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0.69% decline
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3.6% growth
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5.45% growth
Median Property Value
3.18% decline

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The economy of Bessemer, AL employs 9,476 people. The economy of Bessemer, AL is specialized in Utilities; Manufacturing; and Accommodation & Food Service, which employ respectively 3.15; 1.52; and 1.37 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Bessemer, AL are Healthcare & Social Assistance (1,559), Retail trade (1,425), and Manufacturing (1,394), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($60,438), Utilities ($51,499), and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing ($43,162).

Median household income in Bessemer, AL is $30,682. Males in Bessemer, AL have an average income that is 1.47 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,369. The income inequality of Bessemer, AL (measured using the Gini index) is 0.471 which is lower than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Bessemer, AL. In Jefferson County, AL the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 6-17, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 107 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $9,495. Macon County, AL has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Alabama.


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The closest comparable data for the census place of Bessemer, AL is from the county of Jefferson County, AL.

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Bessemer, AL is home to a population of 26,856 people, from which 97.3% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Bessemer, AL is composed of 19,002 Black residents (70.8%), 6,220 White residents (23.2%), 1,092 Hispanic residents (4.07%), 303 Two+ residents (1.13%), and 171 Other residents (0.64%). The most common foreign languages in Bessemer, AL are Spanish (985 speakers), French (108 speakers), and African Languages (24 speakers), but compared to other places, Bessemer, AL has a relative high number of French (108 speakers), Gujarati (13 speakers), and Spanish (985 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Bessemer, AL awarded 138 degrees. The student population of Bessemer, AL is skewed away from females, with 83 male students and 55 female students. Most students in Bessemer, AL are Black or African American (82 and 59.4%), followed by White (51 and 37%), Unknown (3 and 2.17%), and Hispanic or Latino (1 and 0.72%). The largest universities in Bessemer, AL by number of graduates are ITT Technical Institute-Bessemer (138 and 100%), N/A (N/A and N/A), and N/A (N/A and N/A). The most popular majors in Bessemer, AL are System, Networking, & LAN/WAN Management (38 and 27.5%), Electrical, Electronic, & Communications Engineering Technology (31 and 22.5%), and Registered Nursing (22 and 15.9%). The median tuition costs in Bessemer, AL are N/A for private four year colleges, and N/A and N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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The median property value in Bessemer, AL is $85,300, which is 0.42 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value decreased from $88,100 to $85,300, a 3.18% increase. The homeownership rate of Bessemer, AL is 56.4%, which is lower than the national average of 63.6%. People in Bessemer, AL have an average commute time of 21.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Bessemer, AL is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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