Bessemer, Alabama Population 2019

Bessemer, Alabama's estimated population is 26,538 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Bessemer, Alabama is the 19th largest city in Alabama based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 654.65 people/mi² (252.76 people/km²).

The overall median age is 40.5 years, 36.2 years for males, and 43.1 years for females. For every 100 females there are 87.9 males.

Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 12,819 households in the city, with an average size of 2.47 people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.4%, with a median rent of $751/month. The median house has 5.6 rooms, and has a value of $84,000.

The median income for households in Bessemer, Alabama is $31,308, while the mean household income is $43,819.

Bessemer Al Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Bessemer Al was:

  • Black or African American: 69.88%
  • White: 24.35%
  • Other race: 4.17%
  • Two or more races: 1.33%
  • Native American: 0.18%
  • Asian: 0.06%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.02%
LatLng(33.4018, -86.9544)
Rank in State19th
StateAlabama
CountyJefferson County
Time ZoneCentral Time Zone
Land Area (km²)104.99 (40.54 mi²)
Water Area (km²)0.43 (0.17 mi²)
TypeCity
GEOID105980
Density (km²)252.76
Density (mi²)654.65
Area Code(s)205
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
201826,538-64-0.24%
201726,602-95-0.36%
201626,697-210-0.78%
201526,907-192-0.71%
201427,099-132-0.48%
201327,231-159-0.58%
201227,390-152-0.55%
201127,542-107-0.39%
201027,649-2,023-0.70%
200029,672-3,825-1.21%
199033,4971,7680.54%
198031,729-1,699-0.52%
197033,4283740.11%
196033,0544,6091.51%
195028,4455,6192.23%
194022,8262,1050.97%
193020,7212,0471.05%
192018,6747,8105.57%
191010,8644,5065.50%
19006,3581,8143.42%
18904,5440.00%

Population by Race

Race Population
Black or African American18,657
White6,501
Some Other Race1,112
Two or More Races356
American Indian and Alaska Native48
Asian17
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander6

Bessemer Al Population Pyramid 2019

Bessemer Al Median Age

40.5


Total

36.2


Male

43.1


Female

Bessemer Al Adults

There are 20,822 adults, (4,833 of whom are seniors) in Bessemer Al.

Bessemer Al Age Dependency

67

Age Dependency Ratio

30.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Bessemer Al Sex Ratio

Female

14,211

53.23%

Male

12,486

46.77%

Bessemer Al Households and Families

Bessemer Al Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Bessemer Al Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married77.8%22.2%
All55.1%44.9%
Non Family52.9%47.1%
Male44%56%
Female38.4%61.6%

55.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All10,4692.4755.1
Non Family4,1031.252.9
Female2,8473.438.4
Married2,8403.2777.8
Male6792.8644

3.25

Average Family Size

2.47

Average Household Size

3.4%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.1%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Bessemer Al Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade8804.75%
9th to 12th Grade2,34812.68%
High School Graduate6,87337.12%
Some College4,21722.78%
Associates Degree1,7079.22%
Bachelors Degree1,85310.01%
Graduate Degree6363.44%

Bessemer Al Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Black12,32810,3921,555
White5,2024,374773
Hispanic69933874
Other Race48116916
Multiple Races17312758
Native American373729
Islander66

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 78.38%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$26,867$31,066$24,467
Less Than High School$15,567$17,073$12,955
High School Grad$25,973$30,337$20,000
Some College$26,886$40,199$23,807
Bachelors Degree$42,264$52,852$40,320
Graduate Degree$56,278$$57,131

$26,867

Average Earnings

$31,066

Average Male

$24,467

Average Female

Bessemer Al Language

Bessemer Al Language by Age

Bessemer Al Language

93.51% of Bessemer Al residents speak only English, while 6.49% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.54% of the population.

Bessemer Al Poverty

Bessemer Al Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black18,3815,50429.94%
White5,9091,39923.68%
Other1,10351346.51%
Hispanic1,25547237.61%
Multiple34620559.25%
Native481939.58%

29.71%

Overall Poverty Rate

27.39%

Male Poverty Rate

31.76%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Bessemer Al

The race most likely to be in poverty in Bessemer Al is Multiple, with 59.25% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Bessemer Al is White, with 23.68% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 8.31%. Among those working part-time, it was 26.13%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 35.00%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School47.42%
High School21.95%
Some College20.36%
Bachelors or Greater7.97%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed55.37%
Male Unemployed21.31%
Female Employed17.41%
Male Employed11.32%

Bessemer Al Income

Bessemer Al Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$31,308$43,819
Families$40,066$52,834
Married Families$60,905-
Non Families$20,783$28,808

Bessemer Al Marital Status

Bessemer Al Marital Status

Marriage Rates

29.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

32.4%

Male Marriage Rate

26.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Bessemer Al Married by Age and Sex

Bessemer Al Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Bessemer Al Marital Status by Race

Bessemer Al Veterans

1,897

Number of Veterans

1,636

Male Veterans

261

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam574
First Gulf War417
Korea238
Second Gulf War142
World War II105

Bessemer Al Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
Black1,1498.20%
White70311.76%
Other406.86%
Hispanic151.86%
2 or More52.89%

Bessemer Al Veterans by Education

16.40%

Veteran Poverty Rate

42.72%

Veteran Disability Rate

Bessemer Al Employment Status

53.4%

Labor Force Participation

46%

Employment Rate

13.9%

Unemployment Rate

Bessemer Al Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

81.22%

Born in Alabama

96.39%

Native Born

3.61%

Foreign Born

3.15%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

96.39% of Bessemer Al residents were born in the United States, with 81.22% having been born in Alabama. 3.15% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.