Located within Alabama, United States, the city of Bessemer is located in the Birmingham metropolitan area.
Bessemer is reasonably quiet overall, as noise from streets and other parts of the city is rarely an issue - although that is not the case around Interstate 459, Interstate 59, one of the railway lines or the airport (Bessemer Airport). Parks are spread out sporadically, which makes them very hard to reach. Despite that, there are a few green spaces close by for residents to explore, like Roosevelt Park.
The predominance of single detached homes in the housing stock of Bessemer is an important part of its character. This city also has a selection of unit sizes - homes range from lofts to four or more bedrooms. About 60% of the population of this city own their home whereas the rest are renters. The properties in this part of the Birmingham metropolitan area are quite old, because around one third of its buildings were constructed pre-1960, while many of the remaining buildings were constructed in the 1960s and the 2000s.
A fraction of house buyers in Bessemer may be able to travel to one of around 40 supermarkets on foot, while others will need another means of transportation. There are also over 100 restaurants in Bessemer. As far as education is concerned, locals may find it difficult to reach high schools and primary schools as pedestrians. Besides public schools, there are private elementary and secondary schools.
This part of the Birmingham metropolitan area is very car friendly. Nearby highways, such as Interstate 59, are reasonably easy to reach from anywhere in this city, and it is especially convenient to park. However, the public transit service in Bessemer is quite bad. Nevertheless, the city is served by a few bus lines. Most homes for sale in this city are located in areas that are not very suitable for walking as very few common errands can be run without the use of a vehicle.