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Welcome to Bessemer ...

The city of Bessemer is located in Jefferson County<1>.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Bessemer has a population of 26,472 people<2> (see below for details).

Bessemer was established in 1887.

The community of Bessemer is 510 feet [155 m] above sea level.<3>.

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<4>

Websites for Bessemer ...

Chamber of Commerce:   www.bessemerchamber.com/

Although we don't have any websites that are specific to Bessemer, the following might be of interest:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Bessemer had an population of 26,472 people. This is a decrease of 3.58% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 10.78% since the 2000 Census).

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 (which had a count of 29,672 people).

More information can be found on the Census 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.

Communities near Bessemer ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Bessemer.

  • Birmingham [Jefferson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Birmingham
    • Birmingham [Jefferson County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the northeast of Bessemer
    • Estimated population in 2019: 209,403 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Birmingham
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Birmingham<6>
  • Hoover [Jefferson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hoover
    • Hoover [Jefferson County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the east of Bessemer
    • Estimated population in 2019: 85,768 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hoover
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hoover<6>
  • Vestavia Hills [Jefferson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vestavia Hills
    • Vestavia Hills [Jefferson County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the east of Bessemer
    • Estimated population in 2019: 34,413 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vestavia Hills
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Vestavia Hills<6>
  • Alabaster [Shelby County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alabaster have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alabaster
    • Alabaster [Shelby County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the southeast of Bessemer
    • Estimated population in 2019: 33,487 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alabaster
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Alabaster<6>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Homewood [Jefferson County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Homewood have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Homewood
      • Homewood [Jefferson County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the northeast of Bessemer
      • Estimated population in 2019: 25,377 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Homewood
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Homewood<6>
    • Pelham [Shelby County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pelham have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pelham
      • Pelham [Shelby County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the southeast of Bessemer
      • Estimated population in 2019: 23,911 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pelham
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pelham<6>
    • Mountain Brook [Jefferson County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mountain Brook have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mountain Brook
      • Mountain Brook [Jefferson County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the northeast of Bessemer
      • Estimated population in 2019: 20,297 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mountain Brook
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mountain Brook<6>
    • Helena [Shelby County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Helena have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Helena
      • Helena [Shelby County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the southeast of Bessemer
      • Estimated population in 2019: 19,925 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Helena
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Helena<6>
    • Gardendale [Jefferson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gardendale
      • Gardendale [Jefferson County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the northeast of Bessemer
      • Estimated population in 2019: 14,177 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gardendale
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gardendale<6>
    • Irondale [Jefferson County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Irondale have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Irondale
      • Irondale [Jefferson County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the northeast of Bessemer
      • Estimated population in 2019: 12,893 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Irondale
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Irondale<6>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Bessemer. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Bessemer.

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 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Bessemer.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Bessemer. Our list includes 22 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Bessemer.

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 can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Bessemer, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Bessemer.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

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.

The official website for Jefferson County: www.jeffcointouch.com/

The official website for State of Alabama: https://www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Alabama's counties, including Jefferson, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Bessemer.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Bessemer - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>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.
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. 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, 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: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Bessemer

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bessemer. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4020, Longitude: -86.9525    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






















 

 

 

 

 


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