Bethel Census Area, AK

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2022 Population
18,538
0.13% 1-year growth
US Senator
Lisa Murkowski
Republican Party
US Senator
Dan Sullivan
Republican Party
US Representative
Mary Peltola
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
28.7
0.35% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
25.3%
11.5% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$64,094
11.5% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$120,600
17.9% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Bethel Census Area, AK had a population of 18.5k people with a median age of 28.7 and a median household income of $64,094. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Bethel Census Area, AK grew from 18,514 to 18,538, a 0.13% increase and its median household income grew from $57,460 to $64,094, a 11.5% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Bethel Census Area, AK are American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (82.4%), White (Non-Hispanic) (8.8%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.87%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.4%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (1.15%).

None of the households in Bethel Census Area, AK reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.2% of the residents in Bethel Census Area, AK are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Bethel Census Area, AK was $120,600, and the homeownership rate was 59%.

Most people in Bethel Census Area, AK walked to work, and the average commute time was 7.13 minutes. The average car ownership in Bethel Census Area, AK was 0 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Bethel Census Area, AK is home to a population of 18.5k people, from which 99.2% are citizens. As of 2022, 2.25% of Bethel Census Area, AK residents were born outside of the country (417 people).

In 2022, there were 9.36 times more American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents (15.3k people) in Bethel Census Area, AK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.63k White (Non-Hispanic) and 718 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.2%
2022 Citizenship
99.2%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.2% of Bethel Census Area, AK residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Bethel Census Area, AK was 99.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Bethel Census Area, AK
  1. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    15.3k ± 205
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    1.63k ± 16
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    718 ± 198
2.15%
Hispanic Population
399 people

In 2022, there were 9.36 times more American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents (15.3k people) in Bethel Census Area, AK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.63k White (Non-Hispanic) and 718 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.15% of the people in Bethel Census Area, AK are hispanic (399 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Bethel Census Area, AK as a share of the total population.

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Foreign-Born Population

2.25%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
417 people
2.29%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
424 people

As of 2022, 2.25% of Bethel Census Area, AK residents (417 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Bethel Census Area, AK was 2.29%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    227 ± 159
  2. Vietnam
    199 ± 56
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    169 ± 52

Bethel Census Area, AK has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.14 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Bethel Census Area, AK employs 6.56k people. The largest industries in Bethel Census Area, AK are Public Administration (1,454 people), Educational Services (855 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (767 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($142,900), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($98,382), and Construction ($69,583).

Occupations

6.56k
2022 Value
± 633
1.67%
1 Year growth
± 13.7%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Bethel Census Area, AK grew at a rate of 1.67%, from 6.45k employees to 6.56k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Bethel Census Area, AK, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,151 people), Management Occupations (704 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (595 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Bethel Census Area, AK.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

6.56k
2022 Value
± 633
1.67%
1 Year growth
± 13.7%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Bethel Census Area, AK grew at a rate of 1.67%, from 6.45k employees to 6.56k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Bethel Census Area, AK, are Public Administration (1,454 people), Educational Services (855 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (767 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Bethel Census Area, AK, though some of these residents may live in Bethel Census Area, AK and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$38,222
Median earning men ± $11,202
$35,689
Median earning women ± $4,476

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($97,574), Construction ($71,250), and Manufacturing ($58,661).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($125,917), Information ($58,942), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($58,277).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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3.6%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 317k people employed in Alaska. This represents a 3.6% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 13.7%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Alaska.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 211
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 64
    Retail Trade
  3. 35
    Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting, and Mining

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Civics

Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan are the senators currently representing the state of Alaska. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Bethel Census Area, AK is currently represented by Mary Peltola in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Alaska

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Lisa Murkowski
Senator from Alaska3
Assumed office on December 20, 2002
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of her father Frank Murkowski, who was elected List of governors of Alaska|Governor of Alaska.
Dan Sullivan
Senator from Alaska2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan are the senators currently representing Alaska.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Bethel Census Area, AK

Mary Peltola
Alaska at-large Representative
Democratic Party

Bethel Census Area, AK is currently represented by Mary Peltola (Democratic Party).

