With a singular paved road that only stretches ten miles; the town of bethel has nearly 100 cab drivers, giving it the distinction of having the most taxi drivers per capita in the entire country. The Bethel Census Area further distinguishes itself as one of only 38 census-designated places in the entire country where the majority of residents do not speak English as their first language. 64 percent of the populous speaks Yupik, making the area only one of three CDP’s in the United States where Spanish or English is not the majority spoken language. With only 18,000 people occupying 45,504 square miles of total area, the population density of the Bethel Census Area is zero people per square mile.
Located in the unorganized borough, in Southwestern Alaska, there is no borough seat. The area has a subarctic climate conducive to dogsled racing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and skiing. The area garnered national attention in 2012 when a hoax promising the arrival of a Taco Bell prompted Taco Bell to airlift a taco truck into Bethel, serving 10,000 tacos to hungry residents.
Farming and fishing are the biggest contributors to the local economy.
Popular places to visit listed on the National Register of Historic Places include St. Jacob’s Church, St. Seraphim Chapel, St. Sergius Chapel, and the Sts. Constantine and Helen Chapel.
A property tax exemption is available to disabled veteran homeowners with a disability rating of 100 percent and an annual net income of sub $12,000.
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Post 10041 Robert V. Lindsey Post
PO Box 301
Bethel, AK 995590301
Phone: (907) 543-2241
Meeting Location & Time
150 Akiak St
Bethel, AK 99559
8:00 PM 1st & 3rd Tuesday
Quartermaster: John Guinn
Commander: Michael Calvetti
Bethel VA Property Search
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Maximum VA Appraisal Fees Allowable in Bethel Census Area
- Single Family: $700
- Condominium: $700
- Duplex Family: $850
- Triplex Family: $900
- Fourplex Family: $900
- Repair Inspection: $100
VA Approved Condos in Bethel
There are currently no VA approved condos in Bethel Census Area. Click here if you would like the VA to approve a condo for you.
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