Bethel, Alaska Population 2021

6,712
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Bethel is a city located in Bethel County Alaska. With a 2020 population of 6,712, it is the 9th largest city in Alaska and the 4047th largest city in the United States . Bethel is currently growing at a rate of 0.95% annually and its population has increased by 10.39% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 6,080 in 2010. Bethel reached it's highest population of in . Spanning over 50 miles, Bethel has a population density of 151 people per square mile.

The average household income in Bethel is $96,848 with a poverty rate of 15.94%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,552 per month, and the median house value is $280,400. The median age in Bethel is 29.2 years, 28.7 years for males, and 29.8 years for females.

Bethel Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Bethelwas:

  • Native American: 64.18%
  • White: 24.75%
  • Two or more races: 5.21%
  • Asian: 2.92%
  • Black or African American: 1.82%
  • Other race: 0.60%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.51%
The current population of Bethel, Alaska is 6,712 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 6,586.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 6,080.

Bethel, Alaska Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
American Indian and Alaska Native4,15464.18%
White1,60224.75%
Two or More Races3375.21%
Asian1892.92%
Black or African American1181.82%
Some Other Race390.60%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander330.51%
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Bethel Population by Race

Bethel Population Pyramid $2021

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Bethel Median Age

29.2


Total

28.7


Male

29.8


Female

Bethel Adults

There are 4,491 adults, (451 of whom are seniors) in Bethel.

Bethel Age Dependency

60.2

Age Dependency Ratio

11.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

49

Child Dependency Ratio

Bethel Sex Ratio

Female

3,052

47.16%

Male

3,420

52.84%

Bethel Population by Age

Bethel Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Bethel Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Male22.5%77.5%
Non Family25.7%74.3%
Female32.7%67.3%
All37.7%62.3%
Married55.9%44.1%

37.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Bethel Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All1,9343.1237.7
Married7164.0955.9
Non Family6491.5825.7
Female3423.1132.7
Male2274.4822.5

3.6

Average Family Size

3.12

Average Household Size

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Bethel Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1062.82%
9th to 12th Grade2737.26%
High School Graduate1,68144.71%
Some College65017.29%
Associates Degree2636.99%
Bachelors Degree41511.04%
Graduate Degree3729.89%
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Bethel Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Bethel Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Native American2,1521,860151
White1,018982508
2+ Races19118758
Hispanic167127
Asian15314633
Black11011037
Islander2222
Other Race1717

The highest rate of high school graduation is among black people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 49.90%.

Bethel Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$44,155$50,133$38,441
Less Than 9th Grade$$$
High School Graduate$36,520$42,900$32,083
Some College$48,024$50,880$39,300
Bachelors Degree$63,409$65,139$49,844
Graduate Degree$90,694$97,083$85,833

$44,155

Average Earnings

$50,133

Average Male

$38,441

Average Female

Bethel Earnings by Educational Attainment

Bethel Language by Age

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Bethel Language

55.15% of Bethel residents speak only English, while 44.85% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other languages, which is spoken by 35.49% of the population.

Bethel Language

Bethel Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Native3,92377019.63%
Hispanic30111337.54%
Multiple3098728.16%
Asian1794826.82%
White1,307221.68%

15.94%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.31%

Male Poverty Rate

16.57%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Bethel

The race most likely to be in poverty in Bethel is Hispanic, with 37.54% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Bethel is White, with 1.68% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.90%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.95%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 24.14%.

Bethel Poverty

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Name Poverty
High School19.60%
Less Than 9th Grade19.00%
Some College7.42%
Bachelors or Greater2.69%

Bethel Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Unemployed56.41%
Female Unemployed53.90%
Female Employed7.78%
Male Employed5.49%

Bethel Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Bethel Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$83,367$96,848
Families$82,724$93,028
Married Families$116,176-
Non Families$74,432$92,822
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Income by Household Type

Bethel Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

35.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

34.8%

Male Marriage Rate

35.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Bethel Married by Age and Sex

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Bethel Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Bethel Marital Status by Race

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Bethel Marital Status

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227

Number of Veterans

216

Male Veterans

11

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam103
First Gulf War58
Second Gulf War50
World War II
Korea

Bethel Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 5465
65 to 7464
55 to 6458
18 to 3440
75+

Bethel Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
Native American1234.51%
White796.72%
Black1412.61%
2+ Races114.40%

Bethel Veterans by Race

Bethel Veterans by Education

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5.19%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.42%

Veteran Disability Rate

Bethel Veterans by Education

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70.3%

Labor Force Participation

63.6%

Employment Rate

9.5%

Unemployment Rate

Bethel Employment by Age

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Bethel Employment by Race

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Bethel Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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72.73%

Born in Bethel

94.08%

Native Born

5.92%

Foreign Born

3.11%

Non Citizen

2.81%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

94.08% of Bethel residents were born in the United States, with 72.73% having been born in Alaska. 3.11% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Bethel Place of Birth

Note: 2020 and 2021 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20216,712630.95%
20206,649630.96%
20196,586630.97%
20186,523901.40%
20176,433-5-0.08%
20166,438460.72%
20156,392-6-0.09%
20146,398260.41%
20136,372711.13%
20126,301651.04%
20116,2361362.23%
20106,1006291.09%
20005,4717971.59%
19904,6741,0982.71%
19803,5761,4765.47%
19702,1008004.91%
19601,3009006.07%
19404000.00%

Bethel Population by Year