Bethel is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Alaska. With a population of 6,586 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Bethel is the ninth largest community in Alaska.
Bethel real estate is some of the most expensive in Alaska, although Bethel house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Bethel is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Bethel is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bethel who work in office and administrative support (17.32%), management occupations (10.00%), and sales jobs (7.42%).
One of the nice things about Bethel is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 10.68 minutes getting to work every day.
The percentage of adults in Bethel who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 20.93% of the adults in Bethel have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Bethel in 2018 was $31,337, which is middle income relative to Alaska, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $125,348 for a family of four. However, Bethel contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Bethel is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Bethel home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bethel residents report their race to be Native American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Bethel include German, Irish, English, Finnish, and Macedonian.
The most common language spoken in Bethel is English. Other important languages spoken here include Native American languages and Spanish.