Bethel Census Area


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Bethel Census Area, Alaska


In southwestern AK with coastal area on Bering Sea. Established from the former Kuskokwim Division. Name Origin:
For the city.

Area (sq mi):: 45508.46 (land 40633.31; water 4875.15) Population per square mile: 0.40
Population 2005: 17,127 State rank: 6 Population change: 2000-20005 7.00%; 1990-2000 17.20% Population 2000: 16,006 (White 12.20%; Black or African American 0.40%; Hispanic or Latino 0.90%; Asian 1.00%; Other 86.10%). Foreign born: 1.40%. Median age: 25.30
Income 2000: per capita $12,603; median household $35,701; Population below poverty level: 20.60% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $19,392-$22,883
Unemployment (2004): 12.90% Unemployment change (from 2000): 2.30% Median travel time to work: 8.60 minutes Working outside county of residence: 1.50%
Cities with population over 10,000: None
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The Bethel Census Area represents a cash-subsistence economy whose employment is largely reliant on government funding or government supported private enterprise.
People QuickFacts Bethel Census Area Alaska Population, 2010 17,013 710,231 Population, percent change, 2000 to 6.
In 2010, there were 6,793 jobs in all industries in the Bethel Census Area.
The double-digit unemployment rates are very common for the Bethel census area," she said.
The Bethel census area has experienced moderate employment growth over recent years, Windisch-Cole said.
According to Windisch-Cole, the five largest employers in the Bethel census area are Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corp.
Conversely, the Bethel Census Area tended to lag in median income growth, despite its population size.
The Bethel Census Area has a small seasonal economic base fueled by natural resources, particularly salmon and herring roe, and subsistence activities.
The Bethel Census Area is marked by high poverty, high unemployment, high costs and low income.
According to Shanks, the Bethel Census Area generates only about one payroll job for every three people living there.
The Bethel Census Area, which occupies more than 41,000 square miles, rivals the size of Kentucky.
Together the Nome, Wade Hampton and Bethel census areas encompass the Seward Peninsula in mid-northwest Alaska, reach around Norton Sound, run down the spine of the Nulato Hills and follow the mighty Yukon River into the vast Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

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