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Population in 2014: 3,107 (99% urban, 1% rural). Population change since 2000: -8.0%
 
Males: 1,590  (51.2%)
Females: 1,517  (48.8%)
Median resident age:  45.7 years
Minnesota median age:  37.7 years

Zip codes: 56215.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $46,919 (it was $32,234 in 2000)
Benson:

$46,919
MN:

$60,702

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $27,055 (it was $17,269 in 2000)

Benson city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $84,443 (it was $63,700 in 2000)
Benson:

$84,443
MN:

$180,100

Median gross rent in 2013: $557.

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  • Races in Benson, MN (2010)

    Benson races chart
    • 3,10895.9%White alone
    • 832.6%Hispanic
    • 160.5%Black alone
    • 160.5%Two or more races
    • 80.2%American Indian alone
    • 70.2%Asian alone
    • 20.06%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone

Races in Benson detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Benson: 75.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (30.6%), Norwegian (25.1%), Irish (9.8%), Swedish (6.2%), English (5.0%), French (2.8%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 1040 feet

Land area: 2.48 square miles.

Population density: 1,252 people per square mile   (low).

Benson, Minnesota map

For population 25 years and over in Benson:

  • High school or higher: 85.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 20.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.5%
  • Unemployed: 4.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 13.2 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Benson city:

  • Never married: 25.8%
  • Now married: 48.8%
  • Separated: 0.8%
  • Widowed: 14.7%
  • Divorced: 9.9%

34 residents are foreign born

This city:

1.1%
Minnesota:

7.4%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $862 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $693 (0.9%)

Benson satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: St. Cloud, MN (71.5 miles , pop. 59,107).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Minneapolis, MN (116.5 miles , pop. 382,618).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (463.8 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Clontarf, MN (2.3 miles) , De Graff, MN (2.8 miles) , Danvers, MN (2.8 miles) , Murdock, MN (3.5 miles ), Hancock, MN (3.9 miles ), Holloway, MN (4.0 miles) , Kerkhoven, MN (4.1 miles ), Sunburg, MN (4.2 miles) .

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 4 buildings, average cost: $80,800
  • 1998: 9 buildings, average cost: $105,800
  • 1999: 10 buildings, average cost: $129,100
  • 2000: 9 buildings, average cost: $129,100
  • 2001: 8 buildings, average cost: $119,400
  • 2002: 18 buildings, average cost: $131,300
  • 2003: 6 buildings, average cost: $125,300
  • 2004: 7 buildings, average cost: $115,100
  • 2005: 7 buildings, average cost: $168,400
  • 2006: 8 buildings, average cost: $130,000
  • 2007: 12 buildings, average cost: $144,200
  • 2008: 1 building, cost: $185,000
  • 2009: 1 building, cost: $150,000
  • 2013: 1 building, cost: $190,000

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 45.32 N, Longitude: 95.60 W

Area code: 320

Benson household income distribution Benson home values distribution

Crime rates in Benson by Year
Type 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Murders 0000000000000
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0
Rapes 2251N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A00
per 100,000 58.160.2151.230.7N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A0.00.0
Robberies 1000001000000
per 100,000 29.00.00.00.00.00.032.80.00.00.00.00.00.0
Assaults 5641243424952
per 100,000 145.1180.6121.030.762.3129.298.5132.768.3122.5280.0159.164.0
Burglaries 121022141922155232125123
per 100,000 348.3300.9665.5429.8591.9710.6492.6165.9785.0643.2777.8381.996.0
Thefts 61814535585543413560798024
per 100,000 1,770.72,437.61,361.21,074.61,806.91,776.51,412.21,360.31,194.51,837.72,458.02,546.1768.2
Auto thefts 48791033531600
per 100,000 116.1240.7211.7276.3311.596.998.5165.9102.430.6186.70.00.0
Arson 0100000100000
per 100,000 0.030.10.00.00.00.00.033.20.00.00.00.00.0
City-data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 287.5) 196.4231.2273.9131.0183.2187.6161.0137.8158.1176.9258.8167.052.3

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City-data.com crime index counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

Crime rate in Benson detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2014, including police officers: 8 (7 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.24
Minnesota average:

1.65
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

3.8%
Minnesota:

3.2%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units


Population change in the 1990s: +129 (+4.0%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (28%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Construction (8%)
  • Utilities (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (30%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Other services, except public administration (9%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (7%)
  • Wholesale trade (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Production occupations (24%)
  • Management occupations (14%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (7%)
  • Transportation occupations (6%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (4%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (13%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (10%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (10%)
  • Management occupations (9%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (9%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (9%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)

Work and jobs in Benson: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Benson, Minnesota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Benson-area historical tornado activity is near Minnesota state average. It is 6% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/25/2000, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 28.9 miles away from the Benson city center killed one person and injured 15 people and caused $20 million in damages.

