Kwethluk, Alaska Population and Demographics

Population, Race and Ethnicity

Kwethluk is a city in Bethel Census Area, Alaska, with a population of 653. According to the most recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, 0.20% of residents identify as white, 0.00% as Black or African American, 98.90% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.50% as Asian, 0.00% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 0.00% as Hispanic or Latino, and 0.50% as some other race or combination of races.

Nationally, some 61.1% of Americans identify as white, 12.3% as Black or African American, 0.7% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 5.4% as Asian, 0.2% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 17.8% as Hispanic or Latino, and 2.6% as some other race or combination of races.

Native and foreign-born population

An estimated 99.50% of Kwethluk residents are native-born, meaning they were born in the United States, Puerto Rico, a U.S. Island Area, or abroad to a U.S. citizen. Of the 0.50% of the population that is foreign-born, 0.00% have become naturalized U.S. citizens. Nationwide, 86.5% of Americans are native-born. And of the 13.5% of Americans who are foreign-born, 48.5% have become naturalized U.S. citizens.

Age

The population of Kwethluk is younger than the United States as a whole. The median age is 24.6 years, 13.3 years less than the national median age of 37.9 years. An estimated 8.00% of the population is 65 years and over, compared to 15.2% of the U.S. population.

Family and household composition

Family and household composition also varies heavily across the United States. In Kwethluk, 39.20% of households are occupied by married-couple families, compared to the 48.3% national figure. Some 22.90% of households are occupied by single male householders, 22.20% by single female householders, and 15.70% by non-family occupants. Nationwide, 4.9% of households are occupied by single male householders, 12.6% by single female householders, and 34.3% by non-family occupants. An estimated 79.10% of heads of household own their homes, compared to the national homeownership rate of 63.8%.

Language spoken

English is by far the most commonly spoken language in Alaska and across the U.S. as a whole. Similarly, in Kwethluk, 88.5% of local residents aged 5 and up speak English exclusively, or, if they are multilingual, speak English very well. For context, 95.1% of the 5 and older population across Alaska only speaks English, or speak it very well, and 91.5% of the same age group nationwide do.

Marital status

Residents of Kwethluk are less likely than the typical American to be married. Of all local residents aged 15 and older, 29.5% are currently married, compared to 48.1% of Americans nationwide in the same age group. Across Alaska as a whole, 48.9% of residents 15 and older are married.

Divorce is far less common in Kwethluk than it is across the U.S. as a whole. According to Census estimates, 4.4% of residents 15 and older are divorced — compared to 10.8% of the U.S. population in the same age group. In Alaska, 11.6% of the 15 and older population is divorced.

An estimated 55.2% of Kwethluk residents 15 and older have never married, compared to one-third of all Americans in the same age group.

Veterans

In Kwethluk, 6.6% of the 18 and older civilian population are veterans — compared to 7.5% of adult civilians nationwide and 12.6% of the civilian population in all of Alaska.

Educational attainment

In Kwethluk, adults are less likely to have a high school education than the typical American adult, and are less likely to have a four-year college education. Among Kwethluk residents 25 and older, 73.90% have a high school diploma or equivalent, and 5.30% have a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 87.7% and 31.5% of adults nationwide, respectively. Across Alaska, 92.7% of adults have graduated high school, and 29.2 have a bachelor’s degree.

Income

The typical household in Kwethluk earns $42,917 a year, about $17,400 less than the national median of $60,293 and $33,800 less than the median household income across the state of $76,715.

Poverty

Serious financial hardship is more common in Kwethluk than it is nationwide. The local poverty rate stands at 32.80%, while the national poverty rate is 14.1%. Across the state as a whole, 10.8% of the population lives below the poverty line.

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