Bessemer, Alabama


Pros

-Arts and culture
-Diversifying economy
-Mild winters

Cons

-Air service
-Crime rates
-Summer heat and humidity

Location

North-central Alabama, about 300 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico
Profile: Mid-sized city
Elevation: 618
Time zone: Central Standard Time

What Bert Has To Say About Birmingham-Hoover Metro Area


Birmingham is one of the South’s most misunderstood cities. A former steel and manufacturing center once known as the “Pittsburgh of the South,” Birmingham is still thought by many outsiders to combine the grittiness of this legacy with some of the other more unsavory images of the old South. But the truth is far different: Birmingham has experienced a major economic turnaround, and while not quite as far along as noted Southern stars like Charlotte, Raleigh Durham and Atlanta, the area has come a long way.

The steel industry is still evident but has transitioned into higher value-add manufacturing enterprises supporting the South’s growing automotive assembly industry, which surrounds the city in a few-hundred-mile radius in places like Tuscaloosa (Mercedes) Lincoln, AL (Honda), Montgomery, AL (Hyundai), and Spring Hill and Smyrna, TN (Saturn and Nissan). Beyond this industry, the economy has moved decidedly towards more new-economy enterprises in research, medicine, banking, finance, and technology. The area has become a magnet for young educated workers and their families looking for alternatives to Atlanta and other booming Southern centers. Nice older (and some newer) suburban neighborhoods have grown mainly south of the city towards Vestavia Hills and Hoover. The area scores relatively well in healthcare, arts, and the economy, and poorly in air service and climate.

Birmingham is located in a valley within a hilly area in the Appalachian foothills. Ridges rise to 600 feet above the valley floor, with a mix of open land and forest. The climate is decidedly southern, humid subtropical with a modifying influence from the Gulf of Mexico. Summers are long, hot, and humid with frequent thunderstorms. Winters are mild. Total annual rainfall is among the highest in the United States.


Highlights


CITY - Bessemer
ZIP CODES - 35020, 35022, ... 2 total
REAL ESTATE - For Sale  For Rent
SCHOOLS - See Local Schools

Quick Facts About Bessemer


ECONOMY
The unemployment rate in Bessemer is 8.60 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Negative. Bessemer jobs have Decreased by 0.97 percent.

COST OF LIVING
Compared to the rest of the country, Bessemer's cost of living is 21.60% Lower than the U.S. average.

POPULATION
As of 2014, Bessemer's population is 27,516 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -9.23 percent.

TRANSPORTATION
Average Commute time is 24 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

REAL ESTATE
The median home cost in Bessemer is $89,000. Home appreciation the last year has been -0.30 percent.

SCHOOLS
Bessemer public schools spend $12,222 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 16.7 students per teacher in Bessemer.


Bessemer Housing Market


It's not a good time to buy in Bessemer. Home Appreciataion is down -0.3% in the last 12 months. Browse Bessemer Real Estate.
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Comments


re: BESSEMER NEEDS OUR GUARDS TO CLEAN IT UP AND G
Melissa, as a citizen and business person of Bessemer I am trerrible Sad to hear of your experience. I have had the opportunity to live and travel to other area And... (read more)
Bessemer is the worst city
I have lived in many cities. The worst I have ever lived in is Bessemer, Alabama. Crime is rampant!!! There are parts of Bessemer that I would not go into even with a... (read more)
re: BESSEMER NEEDS OUR GUARDS TO CLEAN IT UP AND G
I grew up in Bessemer and it really was a nice place back in the day. But Bessemer has changed and seems to be a magnet for the "down and outs" from nearby downtown... (read more)
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