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Overview

Introduction to Bessemer, Alabama

Bessemer, Alabama, in Jefferson county, is 8 miles W of Hoover, Alabama (center to center) and 149 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia. Part of the surrounding Birmingham metro area, the city is not an isolated city.

Bessemer History

The modern day city of Bessemer was founded by Henry F. Debardeleben in 1887. Originally, the area was known as Brooklyn. However, its founder renamed the city Bessemer after Sir Henry Bessemer, the British scientist who invented the low-cost steelmaking process. Bessemer Land and Improvement Company was established the same year. On September 9, 1887, the people of the city voted to incorporate Bessemer. R.M. McAdory was elected the city's first mayor.

Bessemer and nearby Attractions

  • VisionLand Theme Park
  • Hall of History Museum
  • Splash Beach Water Park
  • Alabama Adventure Park
  • Oak Mountain State Park
  • Iron & Steel Museum of Alabama

Things To Do In Bessemer

While staying in Bessemer, you can visit the Watercress Darter National Wildlife Refuge. To explore the city's history, you can visit the Bessemer Hall of History and Bessemer Public Library. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Bessemer Plaza Shopping Center and West Town Plaza Shopping Center. Golf lovers can spend their leisure time at the Bessemer Municipal Golf Course and Bent Brook Golf Course.

Bessemer Transportation

International flights are available from Birmingham International Airport.

Bessemer Higher Education

Bessemer State Technical College is located in the city. Samford University and University of Alabama at Birmingham are also nearby.

Demographics

People

Total Population26,856
Male Share of the Population46.2%
Female Share of the Population53.8%
Senior Citizens17.5%
Employed Population 16+9,212
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married29.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher13.4%
Median Earnings25+$26,201
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$13,865
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,011

Wealth

Median Family Income$39,149
% Above Poverty Level69.3%
% Below Poverty Level30.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.9%
% Using Public Transportation1.3%

Housing

People Living Alone34.9%
Median Gross Rent$732
Median House Value$85,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)67.2%
Irish5.2%
African4%
English2.1%
Italian1%
French Except Basque0.7%
Nigerian0.4%
Dutch0.3%
Scottish0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Polish0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
German0.1%
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Bessemer Almanac

CategoryValue
County Jefferson County
Standard Zip Codes35020, 35022, 35023
P.O. Box Zip Codes35021
Phone Area Codes205
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude33.37
Approximate Longitude-86.96

Bessemer Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationBESSEMER 3 WSW
Distance2.6 miles
Jan Temp31 to 55 F
Apr Temp48 to 76 F
Jul Temp68 to 94 F
Oct Temp49 to 77 F
Annual Precip59.3 inches
StationPINSON
Distance25 miles
Jan Temp30 to 53 F
Apr Temp45 to 75 F
Jul Temp67 to 92 F
Oct Temp47 to 75 F
Annual Precip54.4 inches
StationCHILDERSBURG WATER PLANT
Distance35.9 miles
Jan Temp33 to 57 F
Apr Temp48 to 78 F
Jul Temp68 to 93 F
Oct Temp49 to 78 F
Annual Precip56.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Brighton2,868$30,048
Hoover84,100$101,608
Hueytown15,797$47,990
Midfield5,260$43,149
Pleasant Grove10,284$69,545
Sylvan Springs1,753$66,630

Bessemer Public Libraries

Bessemer Public Library
400 19TH STREET N
Bessemer, Alabama
(205) 428-7882

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Bessemer Hospitals

Medical West, An Affiliate Of Uab Health System
(Government - District/authority)
995 Ninth Avenue Southwest
(205) 481-7118

Bessemer Public Schools

Abrams Elem Sch
1200 23rd Street N
ZIP: 35020
Primary
Total Enrollment 375
Charles F Hard Elem Sch
2801 Arlington Ave
ZIP: 35020
Primary
Total Enrollment 303
James A Davis Middle Sch
100 High School Drive
ZIP: 35020
Middle
Total Enrollment 886
Jonesboro Elem Sch
125 Owen Ave
ZIP: 35020
Primary
Total Enrollment 721
New Horizon Alt Sch
1701 6th Ave N
ZIP: 35020
High
Bessemer Ctr For Tech
4940 Premiere Parkway
ZIP: 35022
High
Greenwood Elem Sch
1219 School Rd
ZIP: 35022
Primary
Total Enrollment 249
Greenwood Elem Sch
5012 Roselyn Road Southeast
ZIP: 35022
Primary
Total Enrollment 310
Jess Lanier High Sch
4950 Premiere Parkway
ZIP: 35022
High
Total Enrollment 1015
Westhills Elem Sch
710 Glenn Rd
ZIP: 35022
Primary
Total Enrollment 352
Concord Elem Sch
1886 Learning Lane
ZIP: 35023
Primary
Total Enrollment 366
Oak Grove Elem Sch
9000 Tiger Cub Trail
ZIP: 35023
Primary
Total Enrollment 545
Oak Grove High Sch
9494 Oak Grove Pkwy
ZIP: 35023
Other
Total Enrollment 865
W E Donaldson
100 Warrior Lane
ZIP: 35023

Bessemer Private Schools

Beulah Baptist Christian School
1022 2nd Ave N
ZIP: 35020
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
Jesus Christian Daycare And School
1732 11th Ave N
ZIP: 35020
Elementary
Total Enrollment 3
New Life Christian School Of Excellence
1622 7th Ave N
ZIP: 35020
Elementary
Total Enrollment 55
Bessemer Academy
1705 4th Ave Sw
ZIP: 35022
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 280
Dunnams Private School
811 Glenn Rd
ZIP: 35022
Elementary
Total Enrollment 100
Flint Hill Christian School
1630 Powder Plant Rd
ZIP: 35022
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 249
St Aloysius School
751a Academy Dr
ZIP: 35022
Elementary
Total Enrollment 140
Rock Creek Academy
901 Glaze Dr
ZIP: 35023
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 31
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