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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,365
Male Share of the Population51.8%
Female Share of the Population48.2%
Senior Citizens5.8%
Employed Population 16+2,770
Age of the Population29

Families

% of people married38.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher22.4%
Median Earnings25+$44,878
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$31,875
Median Earnings With High School Degree$32,481

Wealth

Median Family Income$77,983
% Above Poverty Level85.9%
% Below Poverty Level14.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time9 minutes
% Working from Home4.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work12.5%
% Using Public Transportation0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone22.8%
Median Gross Rent$1,373
Median House Value$255,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)77.6%
German8.1%
Irish5.1%
French Except Basque1.8%
Macedonian1.7%
Polish1.7%
Norwegian1.6%
Finnish1.4%
English1.4%
Italian1.3%
Dutch1.1%
Russian1.1%
Swedish1.1%
Scottish0.9%
African0.8%
Czech0.8%
Albanian0.5%
Austrian0.5%
Greek0.3%
Portuguese0.3%
Belgian0.2%
Ethiopian0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Welsh0.1%
Danishn0.1%
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Bethel Almanac

CategoryValue
County Bethel Census Area
P.O. Box Zip Codes99559, 99679, 99680, 99690, 99637
Phone Area Codes907
Time Zone
Approximate Latitude60.81
Approximate Longitude-161.85

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)

StationBETHEL AP
Distance36.5 miles
Jan Temp1 to 12 F
Apr Temp18 to 33 F
Jul Temp49 to 63 F
Oct Temp25 to 35 F
Annual Precip16.1 inches
StationUNALAKLEET AP
Distance230.3 miles
Jan Temp-4 to 11 F
Apr Temp14 to 32 F
Jul Temp49 to 62 F
Oct Temp19 to 34 F
Annual Precip12.4 inches
StationKING SALMON AP
Distance258.8 miles
Jan Temp8 to 23 F
Apr Temp25 to 41 F
Jul Temp48 to 64 F
Oct Temp26 to 41 F
Annual Precip19.4 inches

Bethel Public Libraries

Kuskokwim Consortium Library
420 CHIEF EDDIE HOFFMAN HIGHWAY
Bethel, Alaska
(907) 543-4516

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Bethel Hospitals

Yukon-kuskokwim-delta Regional Hospital
(Government - Federal)
900 Eddie Hoffman Highway
(907) 543-6300

Bethel Public Schools

Ayaprun Elitnaurvik
1010 Fourth Avenue
ZIP: 99559
Primary
Total Enrollment 177
Bethel Regional High School
1006 Ron Edwards Memorial Dr
ZIP: 99559
High
Total Enrollment 501
Bethel Youth Facility
Lower Kuskokwim School Dist
ZIP: 99559
Other
Total Enrollment 8
Gladys Jung Elementary
1007 Ron Edwards Memorial Dr
ZIP: 99559
Primary
Total Enrollment 325
Kuskokwim Learning Academy
1010 4th Ave.
ZIP: 99559
High
Total Enrollment 97
Mikelnguut Elitnaurviat
1005 Raven's Way
ZIP: 99559
Primary
Total Enrollment 319
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