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A+ Bessemer Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
A Bessemer Cost of Living Cost of living is 8% lower than Alabama
8218% less expensive than the US average
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Bessemer cost of living
F Bessemer Crime Total crime is 267% higher than Alabama
Total crime
12,777364% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 8364% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
10%Year over year crime is up
Bessemer crime
F Bessemer Employment Household income is 31% lower than Alabama
Median household income
$30,68245% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$17,92840% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%61% higher than the US average
Bessemer employment
F Bessemer Housing Home value is 34% lower than Alabama
Median home value
$85,30054% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$73223% lower than the US average
Home ownership
56%11% lower than the US average
Bessemer real estate or Bessemer rentals
F Bessemer Schools HS graduation rate is 2% lower than Alabama
High school grad. rates
78%6% lower than the US average
School test scores
24%50% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:14% lower than the US average
Bessemer K-12 schools or Bessemer colleges

Living in Bessemer, AL

Bessemer, Alabama is a moderately-sized city with a population of 26,856 residents. With a total of 71%, the Black or African American racial group makes up the majority of the population in Bessemer. The next most represented races are 24% White and 0% Asian. Bessemer is very likely to be a great place to live for singles as only 45%, of the population (over fifteen) is classified as married.

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very daunting task. However, it could also be a positive experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Bessemer, Alabama. With useful information like amenities, weather, education and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Bessemer and in the areas around Bessemer is a much easier task.

Using data and statistics Bessemer has received a livability score of 59 out of 100. This score is ranked in the 16th percentile when compared to all other cities. This score ranks well below the national average. With such a low livability score, it might be worth investigating a little further. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Bessemer has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+), cost of living (A) and weather (B-). Bessemer does not rank well for the following: crime (F), education (F), employment (F) and housing (F). It might be a good idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Bessemer has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Bessemer is real estate affordability. The median home price for Bessemer homes is $85,300, which is 33.6% lower than the Alabama average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Bessemer, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.8, which is 3.4% lower than the Alabama average.

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Compare Bessemer, AL Livability To Other Cities

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Bessemer, Alabama: What's Good, Bad and Getting Better

I find there are some good and bad points about living in Bessemer, Alabama. For a small town, Bessemer is really an industrial suburb of Birmingham. It was part of the old Alabama steel industry and has the look and feel of an old factory town, but when the steel companies moved out unemployment rose and continues to be a problem.

Along with unemployment, the crime rate has risen in Bessemer. Considering the fairly small population, I think the crime rate here is well above the rest of Alabama, but I know the City Council is working to make things better by inviting more business and jobs into the city.

On the positive side, I find the cost of living in Bessemer to be well within my budget. The weather is also a plus with mild winters, although the summers are warm and humid. Nightlife is a bit limited in Bessemer, and there are only a half dozen or so places to eat, but Birmingham with its restaurants and attractions is just a 20-minute drive away.
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Source: The Bessemer, AL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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