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Bessemer, Alabama

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Welcome to Bessemer ...

The city of Bessemer is located in Jefferson County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2015, Bessemer has a population of 26,730 people<1> (see below for details).

Bessemer was established in 1887.

The community of Bessemer is 510 feet [155 m] above sea level.<2>.

Time Zone: Bessemer lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Bessemer is located in the (205) area code.

The ZIP codes for Bessemer: 35020-35023<3>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Bessemer had a population of 27,456 people. This makes Bessemer the county's 4th most populous community.

The population of Bessemer represents 0.57% of the population of Alabama (which has 4,779,736 people), making it the state's 17th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 27,456 people, the population of Bessemer decreased 7.47% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 29,672 people).

Taken from the 2015 Census Estimates, Bessemer had an population of 26,730 people. This is a decrease of 2.64% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 9.92% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Bessemer.

Communities near Bessemer ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance and not the distance if driven.<4>.

Community   2015
Alabaster   [Map]   32,707   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
Birmingham   [Map]   212,461   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
Chelsea   [Map]   12,059   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
Fairfield   [Map]   10,907   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
Helena   [Map]   18,264   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
Homewood   [Map]   25,708   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Bessemer.

Communities Also Named Bessemer ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 11 communities that are also named Bessemer - they are located in Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania (3), Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Bessemer.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Bessemer. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Bessemer. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Bessemer. Our list includes 22 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Bessemer:

Websites for Bessemer ...

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TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Bessemer ...

Looking for more information about Bessemer? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you get an overview with links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Bessemer, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Bessemer.

Search for Local Businesses ...

People have found Google's 'Search-by-Location' to be a useful tool when planning visits to this area. We have prepared the following searches to help you find businesses, travel and vacation activities that are in (or close to) Bessemer. It's likely that the search results won't include all of the businesses that are in this area, but the results should give you a good foundation for further searches.

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PharmacyAuto PartsChurches
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Business Owners: To appear in the above search results, your business will need to be listed with the Google Places service. Please use the below link to learn about and register for the free service.

If you find an error or if your business wasn't included in the results, please contact Google to register your business or report an error. We simply link to 'Search-by-Location' and have no control over their results. Only a registered owner/operator can add their business or correct mistakes - we can not do it for you.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Jefferson County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Bessemer. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Bessemer.

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<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Bessemer - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<3>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Bessemer). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Bessemer or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Bessemer includes: 35020, 35021, 35022 & 35023.

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<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance beginning in Bessemer. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Bessemer) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Bessemer. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Bessemer

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bessemer. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3714, Longitude: -86.9708     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bessemer have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<5>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bessemer.


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