On 6/18/1964, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 22.7 miles away from the city center injured 13 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Benson-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Minnesota state average. It is 85% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 32.4 miles away from the city center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 41.6 miles away from Benson center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 201.8 miles away from the city center
On 10/20/1995 at 15:57:18, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 69.2 miles away from the city center
On 11/3/2002 at 20:41:56, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 240.4 miles away from Benson center
On 10/25/1990 at 06:25:25, a magnitude 3.9 (3.6 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 176.2 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Swift County (11) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Storms: 4, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Freeze: 1, Hurricane: 1, Tornado: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Benson topographic map

Birthplace of: Mark Kennedy (politician) - Businessman and politician, Sandra Peterson (politician) - Politician.

Hospitals and medical centers in Benson:

  • SWIFT COUNTY BENSON HOSPITAL (Government - Hospital District or Authority, 1815 WISCONSIN AVENUE)
  • SWIFT CTY BENSON HOSP HH CARE (2125 MINNESOTA AVENUE)
  • GOLDEN LIVINGCENTER - MEADOW LANE (2209 UTAH AVENUE)
  • MEADOW LANE HOME (WEST HIGHWAY 9)

airports located in Benson:

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Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Benson:

  • Ridgewater College (about 29 miles; Willmar, MN; Full-time enrollment: 3,288)
  • Minnesota West Community and Technical College (about 36 miles; Granite Falls, MN; FT enrollment: 2,225)
  • Alexandria Technical & Community College (about 40 miles; Alexandria, MN; FT enrollment: 2,324)
  • Southwest Minnesota State University (about 60 miles; Marshall, MN; FT enrollment: 3,711)
  • College of Saint Benedict (about 65 miles; Saint Joseph, MN; FT enrollment: 2,025)
  • Rasmussen College-Minnesota (about 70 miles; St. Cloud, MN; FT enrollment: 4,575)
  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College (about 72 miles; Fergus Falls, MN; FT enrollment: 4,863)

Public high schools in Benson:

Private high school in Benson:

Public elementary/middle school in Benson:

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Notable locations in Benson: Benson Golf Club (A), Ambush Park Campground (B), Benson (C), Ambush Park Campground (D), Swift County Historical Museum (E), Benson City Hall (F), Benson Fire Department (G), Swift County Law Enforcement Center (H), Swift County Courthouse (I), Benson Public Library (J), Swift County Historical Museum (K), Swift County Law Enforcement Center (L), Swift County Courthouse (M), Benson Public Library (N). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Benson include: Trinity Lutheran Church (A), Saint Francis Catholic Church (B), First Evangelical Free Church (C), Pilgrim Congregational United Church (D), Saint Mark's Lutheran Church (E), First Baptist Church (F), Trinity Lutheran Church (G), Assembly of God Church (H), Saint Francis Catholic Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Our Redeemer Cemetery (1), Benson City Cemetery (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

River: East Branch Chippewa River (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Parks in Benson include: Ambush Park (1), Roosevelt Park (2), Lathrop Park (3), Hoiland Park (4), Brock Field (5), Ambush Park (6), Roosevelt Park (7), Lathrop Park (8), Hoiland Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Hotels: Benson Inn (600 22nd Street South), Motel One (620 Atlantic Avenue Apt 12), Country Inn-Suites Benson (300 14th Street South), Rob's Motel (198 Highway 9 Northeast), Carriage House (720 Atlantic Avenue).

Swift County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 10.0%
(10.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 11.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for American Indian residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.1 people
Minnesota:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  56.4%
Whole state:  64.6%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  5.9%
Whole state:  6.9%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

People in group quarters in Benson in 2010:

  • 62 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 19 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 8 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities

People in group quarters in Benson in 2000:

  • 80 people in nursing homes
  • 23 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 13 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 9 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)

Benson, Minnesota environmental map by EPA

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Banks with branches in Benson (2011 data):

