Bethel is located at the mouth of the Kuskokwim River, about forty miles inland from the Bering Sea. First established by a small group of Yup'ik Eskimos, Bethel has grown to be the commercial center for 56 villages on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The people of Bethel are community-minded, and were careful not to extinguish the local native cultures as the town rapidly grew. Half of the available jobs in Bethel are government jobs. Others find employment in commercial fishing and odd jobs. Although Bethel is a second class city with a central piped water and sewer system, about 75% of its residents live with no running water. Bethel has a relatively mild climate compared to other Alaskan cities, with temperatures in the winter ranging from 20 degrees to 20 degrees below zero.

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