Bessemer, MI Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Bessemer, Michigan - Basic Facts

The City of Bessemer had a population of 1,787 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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


Total Population 1,787
Daytime Population: Workers 742
Daytime Population: Residents 1,048
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 1,790
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.00
Population in Households 1,766
Population in Familes 1,320
Population in Group Qrtrs 21
Population Density2 327
Diversity Index3 9


Median Household Income $38,991
Average Household Income $50,663
Per Capita Income $23,632


Total Housing Units 1,130 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 608 (53.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 226 (20.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 296 (26.2%)
Median Home Value $52,904
Average Home Value $71,623


Total Households 834
Average Household Size 2.12
Family Households 478
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.88% -1.3%
Households -0.86% -1.28%
Families -0.92% -1.46%
Median Household Income   1.71%
Per Capita Income   2.65%

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, 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 # 322 54th
Population Density # 577 17th
Diversity Index # 612 12th
Median Household Income # 538 22nd
Per Capita Income # 343 51st

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