  • State Bank of Danvers: Benson Branch at 2010 Minnesota Avenue, branch established on 1999/07/06. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $43.0 mil, Deposits: $36.4 mil, headquarters in Danvers, MN, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 2 total offices, Holding Company: West 12 Bancorporation, Inc.
  • First Security Bank - Sleepy Eye: Benson Branch at 215 13th Street, South, branch established on 1876/01/01. Info updated 2011/03/15: Bank assets: $184.1 mil, Deposits: $157.6 mil, headquarters in Sleepy Eye, MN, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 7 total offices, Holding Company: First Sleepy Eye Bancorporation, Inc.
  • Bank of the West: Benson Branch at 1302 Atlantic Avenue, branch established on 1896/05/01. Info updated 2009/11/16: Bank assets: $62,408.3 mil, Deposits: $43,995.2 mil, headquarters in San Francisco, CA, positive income, 647 total offices, Holding Company: Bnp Paribas
  • RiverWood Bank: 1329 Pacific Ave Branch at 1329 Pacific Avenue, branch established on 1922/01/01. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $162.3 mil, Deposits: $128.6 mil, headquarters in Baxter, MN, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 8 total offices

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

10.2
Minnesota average:

10.7

Benson travel time to work - commute Benson mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Benson city (based on Swift County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant3,87313
Catholic2,3995
Evangelical Protestant1,78111
Other1-
None1,729-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
Swift County:

2.70 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

1.83 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
Swift County:

6.30 / 10,000 pop.
State:

3.90 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 13
Here:

11.69 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.98 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

7.7%
Minnesota:

6.5%
Adult obesity rate:
Swift County:

28.2%
Minnesota:

25.9%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

12.5%
State:

13.0%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

51.4%
Minnesota:

49.3%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Here:

47.0%
Minnesota:

46.1%

Average BMI:
Benson:

28.3
State:

28.5

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

20.4%
Minnesota:

21.5%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Benson:

11.9%
Minnesota:

10.1%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

7.0
Minnesota:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

32.5%
State:

33.2%

General health condition:
Here:

55.9%
State:

56.2%

Average condition of hearing:
Benson:

75.4%
State:

78.6%

More about Health and Nutrition of Benson, MN Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2013)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 3$13,406$53,6240$0
Other Government Administration 3$13,731$54,9240$0
Police Protection - Officers 6$28,720$57,4403$1,470
Police - Other 1$3,496$41,9520$0
Streets and Highways 3$11,325$45,3005$6,967
Parks and Recreation 1$3,359$40,3081$2,125
Water Supply 2$9,113$54,6780$0
Transit 2$6,649$39,8942$649
Other and Unallocable 3$11,260$45,0407$6,392
Totals for Government 24$101,059$50,53018$17,603

Benson government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $59,000 ($18.99)
  • Current Operations - Electric Utilities: $1,738,000 ($559.38)
    Liquor Stores: $775,000 ($249.44)
    Police Protection: $472,000 ($151.92)
    Sewerage: $430,000 ($138.40)
    Regular Highways: $403,000 ($129.71)
    Financial Administration: $313,000 ($100.74)
    Water Utilities: $283,000 ($91.08)
    General - Other: $244,000 ($78.53)
    Parks & Recreation: $205,000 ($65.98)
    Transit Utilities: $143,000 ($46.03)
    Solid Waste Management: $128,000 ($41.20)
    Fire Protection: $125,000 ($40.23)
    Air Transportation: $56,000 ($18.02)
    Libraries: $54,000 ($17.38)
    Central Staff Services: $39,000 ($12.55)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $28,000 ($9.01)
  • Electric Utilities - Interest on Debt: $218,000 ($70.16)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $101,000 ($32.51)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Electric Utilities: $2,412,000 ($776.31)
    Sewerage: $139,000 ($44.74)
    Water Utilities: $73,000 ($23.50)
    Transit Utilities: $50,000 ($16.09)
    Police Protection: $40,000 ($12.87)
    Parks & Recreation: $39,000 ($12.55)
    General - Other: $34,000 ($10.94)
    Liquor Stores: $20,000 ($6.44)
    Fire Protection: $13,000 ($4.18)
    Libraries: $11,000 ($3.54)
    Regular Highways: $4,000 ($1.29)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $786,000 ($252.98)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $38,000 ($12.23)

