Bessemer is a city located in Gogebic County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 2,148. It is the county seat of Gogebic County6.
The city is situated within Bessemer Township, but is politically independent. It is on U.S. Highway 2 with Ironwood several miles to the west and Wakefield several miles to the east.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.2 km≤ (5.5 mi≤). 14.2 km≤ (5.5 mi≤) of it is land and none of it is covered by water.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 2,148 people, 976 households, and 569 families residing in the city. The population density is 151.6/km≤ (392.9/mi≤). There are 1,179 housing units at an average density of 83.2/km≤ (215.6/mi≤). The racial makeup of the city is 96.88% White, 0.14% African American, 1.21% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.42% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. 0.70% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 976 households out of which 25.6% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.1% are married couples living together, 9.8% have a female householder with no husband present, and 41.6% are non-families. 38.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 21.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.17 and the average family size is 2.88.
In the city the population is spread out with 23.0% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 22.9% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 42 years. For every 100 females there are 96.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 93.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $27,639, and the median income for a family is $36,739. Males have a median income of $28,958 versus $21,708 for females. The per capita income for the city is $17,499. 12.1% of the population and 8.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 17.0% of those under the age of 18 and 7.9% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.