Bessemer, AL
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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.

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 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%).

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.

In terms of college education, the citizens of Bessemer rank slightly lower than the national average. 13.44% of adults 25 and older in Bessemer have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.

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.