Bessemer City, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Bessemer City, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Bessemer City had a population of 5,422 as of July 1, 2017. Bessemer City ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Bessemer City is located at latitude 35.2847 and longitude -81.285 in Gaston County. The formal boundaries for the City of Bessemer City (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.72 sq. miles and a water area of 0.04 sq. miles. Gaston County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 902 feet.

The City of Bessemer City (GNIS ID: 2403865) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Bessemer City is located within Township of Crowders Mountain, a minor civil division (MCD) of Gaston County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Bessemer City population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Bessemer City: Crowders Mountain.

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Bessemer City, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 5,422
Population in Households 5,414
Population in Familes 4,412
Population in Group Qrtrs 8
Population Density1 1,148
Diversity Index2 42


Total Households 2,094
Average Household Size 2.59
Family Households 1,433
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,383 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,211 (50.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 883 (37.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 289 (12.1%)
Median Home Value $96,053
Average Home Value $128,509


Median Household Income $34,603
Average Household Income $48,523
Per Capita Income $18,621
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.21% 0.36%
Households 0.18% 0.34%
Families 0.15% 0.22%
Median Household Income   0.52%
Per Capita Income   2.38%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Bessemer City, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Bessemer City to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 142 81st
Population Density1 # 177 76th
Diversity Index2 # 423 43rd
Median Household Income # 560 24th
Per Capita Income # 599 19th

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