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 6,450 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Bethel is the ninth largest community in Alaska.
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 (16.94%), management occupations (13.18%), and sales jobs (6.57%).
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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
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 11.27 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, 22.64% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Bethel in 2010 was $28,758, 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 $115,032 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, Dutch, English, and Norwegian.
The most common language spoken in Bethel is English. Other important languages spoken here include Native American languages and Korean.