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Bessemer, Alabama

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Introduction ...

Below are places that are close (or relative) to Bessemer.

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Around Bessemer ...

The largest community within a 50 mile [80 km] radius is Birmingham. It is located about 14 miles [22 km] to the northeast of Bessemer. Birmingham has a population of 212,000 people.<1>

The next largest community is Tuscaloosa. It is located about 33 miles [53 km] to the west of Bessemer and has a population of 99,500 people.

For comparison, Bessemer has a population of 26,500 people.

The following large communities are also in the area. Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance and not the distance if you drove.<2>

Community   2016
Alabaster   [Map]   32,948   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
Center Point   [Map]   ---   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
Gardendale   [Map]   13,783   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
Helena   [Map]   18,673   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
Homewood   [Map]   25,613   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
Hoover   [Map]   84,978   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
Hueytown   [Map]   15,561   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
Jasper   [Map]   14,003   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Mountain Brook   [Map]   20,590   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
Northport   [Map]   25,045   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Pelham   [Map]   23,050   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
Pell City   [Map]   13,794   E   42 miles [67.6 km]
Talladega   [Map]   15,451   E   50 miles [80.5 km]
Trussville   [Map]   21,422   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
Vestavia Hills   [Map]   34,688   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]

Below is a sample of neighboring communities:

Community   2016
Adger   [Map]   ---   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
Brighton   [Map]   2,833   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
Concord   [Map]   ---   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
Dolomite   [Map]   ---   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
Fairfield Village   [Map]   ---   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
Fairfield   [Map]   10,807   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
Greenwood   [Map]   ---   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
Industrial City   [Map]   ---   N   5 miles [8 km]
Lipscomb   [Map]   2,133   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
McCalla   [Map]   ---   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
Midfield   [Map]   5,171   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
New Village   [Map]   ---   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
North Johns   [Map]   141   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
Roosevelt-Cairo Village   [Map]   ---   NE   5 miles [8 km]
Shannon   [Map]   ---   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]

For more communities neighboring Bessemer, please visit our County-by-County Page for Bessemer.

Jefferson County ...

Bessemer is located in Jefferson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jefferson County: Bibb, Blount, Saint Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa & Walker.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Bessemer ...

As we travel, we always see a community name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Cloverdale   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast of Bessemer   [Map]
Flint Hill   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Glen Hills   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Hickory Grove   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Hopewell   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Laceys Chapel   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Pine Crest   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Rice   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Rockdale   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Shady Brook   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Skyview   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Bessemer ...

Looking for more information about Bessemer? A good source is the TripAdvisor website and we always start with their TripAdvisor Tourism page. The Tourism page gives you an overview and then the 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.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a new section that have been added to our Genealogy Helper Page for Bessemer.

We have a list of several cemeteries that are in the area around Bessemer. Our list includes the location of each cemetery, with the ability 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.

Websites We Enjoy ...

When we're planning a trip, we like to check the following websites for sights to see and places to visit:

For the State of Alabama

    Alabama Tourism
    Parks for Alabama

    Fishing in Alabama
    Hunting in Alabama

TripAdvisor Link for:

    Alabama Statewide Tourism
    Bessemer Tourism

    Additional communities can be found om the TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Bessemer

National Park Service (NPS) sites in Alabama

America's Byways - Scenic & Historic Roadways

RoadsideAmerica - Offbeat Tourist Attractions

Atlas Obscura - Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations

The Living New Deal - Sites in Alabama

Murals of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) - New Deal Art in Alabama

Airports Near Bessemer ...

Of the airports that we know about, these are some of the closest to Bessemer.

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)<3>  NFDC<4>
Bessemer Airport   [Map]   EKY   SSE   4 miles [6.4 km]
Shelby Co. Airport (ICAO: KEET)   [Map]   EET   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
Birmingham Intl. (BHM/KBHM)   [Map]   BHM   NE   18 miles [29 km]
Bibb Co. Airport   [Map]   0A8   SSW   30 miles [48.3 km]

When we're on the road, rather than always picking an airport that is close to our destination, we try to see if there might be another airport that would be a better fit to our travel plans.<5> To help with your planning, the following list of airports is organized by type and where they are relatively close to Bessemer.

