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The City of Benson had a population of 3,096 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Benson is located at latitude 45.3149 and longitude -95.6071 in Swift County. The formal boundaries for the City of Benson (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.01 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Swift County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,047 feet.

The City of Benson (GNIS ID: 2394138) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Benson population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Benson: City of Benson.

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Benson, MN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 3,096
Population in Households 3,010
Population in Familes 2,238
Population in Group Qrtrs 86
Population Density1 1,030
Diversity Index2 13


Total Households 1,406
Average Household Size 2.14
Family Households 785
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,602 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 940 (58.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 466 (29.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 196 (12.2%)
Median Home Value $96,656
Average Home Value $119,229


Median Household Income $41,780
Average Household Income $59,525
Per Capita Income $27,322
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.72% -0.6%
Households -0.7% -0.62%
Families -0.85% -0.7%
Median Household Income   1.08%
Per Capita Income   1.27%
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, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Benson to the other 905 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Minnesota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 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 # 203 78th
Population Density1 # 267 71st
Diversity Index2 # 452 50th
Median Household Income # 740 18th
Per Capita Income # 466 49th

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