Bessemer, MI Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Bessemer, Michigan - Basic Facts

The City of Bessemer had a population of 1,809 as of July 1, 2016. Bessemer ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Michigan. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Bessemer is located at latitude 46.4775 and longitude -90.0499 in Gogebic County. The formal boundaries for the City of Bessemer (see map below) encompass a land area of 5.47 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Gogebic County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,427 feet.

The City of Bessemer (GNIS ID: 1625928) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Bessemer population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Bessemer, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 1,809
Population in Households 1,789
Population in Familes 1,339
Population in Group Qrtrs 20
Population Density1 331
Diversity Index2 9


Total Households 851
Average Household Size 2.1
Family Households 489
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,134 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 625 (55.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 226 (19.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 283 (25.0%)
Median Home Value $50,625
Average Home Value $69,720


Median Household Income $36,718
Average Household Income $47,762
Per Capita Income $22,452
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.82% -0.73%
Households -0.68% -0.67%
Families -0.7% -0.79%
Median Household Income   1.9%
Per Capita Income   1.77%
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, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Bessemer to the other 692 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Michigan by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 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 # 320 54th
Population Density1 # 579 16th
Diversity Index2 # 627 9th
Median Household Income # 546 21st
Per Capita Income # 361 48th

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