Benson, North Carolina

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Population in 2017: 3,732 (96% urban, 4% rural).
Population change since 2000: +27.7%
 
Males: 1,533  (41.1%)
Females: 2,199  (58.9%)
Median resident age:

41.2 years
North Carolina median age:

38.8 years

Zip codes: 27504, 27521, 27524.

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Estimated median household income in 2017: $36,670 (it was $26,582 in 2000)
Benson:

$36,670
NC:

$52,752

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $23,735 (it was $14,350 in 2000)

Benson town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $118,920 (it was $79,000 in 2000)
Benson:

$118,920
NC:

$171,200

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $138,019; detached houses: $140,500

Median gross rent in 2017: $583.

March 2019 cost of living index in Benson: 91.7 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 31.5%
(9.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 3.4% for Black residents, 78.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 95.3% for other race residents)
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  • Races in Benson, NC (2010)
    • 1,90857.6%White alone
    • 87326.4%Black alone
    • 46314.0%Hispanic
    • 321.0%Two or more races
    • 160.5%Asian alone
    • 100.3%American Indian alone
    • 90.3%Other race alone

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



According to our research of North Carolina and other state lists, there were 30 registered sex offenders living in Benson, North Carolina as of July 09, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Benson is 124 to 1.


Crime rates in Benson by year

Type

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(29.8)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(28.4)
0
(0.0)
1
(26.6)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
1
(29.9)
0
(0.0)
3
(86.4)
1
(28.1)
0
(0.0)
2
(59.6)
0
(0.0)
2
(57.9)
4
(113.4)
0
(0.0)
N/AN/A
Robberies
(per 100,000)
12
(358.5)
17
(496.8)
8
(230.5)
14
(393.9)
14
(385.5)
9
(268.4)
7
(204.9)
7
(202.8)
8
(226.9)
13
(356.4)
8
(212.5)
1
(26.4)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
72
(2,151)
20
(584.5)
22
(633.8)
21
(590.9)
33
(908.6)
13
(387.7)
22
(644.0)
21
(608.3)
9
(255.2)
7
(191.9)
13
(345.4)
25
(658.8)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
81
(2,420)
60
(1,753)
46
(1,325)
91
(2,560)
76
(2,093)
107
(3,191)
95
(2,781)
47
(1,362)
32
(907.5)
71
(1,946)
60
(1,594)
34
(895.9)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
209
(6,244)
175
(5,114)
145
(4,177)
113
(3,180)
148
(4,075)
158
(4,712)
163
(4,772)
139
(4,027)
125
(3,545)
148
(4,057)
118
(3,135)
108
(2,846)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
16
(478.0)
19
(555.2)
12
(345.7)
24
(675.3)
19
(523.1)
14
(417.5)
17
(497.7)
13
(376.6)
4
(113.4)
16
(438.6)
9
(239.1)
12
(316.2)
Arson
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
1
(29.2)
1
(28.8)
1
(28.1)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(29.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
4
(105.4)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)1019.1637.6552.6619.3648.7710.7615.6515.4481.0478.9442.1341.5

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City-data.com crime index in Benson, NC

Crime rate in Benson detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 11 (10 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.64
North Carolina average:

2.34
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Ancestries: American (19.6%), English (13.8%), Scotch-Irish (3.5%), Italian (2.2%), Irish (2.1%), German (1.6%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 1300 feet

Land area: 2.12 square miles.

Population density: 1,762 people per square mile   (low).

Benson, North Carolina map

396 residents are foreign born (8.8% Latin America).

This town:

10.5%
North Carolina:

7.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,609 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,347 (1.4%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Fayetteville, NC (30.3 miles , pop. 121,015).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Raleigh, NC (30.7 miles , pop. 276,093).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (369.5 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities:

Dunn, NC (2.5 miles ),
Coats, NC (2.7 miles ),
Four Oaks, NC (2.9 miles ),
Erwin, NC (2.9 miles ),
Plain View, NC (3.0 miles ),
Buies Creek, NC (3.3 miles ),
Spiveys Corner, NC (3.6 miles ),
Godwin, NC (3.7 miles)

