iit Piciryarait Cultural Center
  • Pinky's Park

Things To Do In Bethel

The city of Bethel is near the Yup'iit Piciryarait Cultural Center which preserves and celebrates the Yup'ik culture. This cultural center has an auditorium and a library. While in the city, one can also visit the Kuskokwim Consortium Library. Pinky's Park has a baseball field, boardwalk, playground, and basketball court. You can also visit Arthur Dall Lake and Hangar Lake.

Bethel Transportation

The Bethel Airport provides opportunities for air transportation.

Bethel Higher Education

Higher educational facilities are available from the University of Alaska Anchorage, Hawaii Pacific University, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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High Points

Bethel strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Alaska):

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
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Top 1% trophy Bethel Short Commute Times
Walking and Biking to Work
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Top 2% trophy Bethel Walking and Biking to Work
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Bethel Public Transportation Use
Well-Paid Single Men
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Top 11% Bethel Well-Paid Single Men
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 13% Bethel College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 16% Bethel Well-Paid Single Women
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 16% Bethel Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Bethel, Alaska

Comparing Bethel to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Alaska (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 9
Male Share of the Population 10 5
Well-Paid Single Men 9 9
Well-Paid Single Women 7 9
Racial Diversity 3 7
Age of the Population 1 5
Female Share of the Population 1 6
Senior Citizens 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 10 6
Portion of People Married 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 8 9
College Educated Adults 6 9
People in Middle Class or Better 6 8
People Above Poverty 5 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 10 4
Walking and Biking to Work 10 9
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Working at Home 7 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 5
Housing Recently Built 10 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 3
People Living Alone 4 6
Affordability of Rents 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 5 6
Low Violent Crime 1 2

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Bethel Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 438 miles W of Anchorage, Alaska
County Bethel
P.O. Box Zip Codes 99559, 99637, 99679, 99680, 99690
Phone Area Codes 907
Time Zone Alaska (-9 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 60.7
Longitude -162.9

Bethel Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 36.5 miles
Jan Temp 1 to 12 F
Apr Temp 18 to 33 F
Jul Temp 49 to 63 F
Oct Temp 25 to 35 F
Annual Precip 16.1 inches
Distance 230.3 miles
Jan Temp -4 to 11 F
Apr Temp 14 to 32 F
Jul Temp 49 to 62 F
Oct Temp 19 to 34 F
Annual Precip 12.4 inches
Distance 258.8 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 23 F
Apr Temp 25 to 41 F
Jul Temp 48 to 64 F
Oct Temp 26 to 41 F
Annual Precip 19.4 inches
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Bethel Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,471 100%
Male 2,871 52.5%
Female 2,600 47.5%
Under 18 1,943 35.5%
18+ 3,528 64.5%
65+ 213 3.9%
Median Age 29.1
Average Family Size 3.65
White 1,468 26.8%
African-American 51 0.9%
Asian 157 2.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 3,380 61.8%
Other 28 0.5%
Mixed Race 378 6.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 93 1.7%

Estimated Bethel Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 6,262
Growth 791
Growth % 14.5%

Bethel Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 74.7%
English 4.3%
German 4%
US/American 2.6%
Irish 2.6%
Swedish 1.7%
Italian 1.5%
French Canadian 1%
Scottish 0.9%
French (except Basque) 0.8%
Albanian 0.8%
Polish 0.7%
Norwegian 0.6%
Dutch 0.5%
Russian 0.5%
Swiss 0.4%
British 0.4%
Scotch-Irish 0.4%
Northern European 0.3%
Danish 0.2%
Greek 0.2%
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Bethel Public Libraries

Kuskokwim Consortium Library
Bethel, Alaska
(907) 543-4516

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Bethel Hospitals

(Government - Federal)
PO BOX 287
(907) 543-6300
Emergency Service: Yes

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Bethel High Schools (2004)

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Serves 520 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

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Serves 33 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.3

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Serves 21 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7

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