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Bessemer, Alabama (AL) Poverty Rate Data
Information about poor and low-income residents


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Poverty rates in Bessemer, AL

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2016:
Bessemer:

30.7%
Whole state:

17.1%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2016:
Bessemer:

14.0%
Whole state:

7.5%

Poverty rate among disabled males:
Bessemer:

23.4%
Alabama:

18.3%
Disability rate in this city among poor males (it is 29.8% among male residents who are not classified as poor):
Bessemer:

33.1%
Alabama:

32.0%

Poverty rate among disabled females:
Bessemer:

33.9%
Alabama:

25.0%
Disability rate in this city among poor females (it is 26.8% among female residents who are not classified as poor):
Bessemer:

33.6%
Alabama:

33.1%

Renting rate in this city among poor and not poor residents:
Residents below poverty level:

61.7%
Residents above poverty level:

33.2%

Poverty by age in Bessemer, AL

Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Bessemer
  • Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Bessemer,AL (percentage below poverty level)
  • 55.4%Under 5 years
  • 42.6%5 years
  • 49.5%6 to 11 years
  • 37.2%12 to 14 years
  • 8.2%15 years
  • 18.4%16 and 17 years
  • 23.2%18 to 24 years
  • 14.1%25 to 34 years
  • 10.7%35 to 44 years
  • 20.4%45 to 54 years
  • 26.1%55 to 64 years
  • 8.1%65 to 74 years
  • 5.6%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Bessemer
  • Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Bessemer,AL (percentage below poverty level)
  • 61.9%Under 5 years
  • 23.0%5 years
  • 48.8%6 to 11 years
  • 35.7%12 to 14 years
  • 6.6%15 years
  • 28.3%16 and 17 years
  • 25.6%18 to 24 years
  • 42.5%25 to 34 years
  • 26.4%35 to 44 years
  • 24.2%45 to 54 years
  • 17.5%55 to 64 years
  • 18.4%65 to 74 years
  • 20.2%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Bessemer, AL
  • Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Bessemer,AL (% below half of poverty level)
  • 21.4%Under 5 years
  • 30.3%5 years
  • 19.3%6 to 11 years
  • 15.0%12 to 14 years
  • 19.5%15 years
  • 14.8%16 and 17 years
  • 17.0%18 to 24 years
  • 11.6%25 to 34 years
  • 9.8%35 to 44 years
  • 9.4%45 to 54 years
  • 8.8%55 to 64 years
  • 6.4%65 to 74 years
  • 9.0%75 years and over

Poverty by race and place of birth in Bessemer, AL

Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Bessemer, AL
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Bessemer, AL (%)
  • 20.5%White
  • 25.5%Black
  • 43.3%American Indian
  • 0.0%Asian
  • 0.0%Native Hawaiian
  • 50.8%Other race
  • 47.8%2+ races
  • 43.4%Hispanic
Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Bessemer, AL
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Bessemer, AL (absolute numbers)
  • 1,180White
  • 4,728Black
  • 25American Indian
  • 0Asian
  • 0Native Hawaiian
  • 560Other race
  • 1412+ races
  • 476Hispanic
Poverty status for native-born residents
  • 26.2%Below poverty level
  • 73.8%Above poverty level
Poverty status for foreign-born residents
  • 25.6%Below poverty level
  • 74.4%Above poverty level

Poverty in families in Bessemer, AL

Children below poverty level:
Bessemer, Alabama:

42.7%
State:

24.3%
Poverty rate among high school graduates not in families:
Bessemer:

25.8%
Alabama:

23.4%
Poverty rate among people who did not graduate high school not in families:
Bessemer:

52.0%
Alabama:

46.9%
Poor families by family type
  • 19.2%Married-couple family
  • 4.6%Male, no wife present
  • 76.2%Female, no husband present
Breakdown of poor residents in Bessemer not in families by work experience
  • 1.1%Worked full-time, year-round
  • 14.7%Worked part-time
  • 84.1%Did not work
Breakdown of poor married-couple families by work experience
  • 1.6%Both worked full-time
  • 11.9%One full-time, other part-time
  • 10.6%One full-time, other didn't work
  • 1.8%Both worked part-time
  • 31.3%One part-time, other didn't work
  • 42.8%Both didn't work

Other data

Year house/condo built for residents below and above poverty levels
  • Owners below poverty level
  • 0.6%1999 to 2000
  • 0.0%1995 to 1998
  • 4.0%1990 to 1994
  • 2.7%1980 to 1989
  • 11.3%1970 to 1979
  • 15.0%1960 to 1969
  • 25.2%1950 to 1959
  • 20.8%1940 to 1949
  • 20.5%1939 or earlier
  • Owners above poverty level
  • 0.5%1999 to 2000
  • 2.1%1995 to 1998
  • 2.8%1990 to 1994
  • 7.8%1980 to 1989
  • 17.7%1970 to 1979
  • 20.2%1960 to 1969
  • 17.5%1950 to 1959
  • 13.3%1940 to 1949
  • 18.1%1939 or earlier
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