Latitude: 35.38 N, Longitude: 78.55 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +867 (+23.0%)
Workers who live and work in this town: 146 (11.1%)

Area code: 919

Distribution of median household income in Benson, NC in 2017
Distribution of house value in Benson, NC in 2017
Benson satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 7 buildings, average cost: $116,200
  • 1998: 6 buildings, average cost: $116,700
  • 1999: 31 buildings, average cost: $96,200
  • 2000: 12 buildings, average cost: $106,800
  • 2001: 15 buildings, average cost: $121,900
  • 2002: 5 buildings, average cost: $190,000
  • 2003: 9 buildings, average cost: $137,200
  • 2004: 14 buildings, average cost: $109,600
  • 2005: 9 buildings, average cost: $120,400
  • 2006: 14 buildings, average cost: $125,000
  • 2007: 18 buildings, average cost: $145,000
  • 2008: 11 buildings, average cost: $137,700
  • 2009: 6 buildings, average cost: $141,400
  • 2010: 11 buildings, average cost: $150,000
  • 2011: 14 buildings, average cost: $144,600
  • 2012: 18 buildings, average cost: $170,600
  • 2013: 19 buildings, average cost: $169,000
  • 2014: 19 buildings, average cost: $169,000
  • 2015: 33 buildings, average cost: $142,400
  • 2016: 36 buildings, average cost: $153,100
  • 2017: 52 buildings, average cost: $173,800
Number of permits per 10,000 Benson, NC residents
Average permit cost in Benson, NC
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

3.8%
North Carolina:

4.1%
Historical population in Benson, NC
Historical housing units in Benson, NC
Most common industries in Benson, NC (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (10.0%)
  • Construction (8.6%)
  • Accommodation & food services (8.6%)
  • Public administration (6.5%)
  • Health care (5.1%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (4.3%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (3.9%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (15.3%)
  • Educational services (7.5%)
  • Motor vehicle & parts dealers (5.2%)
  • Textile mills & textile products (4.8%)
  • Accommodation & food services (4.6%)
  • Public administration (4.6%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (4.1%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Accommodation & food services (12.5%)
  • Educational services (12.5%)
  • Health care (9.3%)
  • Public administration (8.5%)
  • Social assistance (5.9%)
  • Finance & insurance (5.9%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (4.5%)
Most common occupations in Benson, NC (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (5.4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.8%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (4.5%)
  • Cashiers (4.4%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.0%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (3.6%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (3.5%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (6.4%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6.0%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.7%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (5.5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.9%)
  • Construction laborers (4.8%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4.3%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Cashiers (8.5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (7.3%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (5.6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5.3%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.6%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4.2%)
  • Child care workers (4.0%)

Average climate in Benson, North Carolina

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Benson, North Carolina environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI Ozone PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 63.2. This is about average.

City:

63.2
U.S.:

74.2
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 27.2. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 15.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

27.2
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 8.19. This is about average. Closest monitor was 15.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.19
U.S.:

8.46

Tornado activity:

Benson-area historical tornado activity is slightly above North Carolina state average. It is 10% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 3/28/1984, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 28.4 miles away from the Benson town center killed 3 people and injured 149 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 4/8/1957, a category F4 tornado 30.0 miles away from the town center killed 4 people and injured 70 people.

Earthquake activity:

Benson-area historical earthquake activity is near North Carolina state average. It is 86% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 11/22/1974 at 05:25:55, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 194.6 miles away from Benson center
On 12/9/2003 at 20:59:14, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB, 4.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 156.6 miles away from Benson center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG) earthquake occurred 247.4 miles away from Benson center
On 8/21/1992 at 16:31:55, a magnitude 4.4 (4.1 MB, 4.1 LG, 4.4 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 184.6 miles away from the city center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 356.9 miles away from the city center
On 4/13/1998 at 09:56:11, a magnitude 3.9 (3.5 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 121.2 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Johnston County (17) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 7

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 10, Droughts: 2, Ice Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Flood: 1, Freeze: 1, Storm: 1, Tornado: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Benson topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Benson:

  • LIBERTY COMMONS NSG AND REH JOHN (2315 HIGHWAY 242 NORTH)

Other hospitals and medical centers near Benson:

