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Bessemer is a city in Jefferson County, in the Birmingham-Hoover metro area.
The community was named for Sir Henry Bessemer, inventor of the low-cost steelmaking process.
The latitude of Bessemer is 33.401N. The longitude is -86.954W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 509 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 29,108.
Once a steel-making center.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Bessemer demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Jefferson County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Birmingham-Hoover area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 35226 ZIP code.
2% of Bessemer residents report German ancestry, and 4% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Bessemer ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Bessemer was $12,232, compared with $21,587 nationally.
9% of Bessemer residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Bessemer, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $245. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $702.
Libraries in Bessemer include Bessemer Public Library ... View libraries
TV stations in Bessemer include WDBB.
Jefferson County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Bessemer political report.
The average commute time for Bessemer workers is 24 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 15 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Bessemer between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 5.1 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was higher than the national norm.
Hotels in Bessemer include Best Western, Comfort Inn Bessemer, Days Inn, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, Jameson Inn Bessemer, Masters Economy Inn, Motel 6, Scottish Inn Bessemer, Sleep Inn Bessemer.
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