Bessemer, Alabama Population 2024

24,566

Bessemer is a city located in Jefferson County Alabama. Bessemer has a 2024 population of 24,566. Bessemer is currently declining at a rate of -1.4% annually and its population has decreased by -5.43% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 25,977 in 2020.

The average household income in Bessemer is $52,335 with a poverty rate of 32.04%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Bessemer is 41.8 years, 36.5 years for males, and 47.6 years for females.

Bessemer Demographics

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

  • Black or African American: 71.95%
  • White: 19.27%
  • Two or more races: 4.3%
  • Other race: 4.04%
  • Native American: 0.24%
  • Asian: 0.2%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:
State
Alabama
Land Area (mi²)
40.5 sq mi
Density (mi²)
606.0/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-5.43% (-1,411)
The current population of Bessemer, Alabama is 24,566 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 25,977.

Bessemer, Alabama Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
Black or African American18,62871.95%
White4,98919.27%
Two or more races1,1134.3%
Other race1,0474.04%
Native American610.24%
Asian520.2%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
showing: 7 rows

Black or African American

White

Two or more races

Other race

Native American

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Bessemer Population by Race

Bessemer Population Pyramid 2024

Bessemer Median Age

41.8

Total

36.5

Male

47.6

Female

Bessemer Adults

There are 20,486 adults, (5,317 of whom are seniors) in Bessemer.

Bessemer Age Dependency

70.7

Age Dependency Ratio

35.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

35.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Bessemer Sex Ratio

Female13,87853.6%
Male12,01246.4%

Bessemer Population by Age

Bessemer Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All10,3162.4354.345.7
Non Family4,7581.1247.652.4
Female2,6623.9443.956.1
Married2,4063.0978.821.2
Male4903.7156.343.7
showing: 5 rows

3.43

Average Family Size

2.43

Average Household Size

54.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Bessemer Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Bessemer Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Bessemer Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 86.63%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among 2+ races people with a rate of 19.89%.

Bessemer Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$34,099

Average Earnings

$38,238

Average Male

$31,412

Average Female

Bessemer Earnings by Educational Attainment

Bessemer Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Bessemer Language

94.24% of Bessemer residents speak only English, while 5.76% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.1% of the population.

Bessemer Language

Bessemer Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Black18,3905,48629.83%
Hispanic1,6701,16769.88%
White4,47686119.24%
Multiple1,10685677.4%
Other1,04771768.48%
Asian402050%
Native611524.59%
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32.04%

Overall Poverty Rate

30.54%

Male Poverty Rate

33.33%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Bessemer

The race most likely to be in poverty in Bessemer is Multiple, with 77.4% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Bessemer is White, with 19.24% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.56%. Among those working part-time, it was 30.91%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 37.32%.

Bessemer Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade34.38%
High School25.66%
Some College25.55%
Bachelors or Greater13.89%
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Bessemer Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed59.09%
Male Unemployed30.02%
Female Employed14.88%
Male Employed8.44%
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Bessemer Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Bessemer Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Bessemer Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

26.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

29.7%

Male Marriage Rate

23.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Bessemer Married by Age and Sex

male

female

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

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Bessemer Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

1,678

Number of Veterans

1,462

Male Veterans

216

Female Veterans

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Bessemer Veterans by War

count

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Bessemer Veterans by Age

count

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Bessemer Veterans by Race

Bessemer Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

12.05%

Veteran Poverty Rate

52.23%

Veteran Disability Rate

Bessemer Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

49.9%

Labor Force Participation

44.5%

Employment Rate

10.8%

Unemployment Rate

Bessemer Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Bessemer Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Bessemer Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

84.09%

Born in Bessemer

97.08%

Native Born

2.92%

Foreign Born

2.34%

Non Citizen

0.58%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

97.08% of Bessemer residents were born in the United States, with 84.09% having been born in Alabama. 2.34% 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

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202922,821-349-1.51%
202823,170-349-1.48%
202723,519-349-1.46%
202623,868-349-1.44%
202524,217-349-1.42%
202424,566-349-1.4%
202324,915-349-1.38%
202225,264-349-1.36%
202125,613-364-1.4%
202025,977-274-1.04%
201926,251-119-0.45%
201826,370-60-0.23%
201726,430-85-0.32%
201626,515-214-0.8%
201526,729-186-0.69%
201426,915-130-0.48%
201327,045-158-0.58%
201227,203-146-0.53%
201127,349-52-0.19%
201027,401-2,271-7.65%
200029,672-3,825-11.42%
199033,4971,7685.57%
198031,729-1,699-5.08%
197033,4283741.13%
196033,0544,60916.2%
195028,4455,61924.62%
194022,8262,10510.16%
193020,7212,04710.96%
192018,6747,81071.89%
191010,8644,50670.87%
19006,3581,81439.92%
18904,544
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Bessemer Population by Year