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Income/capita 40%
Household income 45%
Unemployment 61%
IndexBessemerAlabamaNational
Income per capita$17,928$24,736$29,829
Median household income$30,682$44,758$55,322
Median income owner occupied$44,143$55,873$70,586
Median income renter occupied$20,515$25,999$35,192
Median earnings male$24,461$34,323$36,919
Median earnings female$21,231$22,614$26,250
Unemployment rate7.5%4.8%4.7%
Poverty level30.7%18.4%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Bessemer is 40% lower than the national average
  • The median household income in Bessemer is 45% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Bessemer is 61% higher than the national average
  • The poverty level in Bessemer is 103% higher than the national average

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      am i middle class

      $Input your household income
      $20,452$30,682$61,364
      City
      $29,835$44,758$89,516
      State
      $36,877$55,322$110,644
      Nation
      According to the PEW research center, the middle class is defined as a range from two thirds (2/3) of the median household income to a multiple of two (2) times the median household income. Displayed above are the city, state and national median household income averages. Simply enter your median household income to determine if your income falls into the middle class or if your household income is considered upper or lower class.

      Bessemer median earnings by income bracket

      Bessemer employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry11.5%2.0%
      Manufacturing sector21.8%0.4%
      Financial & insurance services0.6%6.8%
      Wholesale & retail services15.8%17.2%
      Public administration2.8%3.9%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities7.7%3.8%
      Education, health & social services8.4%32.2%
      Other29.8%25.4%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Mountain Brook, AL20,532$129,777135%
      Indian Springs Village, AL2,529$100,07881%
      Vestavia Hills, AL34,243$93,17868%
      Meadowbrook, AL8,534$93,13968%
      Helena, AL17,630$84,88853%
      Bessemer, AL26,856$30,68245%

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Leisure City, FL26,861$33,74739%
      Norco, CA26,809$87,06757%
      Garden City, KS26,916$48,74312%
      Paramus, NJ26,795$101,79384%
      Belmont, CA26,918$120,169117%
      Bessemer, AL26,856$30,68245%
      Source: The Bessemer, AL employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).