Benson, NC
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Benson is a very small town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 3,591 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Benson is the 234th largest community in North Carolina.

Unlike some towns, Benson isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Benson are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Benson is a town of professionals, service providers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Benson who work in management occupations (15.67%), teaching (13.56%), and maintenance occupations (8.71%).

Being a small town, Benson does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The population of Benson overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Benson, 24.81% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Benson in 2010 was $19,714, 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 $78,856 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 36.14% 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 32.58% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Benson include Irish, German, Scots-Irish, and Italian.

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