  • BLESSED HEALTH AND REHAB OF DUNN, LLC (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; DUNN, NC)
  • DUNN KIDNEY CENTER INC (Dialysis Facility, about 8 miles away; DUNN, NC)
  • BETSY JOHNSON REGIONAL HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals (about 8 miles away; DUNN, NC)
  • CORNERSTONE NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER (Nursing Home, about 8 miles away; DUNN, NC)
  • HARNETT WOODS NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER (Nursing Home, about 8 miles away; DUNN, NC)
  • GOOD HOPE HOSPITAL (Hospital, about 9 miles away; ERWIN, NC)
  • ERWIN #2 (Hospital, about 9 miles away; ERWIN, NC)

Amtrak station near Benson:

  • 19 miles: SELMA-SMITHFIELD (SELMA, 401 E. RAILROAD AVE.) . Services: public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Benson:

  • Campbell University (about 12 miles; Buies Creek, NC; Full-time enrollment: 5,127)
  • Johnston Community College (about 15 miles; Smithfield, NC; FT enrollment: 3,657)
  • Wake Technical Community College (about 21 miles; Raleigh, NC; FT enrollment: 16,265)
  • Methodist University (about 26 miles; Fayetteville, NC; FT enrollment: 2,313)
  • North Carolina State University at Raleigh (about 29 miles; Raleigh, NC; FT enrollment: 29,958)
  • Fayetteville State University (about 30 miles; Fayetteville, NC; FT enrollment: 5,297)
  • Mount Olive College (about 30 miles; Mount Olive, NC; FT enrollment: 3,097)

Public high school in Benson:

Public elementary/middle schools in Benson:

See full list of schools located in Benson

Points of interest:

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Tourist attractions: Coats Museum (109 South McKinley Street), American Legion Banner Post 109 (Cultural Attractions- Events- & Facilities; 605 North Wall Street), Coats Police Department (Cultural Attractions- Events- & Facilities; 237 North McKinley Street).

Hotels: Days Inn (202 N Honeycutt St), Dutch Inn (I 95 South).

Birthplace of: Earl Stephenson - Baseball player, John Raynor - Baseball player and coach, Matthew Johnson - College basketball player (Campbell Fighting Camels).

Johnston County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Benson and their reported violations in the past:

BENSON, TOWN OF (Population served: 4,671, Purch surface water):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between MAR-2014 and MAY-2014, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St AO (w/o penalty) issued (AUG-15-2014), St Public Notif requested (AUG-15-2014), St Formal NOV issued (AUG-15-2014)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between MAR-2014 and MAY-2014, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St AO (w/o penalty) issued (AUG-15-2014), St Public Notif requested (AUG-15-2014), St Formal NOV issued (AUG-15-2014)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JAN-2014 and MAR-2014, Contaminant: Chlorine. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (MAY-01-2014), St Public Notif requested (MAY-13-2014), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (MAY-13-2014), St Formal NOV issued (MAY-13-2014)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between OCT-2013 and NOV-2013, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St AO (w/o penalty) issued (FEB-19-2014), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-19-2014), St Public Notif requested (FEB-19-2014), St Compliance achieved (APR-23-2014)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between OCT-2013 and NOV-2013, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St AO (w/o penalty) issued (FEB-19-2014), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-19-2014), St Public Notif requested (FEB-19-2014), St Compliance achieved (APR-23-2014)
  • One minor monitoring violation
  • 2 other older monitoring violations
TUCKER LAKE (Population served: 50, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
Average household size:
This town:

2.4 people
North Carolina:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

60.5%
Whole state:

66.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

7.0%
Whole state:

5.9%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.5% of all households
128 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010
32 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers in 2010

Banks with branches in Benson (2011 data):

