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Overview

Introduction to Bessemer City, North Carolina

Bessemer City, North Carolina, in Gaston county, is 5 miles W of Gastonia, North Carolina (center to center) and 25 miles W of Charlotte, North Carolina. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Charlotte - Gastonia - Rock Hill metropolitan area.

Bessemer City History

In 1754, King George II of England made a land grant to James Ormand and Adam Meek. The Ormand Mining Company, which was subsequently established by James Ormand, operated until the mid-19th century. During the 1840s, cotton, corn, and whiskey production were major contributors to the economy. The area now known as Bessemer City was purchased from the Ormand family by Sir Henry Bessemer who invented the "Bessemer Process" which was used for smelting iron. The city was named in his honor, and incorporated on March 6th, 1893.

Bessemer City and Nearby Attractions

  • Gaston County Museum of Art and History
  • Historic Rural Hill Farm
  • Schiele Museum
  • Kings Mountain National Military Park
  • Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
  • Crowders Mountain State Park

Things To Do In Bessemer City

Historic Rural Hill Farm, the former home of Major John and Violet Davidson, is now a historic site featuring walking trails and guided tours of historic buildings. Kings Mountain National Military Park, and Latta Plantation are other places of historic interest near Bessemer City. The Schiele Museum, and Gaston County Museum of Art and History have artifacts reflecting the natural and cultural heritage of the region. The city also offers easy access to the Green River where visitors can enjoy floating trips on the rapids. The South Mountain State Park offers views of the mountain range and waterfalls and also provides opportunities for the enjoyment of mountain biking, trout fishing, picnicking, and primitive and equestrian camping. Paramount's Carowinds Water & Theme Park, and Crowders Mountain State Park are other popular parks in the area.

Bessemer City Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Charlotte/ Douglas International Airport.

Bessemer City Higher Education

Belmont Abbey College, Cleveland Community College, and Gaston College are several colleges close to Bessemer City.

People

Total Population 5,455
Male Share of the Population 50.5%
Female Share of the Population 49.5%
Senior Citizens 13.6%
Employed Population 16+ 1,945
Age of the Population 39

Families

% of people married 35.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 6.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $44,410
% Above Poverty Level 76.6%
% Below Poverty Level 23.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 27.6%
Median Gross Rent $699
Median House Value $94,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.2%
US/American 0%
English 6.1%
Irish 9.8%

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

Bessemer City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles W of Gastonia, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 25 miles W of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Gaston
Metro Area Charlotte - Gastonia - Rock Hill
Standard Zip Codes 28016
Phone Area Codes 704
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.284
Longitude -81.284

Bessemer City 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 GASTONIA
Distance 8.6 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 50 F
Apr Temp 47 to 72 F
Jul Temp 69 to 89 F
Oct Temp 48 to 72 F
Annual Precip 44.8 inches
Station NINETY NINE ISLANDS
Distance 19.4 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 51 F
Apr Temp 43 to 71 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 45 to 72 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches
Station WINTHROP UNIVERSITY
Distance 28.1 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 52 F
Apr Temp 49 to 74 F
Jul Temp 70 to 90 F
Oct Temp 51 to 73 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cherryville 5,868 $52,105
Dallas 4,540 $50,163
Gastonia 73,211 $48,306
High Shoals 580 $52,813
Kings Mountain 10,792 $47,944
Ranlo 3,496 $48,125

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

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BESSEMER CITY HIGH
119 YELLOW JACKET LANE
704-629-2258
Serves 697 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

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