Bethel, AK
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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.

Bethel is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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%).

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.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Bethel spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 11.43 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Despite being a small city, Bethel has a lot of people using taxis to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on taxis are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

The citizens of Bethel are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 22.45% of adults in Bethel having a bachelor's degree or advanced 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.



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