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Benson, Minnesota - Basic Facts

The City of Benson had a population of 3,066 as of July 1, 2019.

The primary coordinate point for Benson is located at latitude 45.315 and longitude -95.6 in Swift County. The formal boundaries for the City of Benson 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Benson: City of Benson.

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Benson, MN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Benson, MN Housing Affordability Index is 227
State of Minnesota Housing Affordability Index is 135
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Benson, MN Wealth Index is 53
State of Minnesota Wealth Index is 112
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 3,066 (100%)
Population in Households 2,981 (97.2%)
Population in Families 2,216 (72.3%)
Population in Group Quarters1 85 ( 2.8%)
Population Density 970
Diversity Index2 16
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $47,469
Average Household Income $59,119
Per Capita Income $26,803
Wealth Index4 53

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 1,544 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 881 (57.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 503 (32.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 159 (10.3%)
Median Home Value $107,057
Housing Affordability Index3 227
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 1,385
Average Household Size 2.15
Family Households 775
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population -0.19% -0.16%
Households -0.19% -0.14%
Families -0.28% -0.23%
Median Household Income   1.59%
Per Capita Income   2.24%

Benson, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Benson to the other 903 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Minnesota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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 # 209 77th
Population Density # 302 67th
Diversity Index # 415 54th
Median Household Income # 763 16th
Per Capita Income # 682 25th

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