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The City of Benson had a population of 3,107 as of July 1, 2017.

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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Benson: City of Benson.

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Benson, MN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 3,107
Daytime Population: Workers 1,963
Daytime Population: Residents 1,332
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 3,295
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.06
Population in Households 3,020
Population in Familes 2,244
Population in Group Qrtrs 87
Population Density2 1,033
Diversity Index3 14


Median Household Income $43,606
Average Household Income $62,134
Per Capita Income $28,642


Total Housing Units 1,600 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 936 (58.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 478 (29.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 185 (11.6%)
Median Home Value $98,397
Average Home Value $122,761


Total Households 1,415
Average Household Size 2.13
Family Households 790
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.58% -0.71%
Households -0.52% -0.72%
Families -0.65% -0.82%
Median Household Income   3.89%
Per Capita Income   3.71%

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, 2017 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 # 204 78th
Population Density # 267 71st
Diversity Index # 428 53rd
Median Household Income # 753 17th
Per Capita Income # 444 51st

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