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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.

People

Total Population 27,043
Male Share of the Population 46.5%
Female Share of the Population 53.5%
Senior Citizens 16.3%
Employed Population 16+ 8,785
Age of the Population 39

Families

% of people married 30.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.6%
Median Earnings25+ $26,734
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,306
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,693

Wealth

Median Family Income $37,595
% Above Poverty Level 67.1%
% Below Poverty Level 32.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 33.2%
Median Gross Rent $713
Median House Value $88,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 66.7%
US/American 0%
English 1.8%
Irish 4.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bessemer Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles W of Hoover, Alabama (center to center)
Nearest Large City 149 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia
County Jefferson
Metro Area Birmingham
Standard Zip Codes 35020, 35022, 35023
P.O. Box Zip Codes 35021
Phone Area Codes 205
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.401
Longitude -86.954

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)

Station BESSEMER 3 WSW
Distance 2.6 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 55 F
Apr Temp 48 to 76 F
Jul Temp 68 to 94 F
Oct Temp 49 to 77 F
Annual Precip 59.3 inches
Station PINSON
Distance 25 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 53 F
Apr Temp 45 to 75 F
Jul Temp 67 to 92 F
Oct Temp 47 to 75 F
Annual Precip 54.4 inches
Station CHILDERSBURG WATER PLANT
Distance 35.9 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 57 F
Apr Temp 48 to 78 F
Jul Temp 68 to 93 F
Oct Temp 49 to 78 F
Annual Precip 56.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Bessemer, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bess (35022)

Hopewell (35023)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brighton 2,904 $31,591
Hoover 83,547 $100,548
Hueytown 15,894 $50,936
Midfield 5,284 $46,290
Pleasant Grove 10,270 $70,014
Sylvan Springs 1,729 $60,700

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bessemer Public Libraries

Library
Bessemer Public Library
701 9TH AVENUE N
Bessemer, Alabama
(205) 428-7882
Library Web Site

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Bessemer Hospitals

MEDICAL WEST, AN AFFILIATE OF UAB HEALTH SYSTEM
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
995 9TH AVENUE SOUTHWEST
(205) 481-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Bessemer High Schools

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JESS LANIER HIGH SCHOOL
100 HIGH SCHOOL DR
205-432-3700
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,053 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.5

OAK GROVE HIGH SCHOOL
9494 OAK GROVE PARKWAY
205-379-5000
Serves 845 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.2

NEW HORIZON SCHOOL
1701 6TH AVE N
205-432-3037
A Non-traditional School

BESSEMER CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGY
1621 5TH AVENUE NORTH
205-432-3006
A Vocational School

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