Bessemer, Michigan

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Bessemer is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 2,148. It is the county seat of Gogebic County[3].

The city is situated within Bessemer Township, but is politically independent. It is on US 2 with Ironwood several miles to the west and Wakefield several miles to the east. The Big Powderhorn, Blackjack and Indianhead ski areas are located within a few miles of Bessemer. Cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are also very popular in this area known as Big Snow country because of heavy snowfall influenced by nearby Lake Superior.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.5 square miles (14.2 km²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,148 people, 976 households, and 569 families residing in the city. The population density was 392.9 per square mile (151.6/km²). There were 1,179 housing units at an average density of 215.6/sq mi (83.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.88% White, 0.14% African American, 1.21% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.42% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.70% of the population. 23.3% were of Italian, 18.7% Finnish, 13.8% German, 11.3% Polish and 5.7% Swedish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 976 households out of which 25.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.1% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.6% were non-families. 38.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.0% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 22.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 96.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.3 males.

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