Bessemer is a medium-sized city located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 26,538 people and 12 constituent neighborhoods, Bessemer is the 17th largest community in Alabama.
Bessemer is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Bessemer is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bessemer who work in sales jobs (10.97%), office and administrative support (10.64%), and food service (8.99%).
The citizens of Bessemer are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 13.80% of adults in Bessemer have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree
The per capita income in Bessemer in 2010 was $18,295, 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 $73,180 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 European.
The most common language spoken in Bessemer is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.