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Benson, North Carolina - Basic Facts

Benson is the common name for the community and surrounding area while the formal official name is the Town of Benson.

It is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Johnston County at latitude 35.3821 and longitude -78.5486. Johnston County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 243 feet.

The formal boundaries for the Town of Benson (see map) encompass a land area of 2.79 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles.

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Benson, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 3,407
Population in Households 3,296
Population in Familes 2,595
Population in Group Qrtrs 111
Population Density1 1,223
Diversity Index2 63


Total Households 1,329
Average Household Size 2.48
Family Households 839
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,598 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 703 (44.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 625 (39.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 269 (16.8%)
Median Home Value $138,679
Average Home Value $172,834


Median Household Income $33,074
Average Household Income $44,729
Per Capita Income $17,757
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.67% 0.87%
Households 0.5% 0.81%
Families 1.52% 0.59%
Median Household Income   3.26%
Per Capita Income   2.28%
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, 2014 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 # 222 70th
Population Density1 # 144 81st
Diversity Index2 # 123 83rd
Median Household Income # 553 25th
Per Capita Income # 554 25th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE North Carolina Census Data Comparison Tool.