  • PNC Bank, National Association: Benson Branch at 400 South Wall Street, branch established on 1967/03/20. Info updated 2012/03/20: Bank assets: $263,309.6 mil, Deposits: $197,343.0 mil, headquarters in Wilmington, DE, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 3085 total offices, Holding Company: Pnc Financial Services Group, Inc., The
  • First Federal Bank: Benson Branch at 105 North Johnson Street, branch established on 1958/01/01. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $172.9 mil, Deposits: $151.2 mil, headquarters in Dunn, NC, negative income in the last year, 7 total offices
  • First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company: Benson Branch at 100 West Main Street, branch established on 1970/06/15. Info updated 2011/10/11: Bank assets: $20,566.4 mil, Deposits: $17,596.8 mil, headquarters in Raleigh, NC, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 433 total offices, Holding Company: First Citizens Bancshares, Inc.
  • Branch Banking and Trust Company: Benson Main Branch at 307 East Main Street, branch established on 1980/01/02. Info updated 2010/03/29: Bank assets: $168,867.6 mil, Deposits: $127,549.5 mil, headquarters in Winston Salem, NC, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1793 total offices, Holding Company: Bb&T Corporation
  • Four Oaks Bank & Trust Company: Benson Branch at 200 East Church Street, branch established on 1997/07/14. Info updated 2010/03/10: Bank assets: $916.5 mil, Deposits: $747.3 mil, headquarters in Four Oaks, NC, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 18 total offices, Holding Company: Four Oaks Fincorp, Inc.

For population 15 years and over in Benson:

Marital status in Benson, NC
  • Never married: 22.9%
  • Now married: 51.9%
  • Separated: 4.5%
  • Widowed: 8.2%
  • Divorced: 12.6%

For population 25 years and over in Benson:

  • High school or higher: 74.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 24.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 8.0%
  • Unemployed: 6.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 28.1 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

15.2
North Carolina average:

11.9

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Benson
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Benson, NC (based on Johnston County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant41,366173
Mainline Protestant12,78459
Catholic4,2631
Black Protestant2,04920
Other1,0926
None107,324-
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: 33
Johnston County:

2.10 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 3
Johnston County:

0.19 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 5
Here:

0.32 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 71
Johnston County:

4.53 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.75 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 97
Johnston County:

6.18 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

8.3%
North Carolina:

9.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Johnston County:

31.9%
North Carolina:

28.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

17.0%
North Carolina:

15.6%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

45.0%
North Carolina:

48.1%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

40.3%
North Carolina:

44.6%

Average BMI:
Here:

28.9
North Carolina:

28.8

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

24.2%
North Carolina:

21.2%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Benson:

12.0%
North Carolina:

10.8%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Benson:

6.8
North Carolina:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

32.7%
North Carolina:

33.6%

General health condition:
Benson:

50.4%
North Carolina:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
Here:

77.7%
North Carolina:

79.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Benson, NC Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 14$42,892$36,7653$1,333
Financial Administration 5$14,539$34,8940$0
Solid Waste Management 5$14,484$34,7620$0
Parks and Recreation 5$14,898$35,75512$3,899
Other Government Administration 4$17,542$52,6267$1,700
Water Supply 3$11,063$44,2520$0
Streets and Highways 2$4,928$29,5680$0
Electric Power 2$8,528$51,1680$0
Other and Unallocable 1$2,077$24,9240$0
Police - Other 1$2,679$32,1480$0
Firefighters 1$4,105$49,26011$4,240
Local Libraries 1$3,248$38,9763$3,375
Totals for Government 44$140,983$38,45036$14,547

Benson government finances - Expenditure in 2012 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Electric Utilities: $4,642,000 ($1243.84)
    Water Utilities: $1,953,000 ($523.31)
    Financial Administration: $825,000 ($221.06)
    Police Protection: $705,000 ($188.91)
    Parks and Recreation: $392,000 ($105.04)
    Local Fire Protection: $257,000 ($68.86)
    Regular Highways: $248,000 ($66.45)
    Solid Waste Management: $241,000 ($64.58)
    General - Other: $187,000 ($50.11)
    Libraries: $121,000 ($32.42)
    General Public Buildings: $88,000 ($23.58)
    Central Staff Services: $76,000 ($20.36)
    Sewerage: $63,000 ($16.88)
    Transit Utilities: $61,000 ($16.35)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $40,000 ($10.72)
    Natural Resources - Other: $34,000 ($9.11)
    Housing and Community Development: $25,000 ($6.70)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $87,000 ($23.31)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Parks and Recreation: $142,000 ($38.05)
    Police Protection: $57,000 ($15.27)
    Local Fire Protection: $22,000 ($5.89)
    Regular Highways: $18,000 ($4.82)
    General - Other: $7,000 ($1.88)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $1,000 ($0.27)
    Libraries: $1,000 ($0.27)
    Financial Administration: $1,000 ($0.27)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $1,594,000 ($427.12)