Benson government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Air Transportation: $28,000 ($9.01)
  • Charges - Sewerage: $461,000 ($148.37)
    Solid Waste Management: $153,000 ($49.24)
    All Other: $57,000 ($18.35)
    Parks & Recreation: $32,000 ($10.30)
    Regular Highways: $12,000 ($3.86)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $46,000 ($14.81)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $641,000 ($206.31)
    Interest Earnings: $157,000 ($50.53)
    Special Assessments: $14,000 ($4.51)
  • Revenue - Electric Utilities: $2,203,000 ($709.04)
    Liquor Stores: $790,000 ($254.26)
    Water Utilities: $326,000 ($104.92)
    Transit Utilities: $23,000 ($7.40)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $1,048,000 ($337.30)
    All Other: $235,000 ($75.64)
  • Tax - Property: $567,000 ($182.49)
    NEC: $24,000 ($7.72)
    Public Utilities: $15,000 ($4.83)

Benson government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Electric Utilities: $3,635,000 ($1169.94)
    Water Utilities: $781,000 ($251.37)
  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $1,776,000 ($571.61)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $925,000 ($297.71)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Electric Utilities: $3,635,000 ($1169.94)
    Water Utilities: $725,000 ($233.34)
    Other, NEC: $542,000 ($174.44)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $309,000 ($99.45)
    Water Utilities: $56,000 ($18.02)

Benson government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Bond Fund - Cash & Deposits: $427,000 ($137.43)
  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $11,159,000 ($3591.57)
  • Sinking Fund - Cash & Deposits: $105,000 ($33.79)

4.99% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($32,528 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.99%
Minnesota average:

6.51%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Kandiyohi County, MN  0.88% ($23,647 average AGI)
from Chippewa County, MN  0.47% ($30,278)
from Pope County, MN  0.28% ($59,273)


6.10% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($34,908 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.10%
Minnesota average:

6.71%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Kandiyohi County, MN  1.02% ($31,325 average AGI)
to Stearns County, MN  0.43% ($16,176)
to Pope County, MN  0.38% ($57,467)

Strongest AM radio stations in Benson:

  • KBMO (1290 AM; 1 kW; BENSON, MN; Owner: QUEST BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WBHR (660 AM; 10 kW; SAUK RAPIDS, MN; Owner: HERBERT M. HOPPE)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • WEBC (560 AM; 50 kW; DULUTH, MN)
  • KSTP (1500 AM; 50 kW; ST. PAUL, MN; Owner: KSTP-AM, LLC (DELAWARE))
  • KPRM (870 AM; 25 kW; PARK RAPIDS, MN; Owner: DE LA HUNT BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • KBRF (1250 AM; 10 kW; FERGUS FALLS, MN; Owner: RESULT RADIO, INC.)
  • KTIS (900 AM; 25 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • KMRS (1230 AM; 1 kW; MORRIS, MN; Owner: IOWA CITY BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KMSD (1510 AM; 5 kW; MILBANK, SD; Owner: BIG STONE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WWNL (1080 AM; 50 kW; PITTSBURGH, PA; Owner: STEEL CITY RADIO, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Benson:

  • KSCR-FM (93.5 FM; BENSON, MN; Owner: QUEST BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KRSU (91.3 FM; APPLETON, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • KNCM (88.5 FM; APPLETON, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • KQIC (102.5 FM; WILLMAR, MN; Owner: LAKELAND BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KRVY-FM (97.3 FM; STARBUCK, MN; Owner: IOWA CITY BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KLFN (106.5 FM; SUNBURG, MN; Owner: LAKELAND BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KIKV-FM (100.7 FM; SAUK CENTRE, MN; Owner: BDI BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KULO (94.3 FM; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: BDI BROADCASTING INC.)
  • KDJS-FM (95.3 FM; WILLMAR, MN; Owner: IOWA CITY BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KKOK-FM (95.7 FM; MORRIS, MN; Owner: IOWA CITY BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KOLV (100.1 FM; OLIVIA, MN; Owner: BOLD RADIO, INC.)
  • KMGK (107.1 FM; GLENWOOD, MN; Owner: BRANSTOCK COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Benson:

