Bethel Census Area, Alaska

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Bethel Census Area, Alaska
St. Sergius Chapel, Chuathbaluk, Alaska.jpg
Map of Alaska highlighting Bethel Census Area
Location within the U.S. state of Alaska
Map of the United States highlighting Alaska
Alaska's location within the U.S.
Largest cityBethel
 • Total45,504 sq mi (117,855 km2)
 • Land40,570 sq mi (105,076 km2)
 • Water4,934 sq mi (12,779 km2), 10.8%
Population (est.)
 • (2017)18,076
 • Density0.42/sq mi (0.16/km2)
Congressional districtAt-large
Time zoneAlaska: UTC−9/−8

Bethel Census Area is a census area in the U.S. state of Alaska. As of the 2010 census, the population is 17,013.[2] It is part of the unorganized borough and therefore has no borough seat. Its largest community is the city of Bethel, which is also the largest city in the unorganized borough.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the census area has an area of 45,504 square miles (117,850 km2), of which 40,570 square miles (105,100 km2) is land and 4,934 square miles (12,780 km2) (10.8%) is water.[3] Its territory includes the large Nunivak Island in the Bering Sea.

Its land area is comparable to that of Kentucky, which has an area of slightly under forty thousand square miles.[4]

Adjacent boroughs and census areas[edit]

National protected areas[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201718,076[5]6.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2016[2]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 16,006 people, 4,226 households, and 3,173 families residing in the census area. The population density was 0 people per square mile (0/km²). There were 5,188 housing units at an average density of 0/sq mi (0/km²). The racial makeup of the census area was 12.53% White, 0.38% Black or African American, 81.93% Native American, 1.05% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 3.85% from two or more races. 0.87% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,226 households out of which 51.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.20% were married couples living together, 15.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.90% were non-families. 19.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.73 and the average family size was 4.41.

In the census area the population was spread out with 39.80% under the age of 18, 9.70% from 18 to 24, 28.90% from 25 to 44, 16.40% from 45 to 64, and 5.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females, there were 113.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112.80 males.

Bethel Census Area is one of only 38 county-level census divisions of the United States where the most spoken language is not English and one of only 3 where it is neither English nor Spanish. 63.14% of the population speak a Yupik language at home, followed by English at 34.71%.[11]



Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ In 1980, the United States Census Bureau divided the Unorganized Borough into 12 census areas.
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2014-04-13. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  4. ^ "United States Summary: 2010, Population and Housing Unit Counts, 2010 Census of Population and Housing" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. September 2012. pp. V-2, 1 & 41 (Tables 1 & 18). Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  11. ^ Language Map Data Center. (2013-04-03). Retrieved on 2013-08-02.

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Coordinates: 60°45′N 160°30′W / 60.750°N 160.500°W / 60.750; -160.500