Bethel Census Area, AK

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2019 Population
18,134
0.521% 1-year growth
US Senator
Lisa Murkowski
Republican Party
US Senator
Dan Sullivan
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
27.3
0.738% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
28.3%
1.77% 1-year increase
2019 Median Household Income
$53,553
1.22% 1-year decline
2019 Median Property Value
$83,600
24.1% 1-year decline
2019 Employed Population
6,243
1.05% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Bethel Census Area, AK had a population of 18.1k people with a median age of 27.3 and a median household income of $53,553. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Bethel Census Area, AK grew from 18,040 to 18,134, a 0.521% increase and its median household income declined from $54,212 to $53,553, a −1.22% decrease.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Bethel Census Area, AK are American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (82.5%), White (Non-Hispanic) (9.73%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.15%), White (Hispanic) (1.42%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.08%). 0% of the households in Bethel Census Area, AK speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 98.8% of the residents in Bethel Census Area, AK are U.S. citizens.

In 2019, the median property value in Bethel Census Area, AK was $83,600, and the homeownership rate was 58.2%. Most people in Bethel Census Area, AK walked to work, and the average commute time was 6.98 minutes. The average car ownership in Bethel Census Area, AK was 0 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Alaska (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Start Year
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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Alaska. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

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

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Alaska across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Diversity

Bethel Census Area, AK is home to a population of 18.1k people, from which 98.8% are citizens. As of 2019, 4.13% of Bethel Census Area, AK residents were born outside of the country (749 people).

In 2019, there were 8.48 times more American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents (15k people) in Bethel Census Area, AK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.76k White (Non-Hispanic) and 571 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Bethel Census Area, AK
  1. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    15k ± 122
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    1.76k ± 15
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    571 ± 128
2.6%
Hispanic Population
471 people

In 2019, there were 8.48 times more American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents (15k people) in Bethel Census Area, AK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.76k White (Non-Hispanic) and 571 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.6% of the people in Bethel Census Area, AK are hispanic (471 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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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.13%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
749 people
2.03%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
367 people

As of 2019, 4.13% of Bethel Census Area, AK residents (749 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Bethel Census Area, AK was 2.03%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

27
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.4
45
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 5.8

In 2019, the median age of all people in Bethel Census Area, AK was 27.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 27, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 45. But people in Bethel Census Area, AK are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Bethel Census Area, AK residents was 27.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Philippines
    18,810 ± 3,324 people
  2. Mexico
    4,189 ± 1,585 people
  3. Korea
    3,268 ± 1,400 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Alaska was Philippines, the natal country of 18,810 Alaska residents, followed by Mexico with 4,189 and Korea with 3,268.

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Citizenship

98.8%
2019 Citizenship
98.9%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 98.8% of Bethel Census Area, AK residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Bethel Census Area, AK was 98.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    215 ± 61
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    140 ± 48
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    131 ± 37

Bethel Census Area, AK has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.54 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Bethel Census Area, AK is $53,553. In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Bethel Census Area, AK was Census Tract 2 with a value of $83,367, followed by Census Tract 3 and Census Tract 1, with respective values of $42,386 and $38,936.

Males in Alaska have an average income that is 1.28 times higher than the average income of females, which is $54,966. The income inequality in Alaska (measured using the Gini index) is 0.44, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Bethel Census Area, AK employs 6.24k people. The largest industries in Bethel Census Area, AK are Educational Services (1,162 people), Public Administration (1,130 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (969 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($126,006), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($109,583), and Finance & Insurance ($62,500).

Wages

Median Household Income

$53,553
2019 value
± $3,178
−1.22%
1 Year Growth
± 8.18%

Households in Bethel Census Area, AK have a median annual income of $53,553, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $54,212 in 2018, which represents a −1.22% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$70,324
Average Male Salary in Alaska
± $3,702
$54,966
Average Female Salary in Alaska
± $3,098

In 2019, full-time male employees in Alaska made 1.28 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Alaska by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Alaska
  1. White
    $62,461 ± $2,986
  2. American Indian
    $56,790 ± $19,372
  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races
    $47,318 ± $20,596

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Alaska workers was White. These workers were paid 1.1 times more than American Indian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Alaska.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Alaska by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Bethel Census Area, AK is from Alaska.
0.44
2019 Wage GINI in Alaska
0.441
2018 Wage GINI in Alaska

In 2019, the income inequality in Alaska was 0.44 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.271% decline from 2018 to 2019, 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.