  • KWCM-TV (Channel 10; APPLETON, MN; Owner: WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA EDUCATIONAL TV COMPANY)
  • KCCO-TV (Channel 7; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: CBS BROADCASTING INC.)
  • KSAX (Channel 42; ALEXANDRIA, MN; Owner: KSAX-TV, INC.)
  • K49ED (Channel 49; APPLETON, MN; Owner: PRAIRIEVIEW TV, INC.)
  • K15DC (Channel 15; APPLETON, MN; Owner: PRAIRIEVIEW TV, INC.)
  • K19CW (Channel 19; APPLETON, MN; Owner: PRAIRIEVIEW TV, INC.)
  • K25EI (Channel 25; APPLETON, MN; Owner: PRAIRIEVIEW TV, INC.)
  • K31BT (Channel 31; APPLETON, MN; Owner: PRAIRIEVIEW TV, INC.)
  • K17CS (Channel 17; APPLETON, MN; Owner: PRAIRIEVIEW TV, INC.)
  • K23DF (Channel 23; APPLETON, MN; Owner: PRAIRIEVIEW TV, INC.)
  • K29CC (Channel 29; APPLETON, MN; Owner: PRAIRIEVIEW TV, INC.)
  • K33CR (Channel 33; APPLETON, MN; Owner: PRAIRIEVIEW TV, INC.)
  • K52AH (Channel 52; APPLETON, MN; Owner: PRAIRIEVIEW TV, INC.)
  • K54AK (Channel 54; APPLETON, MN; Owner: PRAIRIEVIEW TV, INC.)
  • K56BZ (Channel 56; APPLETON, MN; Owner: PRAIRIEVIEW TV, INC.)
  • K58EO (Channel 58; APPLETON, MN; Owner: PRAIRIEVIEW TV, INC.)
  • K60AB (Channel 60; APPLETON, MN; Owner: PRAIRIEVIEW TV, INC.)
  • K21AK (Channel 21; APPLETON, MN; Owner: TELEVIEW SYSTEMS OF MINNESOTA, INC.)
  • K17FA (Channel 17; WILLMAR, MN; Owner: UHF TV, INC.)
  • K39FE (Channel 39; WILLMAR, MN; Owner: UHF TV, INC.)
  • K52GK (Channel 52; WILLMAR, MN; Owner: UHF TV, INC.)
  • K14LF (Channel 14; WILLMAR, MN; Owner: UHF TV, INC.)
  • K54GG (Channel 54; WILLMAR, MN; Owner: UHF TV, INC.)
  • K20GD (Channel 20; WILLMAR, MN; Owner: UHF TV, INC.)
  • K27CK (Channel 27; WILLMAR, MN; Owner: WILLMAR ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH)
Benson fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2014

Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2014 (per 100,000 population)


Benson fatal accident list:

May 6, 2004 01:20 PM, M58, Idaho Avenue, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 1
Nov 14, 1997 04:17 AM, M31, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunken persons involved: 1
Feb 9, 1996 03:06 PM, M33, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Pedestrians: 1, Fatalities: 1
Jun 24, 1988 09:50 PM, 12, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
Jan 1, 1980 02:30 AM, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1
Jul 29, 1976 05:05 PM, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
Jul 29, 1975 05:05 PM, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 1Number of bridges
  • 5m16ftTotal length
  • 2,947Total average daily traffic
  • 442Total average daily truck traffic
  • 2,350Total future (year 2029) average daily traffic
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Benson)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 51 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Benson, MN)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 18 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 12 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 11 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Benson)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 11 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Benson)

Drinking water stations with addresses in Benson that have no violations reported:

  • BENSON (Address: 1410 Kansas Avenue , Population served: 3,240, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 23
  • Hazardous Condition: 3

Incident types - Benson

See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Benson, MN
Most common first names in Benson, MN among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John4576.9 years
Mary3881.0 years
Clara3285.3 years
Carl2879.8 years
Arthur2877.8 years
Anna2888.1 years
Richard2570.5 years
Henry2382.5 years
William2282.1 years
Mabel2286.0 years
Most common last names in Benson, MN among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson6280.8 years
Hanson3880.5 years
Olson3781.0 years
Anderson3679.4 years
Nelson3380.3 years
Larson2881.2 years
Lee2680.3 years
Thompson2280.2 years
Pederson2283.0 years
Knutson1880.5 years

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (81%)
  • Electricity (13%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3%)
  • No fuel used (2%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2%)
Businesses in Benson, MN
NameCountNameCount
Burger King1H&R Block1
Dairy Queen1Jones New York1
FedEx1True Value1

Benson compared to Minnesota state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
There are 12 pilots and 5 other airmen in this city.
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Top Patent Applicants
Top Patent Applicants
  • Rex L. Ruppert (7)
  • John Paul Honermann (5)
  • Jade Abner (3)
  • Jon Ellingson (3)
  • Rex Leroy Ruppert (3)
  • Kurtis Lee Mccuen (2)
  • John Honermann (2)
  • Dustin Tichy (2)
  • Jeffrey Wayne Thielke (1)
  • Robert L. Claussen (1)

Total of 33 patent applications in 2008-2016.