Benson, Pennsylvania

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Population in 2013: 189 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -2.6%
 
Males: 101  (53.8%)
Females: 88  (46.2%)
Median resident age:  44.4 years
Pennsylvania median age:  40.6 years

Zip code: 15935

Estimated median household income in 2013: $41,091 (it was $35,000 in 2000)
Benson:

$41,091
PA:

$52,007

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $16,554 (it was $14,232 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $63,354 (it was $53,000 in 2000)
Benson:

$63,354
PA:

$164,200

Median gross rent in 2013: $720.

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    • 18797.9%White alone
    • 21.0%Hispanic
    • 10.5%American Indian alone
    • 10.5%Two or more races
Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Benson: 92.6 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (33.0%), Irish (12.0%), English (9.3%), Italian (6.9%), Portuguese (5.5%), Dutch (5.2%).

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   (low).

Benson, Pennsylvania map

For population 25 years and over in Benson:

  • High school or higher: 95.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 9.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.0%
  • Unemployed: 7.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Benson borough:

  • Never married: 28.5%
  • Now married: 49.6%
  • Separated: 2.5%
  • Widowed: 3.8%
  • Divorced: 15.6%

4 residents are foreign born (2.1% North America).

This borough:

2.1%
Pennsylvania:

6.2%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $827 (1.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $673 (1.0%)

Benson satellite photo by USGS

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

Benson household income distribution Benson home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

6.6%
Pennsylvania:

5.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -83 (-30.0%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (18%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (16%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (16%)
  • Construction (14%)
  • Other services, except public administration (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Retail trade (37%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (20%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (17%)
  • Health care and social assistance (17%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (27%)
  • Transportation occupations (20%)
  • Management occupations (10%)
  • Production occupations (10%)
  • Computer and mathematical occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Sales and related occupations (40%)
  • Material moving occupations (27%)
  • Management occupations (20%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (10%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (3%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (0%)
  • Computer and mathematical occupations (0%)

Average climate in Benson, Pennsylvania

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Benson-area historical tornado activity is slightly below Pennsylvania state average. It is 37% 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 near Pennsylvania state average. It is 85% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 117.4 miles away from the city center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 151.4 miles away from Benson center
On 1/16/1994 at 01:49:16, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 152.8 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) earthquake occurred 302.3 miles away from the city center
On 1/26/2001 at 03:03:20, a magnitude 4.4 (3.9 MB, 4.4 LG, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 154.8 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 189.4 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

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: 5, Storms: 5, Snowstorms: 3, Winter Storms: 3, Blizzard: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tornado: 1, Tropical Depression: 1, Tropical Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Benson topographic map

Hospitals and 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 Acute Care Hospitals (about 6 miles away; WINDBER, PA)
  • WINDBER HOME HEALTH AGENCY (Home Health Center, about 6 miles away; WINDBER, PA)
  • CONEMAUGH VALLEY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals (about 6 miles away; JOHNSTOWN, PA)
  • GOOD SAMARITAN MEDICAL CENTER (Hospital, about 6 miles away; JOHNSTOWN, PA)
  • CONEMAUGH VALLEY MEM HOSP TRANS CARE U (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; JOHNSTOWN, 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: 2,815)
  • Wyo Tech-Blairsville (about 23 miles; Blairsville, PA; FT enrollment: 2,602)
  • Saint Francis University (about 26 miles; Loretto, PA; FT enrollment: 2,636)
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus (about 31 miles; Indiana, PA; FT enrollment: 14,471)
  • Westmoreland County Community College (about 34 miles; Youngwood, PA; FT enrollment: 4,669)
  • Seton Hill University (about 34 miles; Greensburg, PA; FT enrollment: 2,167)
  • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (about 36 miles; Altoona, PA; FT enrollment: 3,656)

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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
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 106. This is significantly worse than average.

City:

106
U.S.:

74

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2012 was 0.409. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 7.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.409
U.S.:

0.303

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2012 was 8.53. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 7.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.53
U.S.:

6.58

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2012 was 3.80. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 8.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

3.80
U.S.:

1.93

Ozone [ppb] level in 2012 was 34.5. This is about average. Closest monitor was 7.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

34.5
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 21.8. This is about average. Closest monitor was 7.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

21.8
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 11.6. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 7.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

11.6
U.S.:

9.1

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2009 was 0.0476. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 8.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.0476
U.S.:

0.0147
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 17.7%
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

Benson compared to Pennsylvania state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below 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.
  • Length of stay since moving in above state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

6.0
Pennsylvania average:

11.4

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

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (88%)
  • Electricity (5%)
  • Coal or coke (5%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

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

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant20,67891
Evangelical Protestant13,61193
Catholic10,29815
Other1,0225
Orthodox3435
None31,790-
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: 18
Somerset County:

2.31 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

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

3.60 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

5.91 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.6%
Pennsylvania:

9.1%
Adult obesity rate:
Somerset County:

29.1%
Pennsylvania:

27.2%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

10.3%
State:

11.5%
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
Financial Administration 0$0 1$702
Totals for Government 0$0 1$702

3.14% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($36,739 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.14%
Pennsylvania average:

4.35%

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 Cambria County, PA  0.84% ($34,793 average AGI)
from Allegheny County, PA  0.20% ($36,820)
from Westmoreland County, PA  0.18% ($43,982)


3.42% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($37,309 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.42%
Pennsylvania average:

4.54%

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 Cambria County, PA  0.82% ($32,854 average AGI)
to Allegheny County, PA  0.24% ($31,507)
to Westmoreland County, PA  0.19% ($34,263)

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
  • 1Number of bridges
  • 5m16ftTotal length
  • 2,569Total average daily traffic
  • 102Total average daily truck traffic
  • 3,048Total future (year 2032) average daily traffic
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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