Bessemer, Alabama Population 2021

26,250
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Bessemer is a city located in Jefferson County Alabama. With a 2020 population of 26,250, it is the 21st largest city in Alabama and the 1471st largest city in the United States . Bessemer is currently declining at a rate of -0.42% annually and its population has decreased by -4.39% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 27,456 in 2010. Bessemer reached it's highest population of 33,497 in 1990. Spanning over 41 miles, Bessemer has a population density of 648 people per square mile.

The average household income in Bessemer is $45,855 with a poverty rate of 25.80%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $743 per month, and the median house value is $86,500. The median age in Bessemer is 39.5 years, 37.4 years for males, and 41.3 years for females.

Bessemer Demographics

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

  • Black or African American: 72.39%
  • White: 21.76%
  • Other race: 3.78%
  • Two or more races: 1.66%
  • Native American: 0.23%
  • Asian: 0.14%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.04%
The current population of Bessemer, Alabama is 26,250 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 26,583.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 27,456.

Bessemer, Alabama Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American19,31472.39%
White5,80621.76%
Some Other Race1,0093.78%
Two or More Races4431.66%
American Indian and Alaska Native610.23%
Asian370.14%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander100.04%
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Bessemer Population by Race

Bessemer Population Pyramid $2021

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Bessemer Median Age

39.5


Total

37.4


Male

41.3


Female

Bessemer Adults

There are 21,007 adults, (4,996 of whom are seniors) in Bessemer.

Bessemer Age Dependency

66.6

Age Dependency Ratio

31.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

35.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Bessemer Sex Ratio

Female

14,118

52.92%

Male

12,562

47.08%

Bessemer Population by Age

Bessemer Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Bessemer Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married73.7%26.3%
Male55%45%
All51.7%48.3%
Non Family49.6%50.4%
Female33.3%66.7%

51.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Bessemer Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All10,4922.4651.7
Non Family4,1141.1949.6
Female2,9733.4233.3
Married2,8003.273.7
Male6053.0255

3.24

Average Family Size

2.46

Average Household Size

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Bessemer Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade9935.45%
9th to 12th Grade2,08511.44%
High School Graduate6,90937.92%
Some College3,89221.36%
Associates Degree1,7099.38%
Bachelors Degree1,97910.86%
Graduate Degree6523.58%
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Bessemer Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Bessemer Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Black12,44810,6471,853
White4,6983,912609
Hispanic65032057
Other Race404108
2+ Races317235102
Native American401810
Asian1919
Islander1010

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among 2+ races people with a rate of 32.18%.

Bessemer Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$29,849$32,105$27,969
Less Than 9th Grade$17,183$17,778$16,482
High School Graduate$25,728$29,276$17,857
Some College$29,497$44,058$24,610
Bachelors Degree$39,403$41,250$39,403
Graduate Degree$62,926$$63,494

$29,849

Average Earnings

$32,105

Average Male

$27,969

Average Female

Bessemer Earnings by Educational Attainment

Bessemer Language by Age

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Bessemer Language

94.33% of Bessemer residents speak only English, while 5.67% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.22% of the population.

Bessemer Language

Bessemer Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black19,0805,26327.58%
White5,24286016.41%
Other1,00030430.40%
Hispanic1,14421118.44%
Multiple43216939.12%
Native61813.11%

25.80%

Overall Poverty Rate

24.45%

Male Poverty Rate

27.00%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Bessemer

The race most likely to be in poverty in Bessemer is Multiple, with 39.12% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Bessemer is Native, with 13.11% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.88%. Among those working part-time, it was 20.28%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 34.88%.

Bessemer Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade39.93%
High School23.22%
Some College18.81%
Bachelors or Greater9.72%

Bessemer Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed44.44%
Male Unemployed20.04%
Female Employed12.76%
Male Employed7.13%

Bessemer Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Bessemer Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$32,301$45,855
Families$42,403$55,899
Married Families$62,978-
Non Families$20,918$28,433
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Income by Household Type

Bessemer Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

28.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

29.4%

Male Marriage Rate

27.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Bessemer Married by Age and Sex

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Bessemer Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Bessemer Marital Status by Race

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Bessemer Marital Status

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1,857

Number of Veterans

1,627

Male Veterans

230

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam782
First Gulf War409
Korea167
Second Gulf War155
World War II77

Bessemer Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 74552
35 to 54520
55 to 64375
75+356
18 to 3454

Bessemer Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
Black1,1357.78%
White70512.89%
Hispanic172.16%
Other Race91.74%
2+ Races82.52%

Bessemer Veterans by Race

Bessemer Veterans by Education

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13.07%

Veteran Poverty Rate

43.02%

Veteran Disability Rate

Bessemer Veterans by Education

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54.5%

Labor Force Participation

46.4%

Employment Rate

14.9%

Unemployment Rate

Bessemer Employment by Age

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Bessemer Employment by Race

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Bessemer Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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82.65%

Born in Bessemer

96.86%

Native Born

3.14%

Foreign Born

2.92%

Non Citizen

0.22%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

96.86% of Bessemer residents were born in the United States, with 82.65% having been born in Alabama. 2.92% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Bessemer Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202126,250-111-0.42%
202026,361-111-0.42%
201926,472-111-0.42%
201826,583-58-0.22%
201726,641-92-0.34%
201626,733-210-0.78%
201526,943-188-0.69%
201427,131-136-0.50%
201327,267-158-0.58%
201227,425-150-0.54%
201127,575-53-0.19%
201027,628-2,044-0.71%
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%

Bessemer Population by Year