Founded in 1887, Bessemer is located in southwestern Jefferson County, ouside of Birmingham, eight miles west of Hoover.
Nestled in the Jones Valley at the end of the foothills of the Appalachian Chain, Bessemer sits strategically along Interstate 59/20 and is centrally located to the economic centers of Birmingham, Hoover, Tuscaloosa and the Mercedes Plant in Vance. The Birmingham-Hoover metropolitan area is home to over 1 million people. The population of Bessemer is 27,456.
Bessemer is located at 33°23′29″N 86°57′24″W (33.391343, -86.956569), about 18 miles southwest of Birmingham Alabama in Jefferson County, a little north of the center of the state.