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.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Benson is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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%).

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.36% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

In terms of college education, Benson is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 17.80% of adults 25 and older in Benson have a bachelor's degree or advanced 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.