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 6,378 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Bethel is the ninth largest community in Alaska.
Unlike some cities, Bethel isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Bethel are a mix 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 (17.43%), management occupations (11.17%), and teaching (8.07%).
Bethel is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
One of the benefits of Bethel is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 11.43 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
In Bethel, a lot of people use taxis to get to work every day though Bethel is a relatively small city. Those that ride taxis are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.
The population of Bethel overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Bethel, 22.45% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Bethel in 2010 was $29,165, 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 $116,660 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 Irish, French , Polish, and Macedonian.
The most common language spoken in Bethel is English. Other important languages spoken here include Native American languages and Korean.