Bessemer, Alabama Population 2022

25,731
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Bessemer is a city located in Jefferson County Alabama. Bessemer has a 2020 population of 25,731. Bessemer is currently declining at a rate of -0.56% annually and its population has decreased by -1.11% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 26,019 in 2010.

The average household income in Bessemer is $45,855 with a poverty rate of 25.91%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $764 per month, and the median house value is $100,100. 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 Bessemerwas:

  • Black or African American: 72.69%
  • White: 22.14%
  • Other race: 2.72%
  • Two or more races: 2.08%
  • Native American: 0.17%
  • Asian: 0.16%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.03%
The current population of Bessemer, Alabama is 25,731 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 26,019.

Bessemer, Alabama Population 2022

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White5,77022.14%
Black or African American18,94672.69%
American Indian and Alaska Native450.17%
Asian430.16%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander70.03%
Some Other Race7092.72%
Two or More Races5432.08%
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Bessemer Population by Race

Bessemer Population Pyramid 2022

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Bessemer Median Age

42.4


Total

38.7


Male

44.9


Female

Bessemer Adults

There are 20,862 adults, (5,292 of whom are seniors) in Bessemer.

Bessemer Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

34

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Bessemer Sex Ratio

Female

14,088

54.05%

Male

11,975

45.95%

Bessemer Population by Age

Bessemer Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Bessemer Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married76.2%23.8%
Male66.3%33.7%
All52.9%47.1%
Non Family50.2%49.8%
Female29.6%70.4%

52.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Bessemer Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All11,0842.2852.9
Married2,8533.0376.2
Male4992.9766.3
Female2,5353.629.6
Non Family5,1971.1550.2

3.23

Average Family Size

2.28

Average Household Size

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Bessemer Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade9325.08%
9th to 12th Grade1,7449.51%
High School Graduate7,35440.10%
Some College4,17222.75%
Associates Degree1,4597.95%
Bachelors Degree2,00810.95%
Graduate Degree6723.66%
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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
2+ Races43537386
Black12,44510,7661,933
White4,8464,197589
Hispanic71347272
Islander77
Asian4330
Native American2810
Other Race27086

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among 2+ races people with a rate of 19.77%.

Bessemer Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,623$34,688$28,831
Less Than 9th Grade$18,986$22,179$16,456
High School Graduate$29,078$35,846$26,953
Some College$30,032$46,488$25,968
Bachelors Degree$41,383$36,875$41,780
Graduate Degree$58,922$27,841$60,000

$30,623

Average Earnings

$34,688

Average Male

$28,831

Average Female

Bessemer Earnings by Educational Attainment

Bessemer Language by Age

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Bessemer Language

93.86% of Bessemer residents speak only English, while 6.14% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.28% of the population.

Bessemer Language

Bessemer Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Multiple53834263.57%
Hispanic1,12448042.70%
Asian341338.24%
Black18,6834,94326.46%
Native451022.22%
White5,20590317.35%
Other290NaN%

25.91%

Overall Poverty Rate

24.42%

Male Poverty Rate

27.16%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Bessemer

The race most likely to be in poverty in Bessemer is Multiple, with 63.57% below the poverty level.

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

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.44%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.80%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 31.54%.

Bessemer Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade36.57%
High School22.80%
Some College17.80%
Bachelors or Greater7.22%

Bessemer Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed6.20%
Male Unemployed25.17%
Female Employed13.50%
Female Unemployed48.15%

Bessemer Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Bessemer Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$30,284$45,709
Families$45,399$59,116
Married Families$71,825-
Non Families$22,281$29,429
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Income by Household Type

Bessemer Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

28.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

31.4%

Male Marriage Rate

26.9%

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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1,892

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War121
First Gulf War285
Vietnam759
Korea185
World War II55

Bessemer Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 3467
35 to 54329
55 to 64547
65 to 74563
75+386

Bessemer Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White89016.38%
Black9936.83%
2+ Races92.07%

Bessemer Veterans by Race

Bessemer Veterans by Education

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10.37%

Veteran Poverty Rate

49.83%

Veteran Disability Rate

Bessemer Veterans by Education

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53%

Labor Force Participation

45.7%

Employment Rate

13.8%

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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83.47%

Born in Bessemer

97.17%

Native Born

2.83%

Foreign Born

2.46%

Non Citizen

0.36%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

97.17% of Bessemer residents were born in the United States, with 83.47% having been born in Alabama. 2.46% 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: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
18904,5440.00%
19006,3581,8143.42%
191010,8644,5065.50%
192018,6747,8105.57%
193020,7212,0471.05%
194022,8262,1050.97%
195028,4455,6192.23%
196033,0544,6091.51%
197033,4283740.11%
198031,729-1,699-0.52%
199033,4971,7680.54%
200029,672-3,825-1.21%
201027,456-2,216-0.77%
201127,312-144-0.52%
201227,168-144-0.53%
201327,024-144-0.53%
201426,880-144-0.53%
201526,736-144-0.54%
201626,592-144-0.54%
201726,448-144-0.54%
201826,304-144-0.54%
201926,160-144-0.55%
202026,019-141-0.54%
202125,875-144-0.55%
202225,731-144-0.56%

Bessemer Population by Year