Benson government finances - Revenue in 2012 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $1,071,000 ($286.98)
    Solid Waste Management: $216,000 ($57.88)
    Parks and Recreation: $133,000 ($35.64)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $25,000 ($6.70)
    Other: $10,000 ($2.68)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $168,000 ($45.02)
  • Miscellaneous - Donations From Private Sources: $50,000 ($13.40)
    General Revenue - Other: $38,000 ($10.18)
    Rents: $13,000 ($3.48)
    Interest Earnings: $9,000 ($2.41)
    Sale of Property: $4,000 ($1.07)
  • Revenue - Electric Utilities: $4,383,000 ($1174.44)
    Water Utilities: $1,035,000 ($277.33)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $440,000 ($117.90)
    Other: $318,000 ($85.21)
    Highways: $100,000 ($26.80)
    Housing and Community Development: $25,000 ($6.70)
  • Tax - Property: $1,487,000 ($398.45)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $507,000 ($135.85)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $34,000 ($9.11)
    Other Selective Sales: $10,000 ($2.68)
    Motor Vehicle License: $7,000 ($1.88)
    Other License: $4,000 ($1.07)

Benson government finances - Debt in 2012 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,720,000 ($728.83)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,564,000 ($687.03)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $156,000 ($41.80)

Benson government finances - Cash and Securities in 2012 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,488,000 ($666.67)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $227,000 ($60.83)

9.11% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($51,350 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.11%
North Carolina average:

7.88%

0.03% of residents moved from foreign countries ($149 average AGI)
Johnston County:

0.03%
North Carolina average:

0.08%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Wake County, NC  3.58% ($53,700 average AGI)
from Harnett County, NC  0.47% ($42,360)
from Wayne County, NC  0.33% ($38,381)


6.43% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($47,648 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.43%
North Carolina average:

7.23%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Wake County, NC  2.08% ($49,741 average AGI)
to Harnett County, NC  0.51% ($35,240)
to Wayne County, NC  0.31% ($33,328)
Businesses in Benson, NC
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1KFC2
Advance Auto Parts1McDonald's2
AutoZone1Pizza Hut1
Burger King1Subway2
CVS1Taco Bell1
Days Inn1U-Haul1
Domino's Pizza1UPS2
FedEx1Waffle House1

Strongest AM radio stations in Benson:

  • WPYB (1130 AM; daytime; 7 kW; BENSON, NC; Owner: BENSON-DUNN BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WCKB (780 AM; 7 kW; DUNN, NC; Owner: NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • WPTF (680 AM; 50 kW; RALEIGH, NC; Owner: FIRST STATE COMMUNICATIONS)
  • WLLN (1370 AM; 5 kW; LILLINGTON, NC; Owner: ESTUARDO VALDEMAR RODRIGUEZ)
  • WMPM (1270 AM; 5 kW; SMITHFIELD, NC; Owner: CAROLINA BROADCASTING SERVICE, INC.)
  • WFNC (640 AM; 10 kW; FAYETTEVILLE, NC; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WFTK (1030 AM; daytime; 50 kW; WAKE FOREST, NC; Owner: POSITIVE RADIO GROUP, INC.)
  • WETC (540 AM; 8 kW; WENDELL-ZEBULON, NC; Owner: CAROLINA REGIONAL BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WRBZ (850 AM; 10 kW; RALEIGH, NC; Owner: ALCHEMY COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED PARTNERSHIP #1)
  • WHPY (1590 AM; 5 kW; CLAYTON, NC; Owner: FELLOWSHIP CHRISTIAN ACADEMY)
  • WDJS (1430 AM; 10 kW; MOUNT OLIVE, NC; Owner: MOUNT OLIVE BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WCRY (1460 AM; 5 kW; FUQUAY-VARINA, NC)
  • WGTM (590 AM; 5 kW; WILSON, NC; Owner: SPIRIT BROADCASTING, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Benson:

