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Benson, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Benson had a population of 3,493 as of July 1, 2016. Benson ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Benson is located at latitude 35.3871 and longitude -78.5409 in Johnston County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Benson (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.79 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Johnston County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 243 feet.

The Town of Benson (GNIS ID: 2405242) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Town of Benson is located within Township of Banner, a minor civil division (MCD) of Johnston County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Benson population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Benson, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 3,493
Population in Households 3,383
Population in Familes 2,658
Population in Group Qrtrs 110
Population Density1 1,254
Diversity Index2 64


Total Households 1,362
Average Household Size 2.48
Family Households 856
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,643 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 703 (42.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 659 (40.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 281 (17.1%)
Median Home Value $128,966
Average Home Value $162,179


Median Household Income $39,675
Average Household Income $55,240
Per Capita Income $22,673
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.86% 1.04%
Households 0.74% 1.02%
Families 1.35% 0.8%
Median Household Income   -0.29%
Per Capita Income   1.25%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Benson, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Benson to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 226 70th
Population Density1 # 143 81st
Diversity Index2 # 123 83rd
Median Household Income # 382 48th
Per Capita Income # 321 57th

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