Bessemer City is a city located in Gaston County, North Carolina. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 5,119.
Bessemer City is located at 35°17'3" North, 81°16'58" West (35.284262, _81.282853)1.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.1 km˛ (4.3 mi˛). 11.0 km˛ (4.2 mi˛) of it is land and 0.1 km˛ (0.04 mi˛) of it is water. The total area is 0.70% water.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 5,119 people, 2,009 households, and 1,436 families residing in the city. The population density is 465.0/km˛ (1,205.6/mi˛). There are 2,149 housing units at an average density of 195.2/km˛ (506.1/mi˛). The racial makeup of the city is 83.49% White, 13.42% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 1.04% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. 3.50% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 2,009 households out of which 33.1% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.9% are married couples living together, 15.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 28.5% are non-families. 23.3% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.55 and the average family size is 2.98.
In the city the population is spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 31.1% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 89.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $33,826, and the median income for a family is $39,759. Males have a median income of $31,357 versus $23,133 for females. The per capita income for the city is $15,971. 11.9% of the population and 8.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 15.5% of those under the age of 18 and 11.9% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
- Official Bessemer City, NC website (http://www.bessemercity.com/)
- Maps and aerial photos
- Street map from Mapquest (http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?latlongtype=decimal&latitude=35.284262&longitude=-81.282853&zoom=6)
- Topographic map from Topozone (http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?lat=35.284262&lon=-81.282853&s=200&size=m&layer=DRG100)
- Aerial photograph from Microsoft Terraserver (http://terraserver.microsoft.com/map.aspx?t=1&s=14&lon=-81.282853&lat=35.284262&w=750&h=500)