This Alaskan City has been Named the Most Dangerous in the State

Sara B

Alaska, the last frontier. Alaska is also the most significant state in the United States; it covers 586,000 square miles of land. It is two and a half times larger than Texas, the second biggest state.

Even though it is the biggest, there are only 732,673 residents in Alaska, making it the 3rd least populated state in the nation. Alaska is known for its wild wilderness with an estimated 100,000 glaciers, making Alaska also home to the most active glaciers in the world.

Alaska also has 6,640 miles of coastline, including the islands, and 70 potentially active volcanoes. Even though Alaska is one of the least populated states, it has been named the most dangerous in the United States, with an overall crime rate of 32.14 per 1,000 residents.

Yet one city in Alaska is known for being the most dangerous, and according to Travel Safe, it is Bethel. Bethel is located on the Kuskokwin River, the largest town in western Alaska. The crime rate is twice the state average and more than 5% above the national average.

The population of the Bethel census area is 6,264 residents, and declining by -.05% per year. The violent crime rate is 14 per 1,000 residents, and a property crime rate of 10.68 per 1,000 residents.


  • Average household income $111,755
  • Poverty rate 13.41%
  • Native Americans 65.18%
  • White Americans 23.02%
  • Black Americans 2.41%

According to studies, Alaska has such a high crime rate due to alcohol use, long cold nights, weather, and isolation.

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