  • WRAL (101.5 FM; RALEIGH, NC; Owner: WRAL-FM, INC.)
  • WCCE (90.1 FM; BUIES CREEK, NC; Owner: CAMPBELL UNIVERSITY, INCORPORATED)
  • WQDR (94.7 FM; RALEIGH, NC; Owner: CAROLINA MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • WBBB (96.1 FM; RALEIGH, NC; Owner: CAROLINA MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • WYMY (96.9 FM; GOLDSBORO, NC; Owner: NEW AGE COMMUNICATIONS, LTD.)
  • WUAW (88.3 FM; ERWIN, NC; Owner: CENTRAL CAROLINA COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • WRDU (106.1 FM; WILSON, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WCLN-FM (107.3 FM; CLINTON, NC; Owner: CHRISTIAN LISTENING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WQSM (98.1 FM; FAYETTEVILLE, NC; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WNNL (103.9 FM; FUQUAY-VARINA, NC; Owner: RADIO ONE LICENSES, LLC)
  • WTRG (100.7 FM; ROCKY MOUNT, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WCPE (89.7 FM; RALEIGH, NC; Owner: EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION CORPORATION)
  • WRSN (93.9 FM; BURLINGTON, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WRNS-FM (95.1 FM; KINSTON, NC; Owner: NM LICENSING, LLC)
  • WUNC (91.5 FM; CHAPEL HILL, NC; Owner: BOARD OF TRUSTEES UNIVERSITY OF NC AT CHAPEL HILL)
  • WRCQ (103.5 FM; DUNN, NC; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WSHA (88.9 FM; RALEIGH, NC; Owner: SHAW UNIVERSITY)
  • WWMY (102.9 FM; RALEIGH, NC; Owner: WWND, L.L.C.)
  • WKIX (102.3 FM; GOLDSBORO, NC; Owner: NEW AGE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • W276AX (103.1 FM; PRINCETON, ETC., NC; Owner: GRACE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL)

TV broadcast stations around Benson:

  • WTVD (Channel 11; DURHAM, NC; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WRAL-TV (Channel 5; RALEIGH, NC; Owner: CAPITOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WNCN (Channel 17; GOLDSBORO, NC; Owner: OUTLET BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WLFL (Channel 22; RALEIGH, NC; Owner: WLFL LICENSEE, LLC)
  • WRDC (Channel 28; DURHAM, NC; Owner: RALEIGH (WRDC-TV) LICENSEE, INC.)
  • WRAZ (Channel 50; RALEIGH, NC; Owner: WRAZ-TV, INC.)
  • WUVC (Channel 40; FAYETTEVILLE, NC; Owner: CAPITAL BROADCASTING PARTNERS)
  • WRAY-TV (Channel 30; WILSON, NC; Owner: WRAY, INC.)
  • WACN-LP (Channel 34; APEX, NC; Owner: WORD OF GOD FELLOWSHIP, INC.)
  • W64CN (Channel 64; RALEIGH, NC; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • WECT (Channel 6; WILMINGTON, NC; Owner: RAYCOM AMERICA, INC.)
  • WARZ-LP (Channel 34; SMITHFIELD/SELMA, NC; Owner: WATERS & BROCK COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WRPX (Channel 47; ROCKY MOUNT, NC; Owner: PAXSON RALEIGH LICENSE, INC.)
  • WHOA-LP (Channel 60; RALEIGH, NC; Owner: TIGER EYE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • W66DF (Channel 66; FAYETTEVILLE, NC; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • WUNC-TV (Channel 4; CHAPEL HILL, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • WWIW-LP (Channel 66; RALEIGH, NC; Owner: WORD OF GOD FELLOWSHIP, INC.)
  • W68BK (Channel 68; RALEIGH, NC; Owner: SAINT AUGUSTINE'S COLLEGE)
  • W58CD (Channel 58; RALEIGH, NC; Owner: VENTANA TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WHFL-LP (Channel 56; GOLDSBORO, NC; Owner: FREE LIFE MINISTRIES, INC.)
Benson fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
See more detailed statistics of Benson fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 86Number of bridges
  • 594ft / 181mTotal length
  • 1,014,130Total average daily traffic
  • 213,924Total average daily truck traffic
  • 804,660Total future (year 2025) average daily traffic
New bridges in Benson, NC - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11940-1949
  • 91950-1959
  • 21960-1969
  • 31970-1979
  • 511980-1989
  • 71990-1999
  • 82000-2009
  • 52010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Benson, NC

