Bethel, Alaska Population 2024

6,218

Bethel is a city located in Bethel Census Area Alaska. Bethel has a 2024 population of 6,218. Bethel is currently declining at a rate of -0.46% annually and its population has decreased by -1.83% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 6,334 in 2020.

The average household income in Bethel is $118,182 with a poverty rate of 12.63%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Bethel is 30.8 years, 29.7 years for males, and 32.6 years for females.

Bethel Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Bethel was:

  • Native American: 67.79%
  • White: 16.35%
  • Two or more races: 7.38%
  • Asian: 3.74%
  • Black or African American: 2.93%
  • Other race: 1.27%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.54%
State
Alaska
Land Area (mi²)
44.5 sq mi
Density (mi²)
139.70/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-1.83% (-116)
The current population of Bethel, Alaska is 6,218 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 6,334.

Bethel, Alaska Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
Native American4,27967.79%
White1,03216.35%
Two or more races4667.38%
Asian2363.74%
Black or African American1852.93%
Other race801.27%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander340.54%

Native American

White

Two or more races

Asian

Black or African American

Other race

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Bethel Population by Race

Bethel Population Pyramid 2024

Bethel Median Age

30.8

Total

29.7

Male

32.6

Female

Bethel Adults

There are 4,426 adults, (460 of whom are seniors) in Bethel.

Bethel Age Dependency

59.2

Age Dependency Ratio

11.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

47.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Bethel Sex Ratio

Female2,87845.6%
Male3,43454.4%

Bethel Population by Age

Bethel Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All1,9373.0141.258.8
Married7984.1864.435.6
Non Family6691.232377
Female3463.2931.268.8
Male1244.3618.581.5

3.8

Average Family Size

3.01

Average Household Size

41.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Bethel Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade752.05%
9th to 12th Grade2857.79%
High School Graduate1,62244.32%
Some College76020.77%
Associates Degree2115.77%
Bachelors Degree3659.97%
Graduate Degree3429.34%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Bethel Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Bethel Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
Native American2,2411,919148
White734734359
2+ Races21919955
Asian19617837
Black170170108
Hispanic14814822
Other Race60600
Islander23230

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among black people with a rate of 63.53%.

Bethel Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Overall$59,436$61,511$52,614
Less Than 9th Grade$0$0$0
High School Graduate$44,850$55,313$37,667
Some College$60,856$60,107$67,250
Bachelors Degree$72,955$103,194$59,054
Graduate Degree$104,719$107,159$96,429

$59,436

Average Earnings

$61,511

Average Male

$52,614

Average Female

Bethel Earnings by Educational Attainment

Bethel Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Bethel Language

55.04% of Bethel residents speak only English, while 44.96% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other languages, which is spoken by 35.96% of the population.

Bethel Language

Bethel Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Native4,03662115.39%
Asian2259240.89%
White950424.42%

12.63%

Overall Poverty Rate

11.95%

Male Poverty Rate

13.39%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Bethel

The race most likely to be in poverty in Bethel is Asian, with 40.89% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Bethel is White, with 4.42% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.36%. Among those working part-time, it was 15.42%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 19.32%.

Bethel Poverty

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade26.89%
High School15.7%
Some College8.62%
Bachelors or Greater1.98%

Bethel Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed39.05%
Male Employed6.61%
Female Employed4.86%
Male Unemployed0%

Bethel Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Bethel Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Households$100,852$118,182
Families$110,897$127,876
Married Families$145,192$-999,999,999
Non Families$71,397$92,553

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Bethel Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

39.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

37.0%

Male Marriage Rate

41.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Bethel Married by Age and Sex

male

female

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 35-44.

Bethel Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Bethel Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

250

Number of Veterans

226

Male Veterans

24

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Second Gulf War105
First Gulf War105
Vietnam66
Korea0
World War II0

Bethel Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
65 to 7466
55 to 6464
35 to 5461
18 to 3459
75+0

Bethel Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White9612.48%
Native American943.33%
Black4930.06%
Hispanic147.78%
Asian115.02%

Bethel Veterans by Race

Bethel Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

8.47%

Veteran Poverty Rate

14.83%

Veteran Disability Rate

Bethel Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

67.5%

Labor Force Participation

61%

Employment Rate

8.9%

Unemployment Rate

Bethel Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Bethel Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Bethel Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

77.58%

Born in Bethel

93.88%

Native Born

6.12%

Foreign Born

1.95%

Non Citizen

4.17%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

93.88% of Bethel residents were born in the United States, with 77.58% having been born in Alaska. 1.95% 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: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20296,073-29-0.48%
20286,102-29-0.47%
20276,131-29-0.47%
20266,160-29-0.47%
20256,189-29-0.47%
20246,218-29-0.46%
20236,247-29-0.46%
20226,276-73-1.15%
20216,349150.24%
20206,334-315-4.74%
20196,649981.5%
20186,5511041.61%
20176,447-1-0.02%
20166,448390.61%
20156,409-14-0.22%
20146,423460.72%
20136,377751.19%
20126,302651.04%
20116,2371382.26%
20106,09962811.48%
20005,47179717.05%
19904,6741,09830.7%
19803,5761,47670.29%
19702,10080061.54%
19601,300900225%
194040000%
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Bethel Population by Year