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Overview

Introduction to Bethel, Alaska

Bethel, Alaska, in Bethel county, is 438 miles W of Anchorage, Alaska.

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.

People

Total Population 6,370
Male Share of the Population 51.5%
Female Share of the Population 48.5%
Senior Citizens 5.9%
Employed Population 16+ 2,967
Age of the Population 31

Families

% of people married 39.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $76,333
% Above Poverty Level 88.6%
% Below Poverty Level 11.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 9 minutes
% Working from Home 5.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 13.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 18.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,360
Median House Value $234,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 73.8%
US/American 0%
English 2.7%
Irish 8.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station BETHEL AP
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
Station UNALAKLEET AP
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
Station KING SALMON AP
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

Bethel Public Libraries

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

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Bethel Hospitals

YUKON KUSKOKWIM DELTA REG HOSPITAL
(Government - Federal)
PO BOX 287
(907) 543-6300
Emergency Service: Yes

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Bethel High Schools

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BETHEL REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
1006 RON EDWARDS WAY
907-543-3957
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 520 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

BETHEL ALTERNATIVE BOARDING SCHOOL
BOX 1858
907-543-5610
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 33 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.3

BETHEL YOUTH FACILITY
PO BOX 1988
907-543-5200
A Non-traditional School
Serves 21 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7

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