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Benson)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

46 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers:

1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Benson, NC)

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

13 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

5
  • BENSON, 1900' Nw Of Int Of Sr 50 & Sr 11 (Lat: 35.367639 Lon: -78.514444), Overall height: 126.5 m, Call Sign: WMM383,
    Assigned Frequencies: 6256.54 MHz, Grant Date: 01/19/2011, Expiration Date: 02/01/2021, Cancellation Date: 07/08/2015, Certifier: Glenn S Rabin, Registrant: Verizon Wireless, 1120 Sanctuary Pkwy, #150 Gasa5reg, Alpharetta, GA 30009-7630, Phone: (770) 797-1070, Fax: (770) 797-1036, Email:
  • BENSON TOWER, Nc 50 (Lat: 35.367778 Lon: -78.514444), Type: Tower, Structure height: 121.9 m, Overall height: 126.5 m, Call Sign: WPSG609,
    Assigned Frequencies: 6755.62 MHz, Grant Date: 02/02/2011, Expiration Date: 04/18/2021, Certifier: Jason Barbour, Registrant: Johnston County 911 Communications, 120 South Third Street, Smithfield, NC 27577, Phone: (919) 989-5059, Fax: (919) 989-5009, Email:
  • RA21XC300, 2395 Barefoot Rd (Lat: 35.305417 Lon: -78.409917), Type: Mast, Structure height: 93 m, Overall height: 96.6 m, Call Sign: WQQV288,
    Assigned Frequencies: 11225.0 MHz, 11225.0 MHz, 11225.0 MHz, Grant Date: 03/08/2013, Expiration Date: 03/08/2023, Cancellation Date: 08/26/2014, Certifier: Kyle B Entz, Registrant: Sprint Nextel Corporation, 12502 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20196, Phone: (703) 433-4000, Fax: (703) 433-4483
  • RA03XC052, 1740 Woodmen Rd (Lat: 35.390722 Lon: -78.523306), Type: Ltower, Structure height: 59.1 m, Overall height: 60.1 m, Call Sign: WQQV289,
    Assigned Frequencies: 10735.0 MHz, 10735.0 MHz, 10735.0 MHz, Grant Date: 03/08/2013, Expiration Date: 03/08/2023, Cancellation Date: 08/26/2014, Certifier: Kyle B Entz, Registrant: Sprint Nextel Corporation, 12502 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20196, Phone: (703) 433-4000, Fax: (703) 433-4483
  • McGee, Se Corner Of 50 & 210 (Lat: 35.514583 Lon: -78.578583), Type: Tank, Structure height: 62.5 m, Call Sign: WQSL371,
    Assigned Frequencies: 6111.98 MHz, Grant Date: 10/24/2013, Expiration Date: 10/24/2023, Certifier: Jason Barbour, Registrant: Johnston County 911 Communications, 4450 Us 1, Vero Beach, FL 32967, Phone: (772) 569-5355, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

55 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Benson)

FAA Registered Aircraft:

