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.
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 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%).
In terms of college education, the citizens of Bessemer rank slightly lower than the national average. 13.80% 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 $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.