Benson is a very small town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 4,103 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Benson is the 205th largest community in North Carolina.
Benson is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 85.84% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Benson is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Benson who work in healthcare (26.49%), sales jobs (11.79%), and office and administrative support (7.66%).
Also of interest is that Benson has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
A relatively large number of people in Benson telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 12.47% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
The overall education level of Benson is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 26.19% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Benson in 2018 was $23,484, which is middle income relative to North Carolina, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $93,936 for a family of four. However, Benson contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Benson also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.42% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Benson is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Benson home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Benson residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Benson include English, Irish, German, Scandinavian, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Benson is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.