Bessemer is a medium-sized city located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 26,511 people and 12 constituent neighborhoods, Bessemer is the 17th largest community in Alabama.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Bessemer is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Bessemer is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Bessemer who work in office and administrative support (14.04%), sales jobs (12.81%), and food service (6.73%).
It is a fairly quiet city because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Bessemer has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Bessemer has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Bessemer than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Bessemer may be for you.
Many people in Bessemer take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Bessemer citizens for affordable transportation.
The citizens of Bessemer are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 13.44% of adults in Bessemer have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree
The per capita income in Bessemer in 2010 was $17,928, which is lower middle income relative to Alabama, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $71,712 for a family of four. However, Bessemer contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Bessemer also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.65% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Bessemer is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Bessemer home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bessemer residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Bessemer include African, German, English, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Bessemer is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.