Please keep in mind that these airports where chosen based on their air-distance from Bessemer. You should check the map and see how accessible they are when considering one airport over another.

Large Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Birmingham Intl. (BHM/KBHM)   [Map]   BHM   NE   18 miles [29 km]
Hartsfield - Jackson Intl. (ATL/KATL)   [Map]   ATL   E   147 miles [236.6 km]
Nashville Intl. (BNA/KBNA)   [Map]   BNA   N   190 miles [305.8 km]
Pensacola Rgnl. (PNS/KPNS)   [Map]   PNS   S   200 miles [321.9 km]
Northwest Florida Rgnl. (VPS/KVPS)   [Map]   VPS   S   201 miles [323.5 km]
Memphis Intl. (MEM/KMEM)   [Map]   MEM   NW   206 miles [331.5 km]

Smaller Airports with Scheduled Flights / Air Taxi Service

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Tuscaloosa Rgnl.(TCL/KTCL)   [Map]   TCL   WSW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Montgomery Rgnl. (MGM/KMGM)   [Map]   MGM   SSE   81 miles [130.4 km]
Huntsville Intl. (HSV/KHSV)   [Map]   HSV   N   88 miles [141.6 km]
Roanoke Muni.    [Map]   7A5   E   94 miles [151.3 km]
Northwest Alabama Rgnl. (MSL/KMSL)   [Map]   MSL   NNW   101 miles [162.5 km]

General Aviation Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Bessemer Airport   [Map]   EKY   SSE   4 miles [6.4 km]
Shelby Co. Airport (ICAO: KEET)   [Map]   EET   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
Bibb Co. Airport   [Map]   0A8   SSW   30 miles [48.3 km]

Additional Airport Information

For each of the airports listed below, we've linked to websites where detailed information about the airport can be found.

Birmingham Intl.   (BHM/KBHM)   [Map]
        Website for Birmingham - Shuttlesworth International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Hartsfield - Jackson Intl.   (ATL/KATL)   [Map]
        Website for Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Northwest Alabama Rgnl.   (MSL/KMSL)   [Map]
        Website for Northwest Alabama Regional Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Shelby Co. Airport   (ICAO: KEET)   [Map]
        Website for Shelby County Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Sylacauga Muni.   (ICAO: KSCD)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Nashville Intl.   (BNA/KBNA)   [Map]
        Website for Nashville International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Pensacola Rgnl.   (PNS/KPNS)   [Map]
        Website for Pensacola Regional Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Northwest Florida Rgnl.   (VPS/KVPS)   [Map]
        Website for Northwest Florida Regional Airport (Elgin AFB)
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Memphis Intl.   (MEM/KMEM)   [Map]
        Website for Memphis International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Tuscaloosa Rgnl.   (TCL/KTCL)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Montgomery Rgnl.   (MGM/KMGM)   [Map]
        Website for Montgomery Regional Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Huntsville Intl.   (HSV/KHSV)   [Map]
        Website for Huntsville International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Bessemer. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: 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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<3>The IATA and ICAO are organizations that, amongst other functions, provide identifying codes for airports. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is an airline trade organization. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is an agency of the United Nations. Although the codes are similar, be careful not to confuse them.

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<4>On an airport-by-airport basis, an NFDC report typically includes a description of airport operations, contacts, the runway(s), and radio, navigation & weather frequencies. The National Flight Data Center (NFDC) is operated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with the purpose of collecting, validating and disseminating information about airports.

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<5>When we are planning a trip (for example, to Bessemer), we usually look for the obvious: the choice of airlines that fly into the airport, the number of flights, the connections we have to make, which car rentals are available, etc. We also look for sights and attractions that we might find between any given airport and our destination - we do love exploring. We're willing to fly into a more distant airport if we can get the services and amenities that we like. Even though our choice of airport might be inconvenient to others, it usually gives us a better trip.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bessemer.