Bessemer, AL is located 16 miles southwest of Birmingham in the center of the American South. Hailed as The Marvel City, Bessemer combines rich history with a diverse economy to offer residents a high quality of life amidst the comfortable small-town landscape. With a population of approximately 27,500 residents, Bessemer is a unique community that is large enough to promote thriving businesses but small enough to feel like home. Search for Bessemer apartments for rent, and find a new home in the Heart of Dixie.
Bessemer was founded in 1886 by Henry Fairfield DeBardeleben, who wished to create a city that would become a center for steel production. He named the city after Sir Henry Bessemer, the inventor of the open-hearth method of steel production. The population exploded within two years, and today, Bessemer is still a haven of opportunity for Alabama residents. People here are friendly and welcoming, and enjoy tactile history in the town's Historic Lakewood neighborhood. Local residents can enjoy Alabama's Southern comforts without paying high living expenses. Bessemer's cost of living index of 87.8 is well below the United States average.
Alabama Adventure Theme Park is located in Bessemer, and invites people of all ages to splash around at one of Alabama's premiere water facilities. The park has different slides, games and adventure courses that offer a day of fun for local families. Bessemer residents join together for the annual BBQ and Blues Festival, which brings together favorite southern music and cuisine. Attendees can set up chairs in beautiful DeBardeleben Park to enjoy Bob Sykes BBQ, live music, children's activities, demonstrations and giveaway contests.
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