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.



Total Population5,462
Male Share of the Population48.6%
Female Share of the Population51.4%
Senior Citizens13.3%
Employed Population 16+2,036
Age of the Population39


% of people married38.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher6.1%
Median Earnings25+$30,011
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,081
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,634


Median Family Income$45,756
% Above Poverty Level77.9%
% Below Poverty Level22.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.2%
% Using Public Transportation0.2%


People Living Alone25.7%
Median Gross Rent$734
Median House Value$96,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)25.7%
French Except Basque1.6%
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Bessemer City Almanac

County Gaston County
Standard Zip Codes28016
Phone Area Codes704,980
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude35.28
Approximate Longitude-81.28

Bessemer City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance8.6 miles
Jan Temp29 to 50 F
Apr Temp47 to 72 F
Jul Temp69 to 89 F
Oct Temp48 to 72 F
Annual Precip44.8 inches
Distance19.4 miles
Jan Temp27 to 51 F
Apr Temp43 to 71 F
Jul Temp66 to 88 F
Oct Temp45 to 72 F
Annual Precip48.3 inches
Distance28.1 miles
Jan Temp33 to 52 F
Apr Temp49 to 74 F
Jul Temp70 to 90 F
Oct Temp51 to 73 F
Annual Precip48.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
High Shoals703$36,071
Kings Mountain11,053$47,644

Bessemer City Public Schools

Bessemer City Central Elem
1400 Puett's Chapel Road
ZIP: 28016
(704) 629-2206
Total Enrollment 307
Bessemer City High
119 Yellow Jacket Lane
ZIP: 28016
(704) 629-2258
Total Enrollment 646
Bessemer City Middle
525 Ed Wilson Road
ZIP: 28016
(704) 629-3281
Total Enrollment 550
Bessemer City Primary
1320 North 12th Street
ZIP: 28016
(704) 629-4181
Total Enrollment 384
Tryon Elementary
2620 Tryon Courthouse Road
ZIP: 28016
(704) 629-2942
Total Enrollment 374
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