Bessemer, Alabama Population 2020

26,348

Bessemer is a city located in Alabama. With a 2020 population of 26,348, it is the 21st largest city in Alabama and the 1454th largest city in the United States. Bessemer is currently declining at a rate of -0.36% annually and its population has decreased by -4.04% 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 650 people per square mile.

The average household income in Bessemer is $43,595 with a poverty rate of 28.06%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $758 per month, and the median house value is $83,500. The median age in Bessemer is 39.1 years, 35.8 years for males, and 41.4 years for females. For every 100 females there are 86.8 males.

Bessemer Demographics

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

  • Black or African American: 71.19%
  • White: 22.80%
  • Other race: 3.92%
  • Two or more races: 1.62%
  • Native American: 0.31%
  • Asian: 0.12%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.03%
The current population of Bessemer, Alabama is 26,348, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 26,538.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 27,456.

Bessemer, Alabama Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American19,05171.19%
White6,10022.80%
Some Other Race1,0503.92%
Two or More Races4331.62%
American Indian and Alaska Native830.31%
Asian330.12%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander90.03%

Bessemer Population Pyramid 2020

Bessemer Median Age

39.1


Total

35.8


Male

41.4


Female

Bessemer Adults

There are 20,765 adults, (4,785 of whom are seniors) in Bessemer.

Bessemer Age Dependency

67.5

Age Dependency Ratio

29.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

37.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Bessemer Sex Ratio

Female

14,322

53.52%

Male

12,437

46.48%

Bessemer Households and Families

Bessemer Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Bessemer Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married75.4%24.6%
All53.3%46.7%
Non Family51.5%48.5%
Male47.5%52.5%
Female35.8%64.2%

53.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All10,4312.4953.3
Non Family4,1161.1551.5
Female2,8533.4735.8
Married2,7933.3475.4
Male6692.9347.5

3.3

Average Family Size

2.49

Average Household Size

3.5%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.2%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Bessemer Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade8594.75%
9th to 12th Grade2,05911.38%
High School Graduate6,85037.87%
Some College4,15422.97%
Associates Degree1,6699.23%
Bachelors Degree1,84310.19%
Graduate Degree6543.62%

Bessemer Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Black12,20810,4311,659
White4,8724,155661
Hispanic64036872
Other Race42116614
Multiple Races25017774
Native American563831
Asian1212
Islander99

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 native american people with a rate of 55.36%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$27,279$31,238$25,280
Less Than High School$16,620$19,773$12,500
High School Grad$23,430$27,671$17,077
Some College$27,867$42,311$24,077
Bachelors Degree$40,816$49,411$39,063
Graduate Degree$59,273$50,455$61,146

$27,279

Average Earnings

$31,238

Average Male

$25,280

Average Female

Bessemer Language

Bessemer Language by Age

Bessemer Language

93.94% of Bessemer residents speak only English, while 6.06% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.01% of the population.

Bessemer Poverty

Bessemer Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black18,8165,49729.21%
White5,5601,10419.86%
Other1,04340338.64%
Hispanic1,14028925.35%
Multiple42322553.19%
Native831821.69%

28.06%

Overall Poverty Rate

26.37%

Male Poverty Rate

29.53%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Bessemer

The race most likely to be in poverty in Bessemer is Multiple, with 53.19% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Bessemer is White, with 19.86% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 7.37%. Among those working part-time, it was 22.79%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 34.84%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School38.14%
High School25.26%
Some College20.49%
Bachelors or Greater8.93%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed51.16%
Male Unemployed20.41%
Female Employed14.34%
Male Employed9.78%

Bessemer Income

Bessemer Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$31,610$43,595
Families$40,601$52,655
Married Families$59,049-
Non Families$21,194$28,243

Bessemer Marital Status

Bessemer Marital Status

Marriage Rates

29.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

31.7%

Male Marriage Rate

27.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Bessemer Married by Age and Sex

Bessemer 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 Marital Status by Race

Bessemer Veterans

1,759

Number of Veterans

1,512

Male Veterans

247

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam640
First Gulf War340
Korea198
Second Gulf War151
World War II62
Name Veterans % of Total
Black1,0577.44%
White67812.05%
2 or More176.80%
Hispanic162.04%
Other71.26%

$Bessemer Veterans by Education

13.86%

Veteran Poverty Rate

44.86%

Veteran Disability Rate

Bessemer Employment Status

53.9%

Labor Force Participation

46%

Employment Rate

14.7%

Unemployment Rate

Bessemer 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

82.38%

Born in Alabama

96.22%

Native Born

3.78%

Foreign Born

3.17%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

96.22% of Bessemer residents were born in the United States, with 82.38% having been born in Alabama. 3.17% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202026,348-95-0.36%
201926,443-95-0.36%
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%