Bessemer is a medium-sized city located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 26,386 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 (14.65%), sales jobs (11.50%), and food service (8.03%).
The city is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Bessemer has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Bessemer a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
The percentage of adults in Bessemer with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 13.44% of adults in Bessemer have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Bessemer in 2010 was $18,482, 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 $73,928 for a family of four. However, Bessemer contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
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 Irish, African, German, English, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Bessemer is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.