Bessemer City, North Carolina Population 2020

5,609

Bessemer City is a city located in North Carolina. With a 2020 population of 5,609, it is the 126th largest city in North Carolina and the 4453rd largest city in the United States. Bessemer City is currently growing at a rate of 0.74% annually and its population has increased by 5.04% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 5,340 in 2010. Spanning over 5 miles, Bessemer City has a population density of 1,078 people per square mile.

The average household income in Bessemer City is $48,647 with a poverty rate of 15.63%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $776 per month, and the median house value is $102,800. The median age in Bessemer City is 37.8 years, 39.6 years for males, and 36.7 years for females. For every 100 females there are 84.0 males.

Bessemer City Demographics

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

  • White: 80.07%
  • Black or African American: 15.43%
  • Other race: 3.11%
  • Two or more races: 0.79%
  • Native American: 0.61%
  • Asian: 0.00%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Bessemer City, North Carolina is 5,609, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 5,527.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 5,340.

Bessemer City, North Carolina Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White4,35480.07%
Black or African American83915.43%
Some Other Race1693.11%
Two or More Races430.79%
American Indian and Alaska Native330.61%

Bessemer City Population Pyramid 2020

Bessemer City Median Age

37.8


Total

39.6


Male

36.7


Female

Bessemer City Adults

There are 4,298 adults, (788 of whom are seniors) in Bessemer City.

Bessemer City Age Dependency

54.9

Age Dependency Ratio

22.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Bessemer City Sex Ratio

Female

2,955

54.34%

Male

2,483

45.66%

Bessemer City Households and Families

Bessemer City Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Bessemer City Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married70.4%29.6%
All55.7%44.3%
Female47.8%52.2%
Non Family45%55%
Male40.6%59.4%

55.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All1,9522.7755.7
Married8173.2970.4
Non Family6751.4645
Female2953.4547.8
Male1654.3640.6

3.32

Average Family Size

2.77

Average Household Size

8.1%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Bessemer City Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2577.06%
9th to 12th Grade69118.97%
High School Graduate1,41638.88%
Some College72920.02%
Associates Degree3158.65%
Bachelors Degree1754.81%
Graduate Degree591.62%

Bessemer City Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White2,8952,112161
Black63750873
Hispanic10670
Other Race5433
Native American44

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 black people with a rate of 11.46%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$29,656$35,429$26,588
Less Than High School$27,560$41,071$9,967
High School Grad$28,323$31,069$26,883
Some College$30,781$31,992$28,565
Bachelors Degree$45,664$46,953$40,329
Graduate Degree$$$

$29,656

Average Earnings

$35,429

Average Male

$26,588

Average Female

Bessemer City Language

Bessemer City Language by Age

Bessemer City Language

94.15% of Bessemer City residents speak only English, while 5.85% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.59% of the population.

Bessemer City Poverty

Bessemer City Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White4,06877819.12%
Black839637.51%
Multiple43818.60%

15.63%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.19%

Male Poverty Rate

16.01%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Bessemer City

The race most likely to be in poverty in Bessemer City is White, with 19.12% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Bessemer City is Black, with 7.51% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.95%. Among those working part-time, it was 24.63%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 25.31%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School26.90%
High School9.68%
Some College8.33%
Bachelors or Greater4.27%
Name Poverty
Male Unemployed36.30%
Female Unemployed14.47%
Female Employed9.97%
Male Employed3.63%

Bessemer City Income

Bessemer City Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$41,389$48,647
Families$52,311$53,916
Married Families$63,018-
Non Families$19,885$36,123

Bessemer City Marital Status

Bessemer City Marital Status

Marriage Rates

43.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.6%

Male Marriage Rate

42.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Bessemer City Married by Age and Sex

Bessemer City Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 35-44, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Bessemer City Marital Status by Race

Bessemer City Veterans

354

Number of Veterans

331

Male Veterans

23

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam146
First Gulf War80
World War II31
Second Gulf War24
Korea20
Age Group Veterans
35 to 54113
65 to 74112
75+97
55 to 6428
18 to 344
Name Veterans % of Total
White3058.78%
Black496.38%

$Bessemer City Veterans by Education

11.30%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.36%

Veteran Disability Rate

Bessemer City Employment Status

55.3%

Labor Force Participation

50.5%

Employment Rate

8.5%

Unemployment Rate

Bessemer City 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

79.42%

Born in North Carolina

97.77%

Native Born

2.23%

Foreign Born

1.18%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

97.77% of Bessemer City residents were born in the United States, with 79.42% having been born in North Carolina. 1.18% 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
20205,609410.74%
20195,568410.74%
20185,527661.21%
20175,461410.76%
20165,420200.37%
20155,400330.61%
20145,36790.17%
20135,358230.43%
20125,335-5-0.09%
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%