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Population in 2012: 189 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -2.6%
 

Males: 100  (53.2%)
Females: 89  (46.8%)

Median resident age:  40.3 years
Pennsylvania median age:  40.1 years

Zip code: 15935

Estimated median household income in 2012: $43,620 (it was $35,000 in 2000)
Benson:

$43,620
PA:

$51,230
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $17,851

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $73,748 (it was $53,000 in 2000)
Benson:

$73,748
PA:

$163,800
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $71,317; Detached houses: $72,847; Townhouses or other attached units: $49,511

Median gross rent in 2012: $606.

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  • White alone - 187 (97.9%)
  • Hispanic - 2 (1.0%)
  • American Indian alone - 1 (0.5%)
  • Two or more races - 1 (0.5%)

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Benson: 92.1 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (33.6%), Irish (13.4%), English (10.3%), Italian (6.8%), Portuguese (5.8%), Polish (4.8%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated on 11/15/1892

Elevation: 1540 feet

Land area: 0.31 square miles.

Population density: 607 people per square mile 
 
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For population 25 years and over in Benson:

  • High school or higher: 94.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 6.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 30.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Benson borough:

  • Never married: 27.1%
  • Now married: 53.0%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 5.4%
  • Divorced: 14.5%

5 residents are foreign born (2.5% North America).

This borough:  2.5%
Pennsylvania:  6.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $680 (1.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $671 (0.9%)

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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Pittsburgh, PA (57.7 miles , pop. 334,563).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (200.6 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities: Davidsville, PA (1.3 miles ), Jerome, PA (1.8 miles ), Hooversville borough, PA (2.0 miles ), Paint borough, PA (2.2 miles ), Windber borough, PA (2.3 miles ), Scalp Level borough, PA (2.4 miles ), Ferndale borough, PA (2.4 miles ), Belmont, PA (2.4 miles ).

Latitude: 40.21 N, Longitude: 78.93 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 814

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

8.8%
Pennsylvania:

7.8%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: -83 (-30.0%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (23%)
  • Other services, except public administration (17%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (13%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (12%)
  • Construction (8%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (27%)
  • Retail trade (24%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (15%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (12%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (9%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (11%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (9%)
  • Carpenters (9%)
  • Art and design workers (5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5%)
  • Construction laborers (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (26%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (16%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (10%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (10%)
  • Advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations, and sales managers (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (6%)


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Tornado activity:

Benson-area historical tornado activity is near Pennsylvania state average. It is 7% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/2/1998, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 18.9 miles away from the Benson borough center injured 5 people and caused $6 million in damages.

On 6/3/1980, a category F4 tornado 39.7 miles away from the borough center injured 140 people and caused between $50,000,000 and $500,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Benson-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Pennsylvania state average. It is 100% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/15/1991 at 07:16:07, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 77.9 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Somerset County (14) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 4, Storms: 4, Snowstorms: 3, Winter Storms: 2, Snowfall: 1, Storm: 1, Tornado: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Blizzard: 1, Flood: 1, Hurricane: 1, Tropical Depression: 1, Tropical Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals/medical centers near Benson:

  • LAUREL VIEW VILLAGE (Nursing Home, about 4 miles away; DAVIDSVILLE, PA)
  • CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN HOME (Nursing Home, about 5 miles away; WINDBER, PA)
  • WINDBER HOSPITAL (Hospital, Acute Care Hospitals, Voluntary non-profit - Private, about 6 miles away; WINDBER, PA)

Amtrak station near Benson:

  • 9 miles: JOHNSTOWN (47 WALNUT ST.) . Services: ticket office, fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Benson:

  • University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown (about 7 miles; Johnstown, PA; Full-time enrollment: 2,925)
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus (about 31 miles; Indiana, PA; FT enrollment: 12,422)
  • Westmoreland County Community College (about 34 miles; Youngwood, PA; FT enrollment: 3,608)
  • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (about 36 miles; Altoona, PA; FT enrollment: 3,924)
  • Frostburg State University (about 39 miles; Frostburg, MD; FT enrollment: 4,682)
  • Allegany College of Maryland (about 40 miles; Cumberland, MD; FT enrollment: 2,309)
  • California University of Pennsylvania (about 52 miles; California, PA; FT enrollment: 7,429)

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Creek: Quemahoning Creek (A). Display/hide its location on the map

 
Somerset County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Air pollution and air quality trends
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Air Quality Index (AQI)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 40.4. This is worse than average.
City:

40.4
U.S.:

32.0
Lead (Pb) [µ/m3] level in 2009 was 0.0476. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 9.9 miles away from the city center.
City:

0.0476
U.S.:

0.0222
Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2010 was 0.194. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 7.1 miles away from the city center.
City:

0.194
U.S.:

0.334
Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 4.55. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 7.1 miles away from the city center.
City:

4.55
U.S.:

2.43
Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 9.15. This is about average. Closest monitor was 7.1 miles away from the city center.
City:

9.15
U.S.:

9.39
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 17.9. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 7.1 miles away from the city center.
City:

17.9
U.S.:

22.1
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 12.4. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 7.1 miles away from the city center.
City:

12.4
U.S.:

9.6


Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 13.4%

Average household size:
This borough:  2.5 people
Pennsylvania:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This borough:  71.8%
Whole state:  65.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This borough:  9.0%
Whole state:  6.6%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Benson, PA

Benson compared to Pennsylvania state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly above state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


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Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (80%)
  • Electricity (12%)
  • Coal or coke (8%)

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Benson borough (based on Somerset County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 61.90%
Here61.9%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaUnited Methodist ChurchChurch of the BrethrenUnited Church of Christ
Adherents28.7%23.5%13.3%9.5%6.3%
Congregations9.1%18.2%17.7%11.6%7.6%
NameMennonite Church USAChristian and Missionary AllianceAssemblies of GodChristian Churches and Churches of ChristOther
Adherents2.5%2.2%1.7%1.7%10.5%
Congregations4.0%2.5%3.0%3.0%23.2%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 18
This county:

2.31 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Somerset County:

0.13 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.09 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 4
Somerset County:

0.51 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

0.88 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 28
This county:

3.60 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

2.52 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 46
Somerset County:

5.91 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

9.6%
Pennsylvania:

9.1%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

29.1%
Pennsylvania:

27.2%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Somerset County:

10.3%
State:

11.5%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 0$0 1$234
Totals for Government 0$0 1$234


3.26% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($36,319 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.26%
Pennsylvania average:

4.99%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Cambria County, PA  0.87% ($35,913 average AGI)
from Westmoreland County, PA  0.23% ($35,463)
from Allegheny County, PA  0.19% ($57,607)


3.82% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($31,568 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.82%
Pennsylvania average:

5.08%

0.05% of residents moved to foreign countries ($291 average AGI)
Somerset County:

0.05%
Pennsylvania average:

0.05%


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Cambria County, PA  0.79% ($21,680 average AGI)
to Allegheny County, PA  0.29% ($36,365)
to Westmoreland County, PA  0.23% ($31,597)

Strongest AM radio stations in Benson:

  • WLYE (850 AM; 10 kW; JOHNSTOWN, PA; Owner: FOREVER OF JOHNSTOWN, INC.)
  • WVSC (990 AM; 10 kW; SOMERSET, PA; Owner: FOREVER OF JOHNSTOWN, INC.)
  • KDKA (1020 AM; 50 kW; PITTSBURGH, PA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WYSN (1330 AM; 5 kW; SOMERSET, PA; Owner: DAME BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WCRO (1230 AM; 1 kW; JOHNSTOWN, PA; Owner: GREATER JOHNSTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT)
  • WCCS (1160 AM; 10 kW; HOMER CITY, PA; Owner: RENDA RADIO, INC.)
  • WNTJ (1490 AM; 1 kW; JOHNSTOWN, PA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WZSK (1040 AM; daytime; 10 kW; EVERETT, PA; Owner: NEW MILLENNIUM COMMUNICATIONS GROUP, INC.)
  • WFRB (560 AM; 5 kW; FROSTBURG, MD; Owner: WTBO-WKGO CORPORATION, L.L.C.)
  • WKHB (620 AM; 6 kW; IRWIN, PA; Owner: BROADCAST COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WHJB (1600 AM; 5 kW; BEDFORD, PA; Owner: JOHN H. CESSNA)
  • WCBM (680 AM; 50 kW; BALTIMORE, MD; Owner: WCBM MARYLAND, INC.)
  • WKMC (1370 AM; 5 kW; ROARING SPRING, PA; Owner: ALLEGHENY MOUNTAIN NETWORK)

Strongest FM radio stations in Benson:

  • WQEJ (89.7 FM; JOHNSTOWN, PA; Owner: WQED MULTIMEDIA)
  • WCCL (101.7 FM; CENTRAL CITY, PA; Owner: DAME BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WFRJ (88.9 FM; JOHNSTOWN, PA; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • WKYE (95.5 FM; JOHNSTOWN, PA; Owner: FOREVER OF JOHNSTOWN, INC.)
  • WQKK (92.1 FM; JOHNSTOWN, PA; Owner: DAME BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WMTZ (96.5 FM; JOHNSTOWN, PA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WAYC (100.9 FM; BEDFORD, PA; Owner: CESSNA COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WBVE (107.5 FM; BEDFORD, PA; Owner: CESSNA COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WGLU (99.1 FM; EBENSBURG, PA; Owner: DAME BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WBXQ (94.7 FM; CRESSON, PA; Owner: SOUNDS GOOD, INC.)
  • WMAJ-FM (104.9 FM; HOLLIDAYSBURG, PA; Owner: FOREVER OF PA, LLC)
  • W294AE (106.7 FM; ALTOONA, PA; Owner: THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WUZY (97.7 FM; SOMERSET, PA; Owner: FOREVER OF JOHNSTOWN,INC.)
  • W267AC (101.3 FM; ALTOONA, PA; Owner: ALLEGHENY MOUNTAIN NETWORK)
  • WQZS (93.3 FM; MEYERSDALE, PA; Owner: ROGER WAHL)
  • WSKE (104.3 FM; EVERETT, PA; Owner: NEW MILLENNIUM COMMUNICATIONS GROUP, INC.)
  • WROG (102.9 FM; CUMBERLAND, MD; Owner: TSCHUDY RADIO, INC)
  • WFWM (91.9 FM; FROSTBURG, MD; Owner: FROSTBURG STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WKGO (106.1 FM; CUMBERLAND, MD; Owner: WTBO-WKGO CORPORATION, L.L.C.)
  • WLIC (97.1 FM; FROSTBURG, MD; Owner: HE'S ALIVE, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Benson:

  • WNPA (Channel 19; JEANNETTE, PA; Owner: VIACOM STATIONS GROUP OF PITTSBURGH INC.)
  • WJAC-TV (Channel 6; JOHNSTOWN, PA; Owner: WPXI-TV HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WWCP-TV (Channel 8; JOHNSTOWN, PA; Owner: PEAK MEDIA OF PA LICENSEE LLC)
  • WLLS-LP (Channel 49; INDIANA, PA; Owner: LARRY L. SCHRECONGOST)

National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 1
Total length: 5 meters (16ft)
Total average daily traffic: 2,569
Total average daily truck traffic: 102
Total future (year 2032) average daily traffic: 3,048


Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2003
(Based on 1 partial tract)
C) Refinancings
NumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED2$73,480
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED1$45,690
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$0
Choose year:  2003 2002 2001 1999

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0201.02

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