7
  • Aircraft: BEECH D50C (Category: Land, Engines: 2, Seats: 6, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 167 mph), Engine: LYCOMING GO-480 SERIES (295 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 28EC , Serial Number: DH-285, Year manufactured: 1960, Airworthiness Date: 08/08/1960, Certificate Issue Date: 01/21/2010
    Registrant (Individual): Charles R Lejambre, 417 La Vista Ct, Benson, NC 27504
  • Aircraft: TAYLORCRAFT DCO-65 (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 82 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR A&C65 SERIES (65 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 3LT , Serial Number: L4716, Airworthiness Date: 03/25/1992, Certificate Issue Date: 09/05/2007
    Registrant (Co-Owned): James E Stephenson, 5581 Elevation Rd, Benson, NC 27504, Other Owners: Shirley A Stephenson
  • Aircraft: PIPER PA-28 (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 107 mph), Engine: LYCOMING 0-320 SERIES (180 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 5167W , Serial Number: 28-198, Year manufactured: 1961, Airworthiness Date: 11/28/1961, Certificate Issue Date: 06/12/2000
    Registrant (Individual): Bobby W Sr Thomas, 1085a Aquilla Rd, Benson, NC 27504
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 421C (Category: Land, Engines: 2, Seats: 8, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 90 mph), Engine: Reciprocating
    N-Number: 602DC , Serial Number: 421C0864, Airworthiness Date: 04/16/1980, Certificate Issue Date: 09/18/2017
    Registrant (LLC): Parker Aviation LLC, Po Box 747, Benson, NC 27504
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 172 (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 105 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR 0-300 SER (145 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 7356A , Serial Number: 29456, Year manufactured: 1956, Airworthiness Date: 11/08/1956, Certificate Issue Date: 11/16/2018
    Registrant (LLC): Five Points Transport LLC, 1625 Five Points Rd, Benson, NC 27504
  • Aircraft: CESSNA T206H (Category: Land, Seats: 6, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: LYCOMING TIO-540-AJ1A (310 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 89VY , Serial Number: T20608249, Year manufactured: 2000, Airworthiness Date: 01/20/2017, Certificate Issue Date: 12/01/2018
    Registrant (LLC): N89vy LLC, 6210 Benson Hardee Rd, Benson, NC 27504
  • Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-180 (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 107 mph), Engine: LYCOMING O&VO-360 SER (180 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 6563J , Serial Number: 28-5014, Year manufactured: 1968, Airworthiness Date: 06/06/1968, Certificate Issue Date: 04/04/2012
    Registrant (Corporation): J Z Rentals LLC, 6186 Benson Hardee Rd, Benson, NC 27504
    Deregistered: Cancel Date: 02/09/2018

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 4 partial tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1$111,1801$172,1205$153,8741$68,760
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$00$00$00$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$00$01$208,0500$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$00$01$178,9500$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$00$00$0

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0414.00 , 0415.00

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2007
(Based on 4 partial tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
NumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1$173,050
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$0
Choose year:  2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 1999

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0414.00 , 0415.00

Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Benson, NC
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Benson, NC - Value

2002 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year According to the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 132. The highest number of reported fire incidents - 194 took place in 2017, and the least - 13 in 2003. The data has a growing trend.
    Fire incident types in Benson, NC When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Structure Fires (50.8%), and Outside Fires (32.3%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Benson, NC
    • 1,14050.8%Structure Fires
    • 72632.3%Outside Fires
    • 33615.0%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 442.0%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Benson, NC

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Benson, North Carolina:

  • Days Inn, 202 N Honeycutt St, Benson, North Carolina 27504 , Phone: (919) 894-2031, Fax: (919) 516-0280
  • Hampton Inn Benson, 100 Water Place Lndg, Benson, North Carolina 27504 , Phone: (800) 426-7866, Fax: (919) 701-8017
All 2 fire-safe hotels and motels in Benson, North Carolina
Most common first names in Benson, NC among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James13166.1 years
William8771.7 years
John8469.5 years
Mary6474.4 years
Robert3668.7 years
George3270.2 years
Charles3168.5 years
Joseph2974.6 years
Willie2671.4 years
Thomas2463.2 years
Most common last names in Benson, NC among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson16973.9 years
Mclamb13874.4 years
Lee11872.1 years
Barefoot7973.0 years
Barbour5676.8 years
Byrd5575.5 years
Allen5471.6 years
Norris5169.1 years
Wood5172.5 years
Smith5072.9 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Benson, NC
  • 63.9%Electricity
  • 25.0%Utility gas
  • 11.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Benson, NC
  • 62.5%Electricity
  • 35.6%Utility gas
  • 1.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Benson compared to North Carolina state average:

  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Median age below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage above state average.
  • Renting percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage above state average.

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  • #87 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Honduras (population 500+)"
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  • #23 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that drank alcohol in the past 30 days"
  • #25 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #49 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people moving in compared to moving out (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #52 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the worst general health status score of residents (1-5), 3 years of data"
  • #52 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that keep firearms around their homes"
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