This chart shows the number of workers in Alaska across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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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 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Bethel Census Area, AK was Census Tract 2 with a value of $83,367, followed by Census Tract 3 and Census Tract 1, with respective values of $42,386 and $38,936.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

28.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Bethel Census Area, AK (4.98k out of 17.6k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 25 - 34, followed by Males < 5 and then Females 25 - 34.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. Native American
    4,688 ± 243
  2. Two Or More
    157 ± 85
  3. Hispanic
    125 ± 132

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

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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

6.24k
2019 Value
± 399
1.05%
1 Year growth
± 8.52%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Bethel Census Area, AK grew at a rate of 1.05%, from 6.18k employees to 6.24k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Bethel Census Area, AK, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (947 people), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (723 people), and Management Occupations (527 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Bethel Census Area, AK.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Bethel Census Area, AK, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (947 people), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (723 people), and Management Occupations (527 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Bethel Census Area, AK has an unusually high number of residents working as Community & Social Service Occupations (3.1 times higher than expected), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1.91 times), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.83 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Bethel Census Area, AK, by median earnings, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($115,341), Legal Occupations ($95,750), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($80,000).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

6.24k
2019 Value
± 399
1.05%
1 Year growth
± 8.52%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Bethel Census Area, AK grew at a rate of 1.05%, from 6.18k employees to 6.24k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Bethel Census Area, AK, are Educational Services (1,162 people), Public Administration (1,130 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (969 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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Most Common

The most common industries in Bethel Census Area, AK, by number of employees, are Educational Services (1,162 people), Public Administration (1,130 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (969 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Bethel Census Area, AK has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (16.9 times higher than expected), Utilities (3.98 times), and Public Administration (3.92 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Bethel Census Area, AK, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($126,006), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($109,583), and Finance & Insurance ($62,500).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Alaska to other states, or from other states to Alaska.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $26.3B
  2. $15B
  3. $5.55B

In 2018, the top outbound Alaska product (by dollars) was Crude petroleum with $26.3B, followed by Electronics ($15B) and Gasoline ($5.55B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Alaska products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$72.6B
2018 Value in Alaska
$144B
Projected 2045 Value in Alaska
98.8% growth

In 2018, total outbound Alaska trade was $72.6B. This is expected to increase 98.8% to $144B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Alaska trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Alaska to other states, or from other states to Alaska.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $16.8B
  2. $5.3B
  3. $3.2B

In 2018, the top outbound Alaska domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was California with $16.8B, followed by Washington with $5.3B and Texas and $3.2B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Alaska shares with each state (excluding itself).

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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 Don Young 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 had become 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.

The following chart shows elected senators in Alaska over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Bethel Census Area, AK

Don Young
Alaska at-large Representative
Republican Party

Bethel Census Area, AK is currently represented by Don Young (Republican 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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Housing & Living

The median property value in Bethel Census Area, AK was $83,600 in 2019, which is 0.348 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $110,200 to $83,600, a 24.1% decrease. The homeownership rate in Bethel Census Area, AK is 58.2%, which is lower than the national average of 64.1%. People in Bethel Census Area, AK have an average commute time of 6.98 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.

Housing

Property Value

$83,600
2019 Median
± $6,252
$110,200
2018 Median
± $13,968

In 2019, the median property value in Bethel Census Area, AK declined from to $83,600 from the previous year's value of $110,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Bethel Census Area, AK compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Bethel Census Area, AK the largest share of households have a property value in the < $10k range.

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Household Income

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$53,553
Median Household Income
± $3,178
4.49k
Number of Households
± 265

In 2019, the median household income of the 4.49k households in Bethel Census Area, AK declined from $53,553 from the previous year's value of $54,212.

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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Property Taxes

None
Average Range

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Rent vs Own

58.2%
2019 Homeownership
61.1%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 58.2% of the housing units in Bethel Census Area, AK were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 61.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Bethel Census Area, AK compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

6.98 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Bethel Census Area, AK have a shorter commute time (6.98 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 0% of the workforce in Bethel Census Area, AK have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Walked (30.7%)
  2. Other (23.7%)
  3. Drove Alone (23.3%)

In 2019, 30.7% of workers in Bethel Census Area, AK walked to work, followed by those who used some unspecified means to get work (23.7%) and those who drove alone to work (23.3%).

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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Transportation

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, followed by 1 car.

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Health

79.7% of the population of Bethel Census Area, AK has health coverage, with 23.7% on employee plans, 45% on Medicaid, 3.48% on Medicare, 6.51% on non-group plans, and 0.934% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Alaska was $11,064 in 2014. This is a 6.1% increase from the previous year ($10,428).

Primary care physicians in Bethel Census Area, AK see 959 patients per year on average, which represents a 4.48% decrease from the previous year (1004 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 707 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 43 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Wrangell City and Borough has the highest prevalence of diabetes (18.7%). Additionally, Aleutians East Borough has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (51.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

959 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 959 patients per year. This represents a 4.48% decrease from the previous year (1,004 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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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$11,064
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Alaska
$5,958
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$12,001
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$9,288
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Alaska (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 6.1%, from $10,428 to $11,064.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

20.3%
Uninsured
23.7%
Employer Coverage
45%
Medicaid
3.48%
Medicare
6.51%
Non-Group
0.934%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Bethel Census Area, AK declined by 1.56% from 20.7% to 20.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Bethel Census Area, AK changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 18.7% prevalence
  2. 17.6% prevalence
  3. 15.1% prevalence

Wrangell City and Borough has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Alaska, at 18.7%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Alaska by county over multiple years.

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