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the member for Bethel Census Area, AK have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.495% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.397% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (168k), Some college (147k), and Bachelors Degree (98.8k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Bethel Census Area, AK was $120,600 in 2022, which is 0.428 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $102,300 to $120,600, a 17.9% increase. The homeownership rate in Bethel Census Area, AK is 59%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Bethel Census Area, AK have an average commute time of 7.13 minutes, and they walked to work. Car ownership in Bethel Census Area, AK is lower than the national average, with an average of 0 cars per household.

Median household income in Bethel Census Area, AK is $64,094. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Bethel Census Area, AK was Census Tract 2 with a value of $100,852, followed by Census Tract 3 and Census Tract 1, with respective values of $49,000 and $43,118.

Property

$120,600
Median Property Value 2022
±$22,547
$2,693
Median Property Taxes
±$171

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Bethel Census Area, AK the largest share of households pay taxes in the None range.

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Rent vs Own

59%
Homeownership
2022
65.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 59% of the housing units in Bethel Census Area, AK were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 57.3%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 2
  2. Census Tract 3
  3. Census Tract 1

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Bethel Census Area, AK was Census Tract 2 with a value of $100,852, followed by Census Tract 3 and Census Tract 1, with respective values of $49,000 and $43,118.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Bethel Census Area, AK colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$64,094
Median Household Income
± $6,460
4.57k
Number of Households
± 289

In 2022, the median household income of the 4.57k households in Bethel Census Area, AK grew to $64,094 from the previous year's value of $57,460.

The following chart displays the households in Bethel Census Area, AK distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Bethel Census Area, AK is from Alaska.
0.436
2022 Wage GINI in Alaska
0.437
2021 Wage GINI in Alaska

In 2022, the income inequality in Alaska was 0.436 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.308% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Alaska was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Alaska in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Walked (34.9%)
  2. Other (23.3%)
  3. Drove Alone (19.7%)

In 2022, 34.9% of workers in Bethel Census Area, AK walked to work, followed by those who used some unspecified means to get work (23.3%) and those who drove alone to work (19.7%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

7.13 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Bethel Census Area, AK have a shorter commute time (7.13 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 0.0497% of the workforce in Bethel Census Area, AK have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

0 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Bethel Census Area, AK distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Bethel Census Area, AK have 0 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

25.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Bethel Census Area, AK (4.59k out of 18.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 6 - 11, followed by Males < 5 and then Females 6 - 11.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Bethel Census Area, AK is Native American, followed by Asian and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

86% of the population of Bethel Census Area, AK has health coverage, with 23.5% on employee plans, 53.1% on Medicaid, 3.91% on Medicare, 4.42% on non-group plans, and 1.13% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Bethel Census Area, AK see 919 patients per year on average, which represents a 4.17% decrease from the previous year (959 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 709 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 38 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 51.7% were men and 48.3% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

919 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Bethel Census Area, AK

Primary care physicians in Bethel Census Area, AK see an average of 919 patients per year. This represents a 4.17% decrease from the previous year (959 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Bethel Census Area, AK in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 37.2% under 18 years, 23.5% between 18 and 34 years, 31.5% between 35 and 64 years, and 7.87% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 51.7% were men and 48.3% were women.

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Uninsured People

14%
Uninsured
23.5%
Employer Coverage
53.1%
Medicaid
3.91%
Medicare
4.42%
Non-Group
1.13%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Bethel Census Area, AK declined by 7.58% from 15.1% to 14%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 142 in Bethel Census Area, AK.

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Health Behaviors

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In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 38.3% in Bethel Census Area, AK.

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Clinical Care

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In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 16.8% in Bethel Census Area, AK.

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