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 6,493 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.
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 (16.18%), management occupations (11.59%), and teaching (7.54%).
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.
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 10.48 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
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, 23.07% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Bethel in 2010 was $31,928, which is upper middle income relative to Alaska and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $127,712 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, Polish, and Finnish.
The most common language spoken in Bethel is English. Other important languages spoken here include Native American languages and Korean.