Bessemer City, North Carolina Population 2021

5,685
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Bessemer City is a city located in Gaston County North Carolina. With a 2020 population of 5,685, it is the 126th largest city in North Carolina and the 4423rd largest city in the United States . Bessemer City is currently growing at a rate of 0.96% annually and its population has increased by 6.46% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 5,340 in 2010. Bessemer City reached it's highest population of in . Spanning over 5 miles, Bessemer City has a population density of 1,093 people per square mile.

The average household income in Bessemer City is $50,009 with a poverty rate of 13.40%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $772 per month, and the median house value is $109,100. The median age in Bessemer City is 37.5 years, 38.6 years for males, and 36.8 years for females.

Bessemer City Demographics

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

  • White: 81.94%
  • Black or African American: 14.31%
  • Other race: 2.74%
  • Native American: 0.53%
  • Two or more races: 0.48%
  • Asian: 0.00%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Bessemer City, North Carolina is 5,685 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 5,577.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 5,340.

Bessemer City, North Carolina Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White4,48381.94%
Black or African American78314.31%
Some Other Race1502.74%
American Indian and Alaska Native290.53%
Two or More Races260.48%
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Bessemer City Population by Race

Bessemer City Population Pyramid $2021

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Bessemer City Median Age

37.5


Total

38.6


Male

36.8


Female

Bessemer City Adults

There are 4,253 adults, (751 of whom are seniors) in Bessemer City.

Bessemer City Age Dependency

56.2

Age Dependency Ratio

21.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Bessemer City Sex Ratio

Female

3,051

55.77%

Male

2,420

44.23%

Bessemer City Population by Age

Bessemer City Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Bessemer City Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Male33.3%66.7%
Non Family38.8%61.2%
Female49%51%
All51.2%48.8%
Married64%36%

51.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Bessemer City Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All1,9942.7351.2
Married8623.2964
Non Family6311.338.8
Female3633.0849
Male1384.8633.3

3.28

Average Family Size

2.73

Average Household Size

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Bessemer City Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2536.82%
9th to 12th Grade60116.20%
High School Graduate1,47139.64%
Some College82122.12%
Associates Degree3028.14%
Bachelors Degree1824.90%
Graduate Degree812.18%
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Bessemer City Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Bessemer City Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White2,9922,296189
Black60047967
Hispanic10770
Other Race4527
2+ Races777
Native American55

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 2+ races people with a rate of 100.00%.

Bessemer City Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$29,040$34,953$26,182
Less Than 9th Grade$27,692$42,578$9,786
High School Graduate$27,088$31,771$26,326
Some College$31,228$32,557$29,875
Bachelors Degree$45,565$$32,500
Graduate Degree$$$

$29,040

Average Earnings

$34,953

Average Male

$26,182

Average Female

Bessemer City Earnings by Educational Attainment

Bessemer City Language by Age

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Bessemer City Language

93.77% of Bessemer City residents speak only English, while 6.23% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.96% of the population.

Bessemer City Language

Bessemer City Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White4,16965715.76%
Black783668.43%
Multiple261038.46%

13.40%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.48%

Male Poverty Rate

14.13%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Bessemer City

The race most likely to be in poverty in Bessemer City is Multiple, with 38.46% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Bessemer City is Black, with 8.43% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 0.44%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.33%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.08%.

Bessemer City Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade23.65%
High School10.81%
Some College7.21%
Bachelors or Greater4.94%

Bessemer City Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Unemployed21.54%
Female Employed8.63%
Female Unemployed6.11%
Male Employed1.75%

Bessemer City Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Bessemer City Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$40,714$50,009
Families$47,344$54,087
Married Families$61,776-
Non Families$24,859$38,652
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Income by Household Type

Bessemer City Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

44.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

47.8%

Male Marriage Rate

41.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Bessemer City Married by Age and Sex

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Bessemer City 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 City Marital Status by Race

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Bessemer City Marital Status

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260

Number of Veterans

250

Male Veterans

10

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam122
World War II31
First Gulf War31
Second Gulf War17
Korea7

Bessemer City Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 7488
75+72
35 to 5464
55 to 6433
18 to 343

Bessemer City Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White2276.55%
Black334.56%

Bessemer City Veterans by Race

Bessemer City Veterans by Education

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12.31%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.08%

Veteran Disability Rate

Bessemer City Veterans by Education

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53.9%

Labor Force Participation

49.4%

Employment Rate

8.2%

Unemployment Rate

Bessemer City Employment by Age

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Bessemer City Employment by Race

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Bessemer City 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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80.22%

Born in Bessemer City

97.44%

Native Born

2.56%

Foreign Born

1.30%

Non Citizen

1.26%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

97.44% of Bessemer City residents were born in the United States, with 80.22% having been born in North Carolina. 1.30% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Bessemer City Place of Birth

Note: 2020 and 2021 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20215,685540.96%
20205,631540.97%
20195,577540.98%
20185,523671.23%
20175,456380.70%
20165,418190.35%
20155,399330.61%
20145,36680.15%
20135,358220.41%
20125,336-4-0.07%
20115,340120.23%
20105,3282090.40%
20005,1194210.86%
19904,698-89-0.19%
19804,787-430-0.86%
19705,2171,2002.65%
19604,017560.14%
19503,9613941.05%
19403,567-172-0.47%
19303,7390.00%

Bessemer City Population by Year