Benson, NC

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Living in Benson

Benson is a very small town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 3,922 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Benson is the 234th largest community in North Carolina.

Benson is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Benson is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Benson who work in healthcare (18.58%), sales jobs (13.38%), and management occupations (11.62%).

A relatively large number of people in Benson telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.36% 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 education level of Benson citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 17.80% of adults 25 and older in Benson have a college degree.

The per capita income in Benson in 2018 was $20,571, which is lower middle income relative to North Carolina, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $82,284 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 31.95% 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. Benson also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 18.23% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Benson include English, Irish, German, Scots-Irish, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Benson is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.