Benson, Vermont

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Population in 2010: 1,056. Population change since 2000: +1.6%
 
Males: 549  (52.0%)
Females: 507  (48.0%)
Median resident age:  41.9 years
Vermont median age:  45.8 years

Zip codes: 05743.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $49,662 (it was $38,224 in 2000)
Benson:

$49,662
VT:

$52,578

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $22,095 (it was $15,931 in 2000)

Benson town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $157,693 (it was $86,100 in 2000)
Benson:

$157,693
VT:

$218,300

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $210,210; Detached houses: $221,908; Townhouses or other attached units: $281,377; In 2-unit structures: $178,337; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $213,618; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $134,202; Mobile homes: $82,464
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  • Races in Benson, VT (2010)

    Benson races chart
    • 1,02096.6%White alone
    • 151.4%Two or more races
    • 70.7%Black alone
    • 70.7%Hispanic
    • 60.6%American Indian alone
    • 10.09%Asian alone

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

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Benson: 99.0 (near average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: Irish (16.6%), French (15.7%), English (13.7%), United States (12.2%), German (8.9%), Italian (7.4%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 390 feet

Land area: 44.0 square miles.

Population density: 24 people per square mile   (very low).

Benson,VT real estate house value index trend

Benson, Vermont map

For population 25 years and over in Benson:

  • High school or higher: 84.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 20.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.5%
  • Unemployed: 2.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 30.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Benson town:

  • Never married: 23.8%
  • Now married: 57.3%
  • Separated: 1.9%
  • Widowed: 6.1%
  • Divorced: 10.9%

15 residents are foreign born

This town:

1.4%
Vermont:

3.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Benson town:  1.5% ($1,257)
Vermont:  2.0% ($2,196)
Benson satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Schenectady, NY (70.6 miles , pop. 61,821).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Boston, MA (147.3 miles , pop. 589,141).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Bronx, NY (200.5 miles , pop. 1,332,650).

Nearest cities: West Haven, VT (2.2 miles ), Hubbardton, VT (2.3 miles ), Putnam, NY (2.5 miles ), Orwell, VT (2.6 miles ), Sudbury, VT (2.7 miles ), Castleton, VT (2.8 miles ), Fair Haven, VT (2.9 miles ), Hampton, NY (3.3 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2013: 1 building, cost: $52,000
  • 2014: 1 building, cost: $211,200

Latitude: 43.71 N, Longitude: 73.29 W

Area code: 802

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

3.3%
Vermont:

3.9%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: +183 (+21.4%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (14%)
  • Construction (13%)
  • Transportation equipment (6%)
  • Wood products (6%)
  • Motor vehicle and parts dealers (5%)
  • Truck transportation (5%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Health care (18%)
  • Accommodation and food services (14%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Food and beverage stores (6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Furniture and related product manufacturing (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (8%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (8%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (7%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (7%)
  • Carpenters (6%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (7%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (6%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (5%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (4%)

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

Average climate in Benson, Vermont

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Benson-area historical tornado activity is slightly below Vermont state average. It is 77% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/20/1968, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 49.2 miles away from the Benson town center injured one person and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

On 5/31/1998, a category F3 tornado 54.5 miles away from the town center injured 68 people and caused $71 million in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Benson-area historical earthquake activity is near Vermont state average. It is 89% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 54.8 miles away from the city center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 57.5 miles away from Benson center
On 1/19/1982 at 00:14:42, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 MD, 4.5 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 86.1 miles away from the city center
On 4/20/2002 at 11:04:42, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, 3.7 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 57.2 miles away from the city center
On 4/20/2000 at 08:46:55, a magnitude 4.0 (4.0 LG, 3.8 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 50.7 miles away from Benson center
On 6/17/1991 at 08:53:16, a magnitude 4.1 (4.0 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 102.4 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Rutland County (9) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 6, Storms: 6, Landslide: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Benson topographic map

Birthplace of: Rufus Wilmot Griswold - 19th century editor, Stephen Wallace Dorsey - Politician.

Hospitals and medical centers near Benson:

  • SAGER NURSING HOME, INC. (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; FAIR HAVEN, VT)
  • MOSES-LUDINGTON HOSPITAL Critical Access Hospitals (about 12 miles away; TICONDEROGA, NY)
  • HERITAGE COMMONS RESIDENTIAL HEALTH CARE (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; TICONDEROGA, NY)

Amtrak stations near Benson:

  • 9 miles: FAIR HAVEN (DEPOT & WATER STS.)
  • 11 miles: TICONDEROGA (RTE. 74 (FORT TICONDEROGA RD.)) . Services: enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.
  • 13 miles: WHITEHALL (MAIN ST.) . Services: enclosed waiting area, public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Benson:

  • Castleton State College (about 10 miles; Castleton, VT; Full-time enrollment: 2,079)
  • Middlebury College (about 22 miles; Middlebury, VT; FT enrollment: 3,077)
  • Adirondack Community College (about 31 miles; Queensbury, NY; FT enrollment: 2,826)
  • Norwich University (about 44 miles; Northfield, VT; FT enrollment: 4,221)
  • Skidmore College (about 50 miles; Saratoga Springs, NY; FT enrollment: 2,753)
  • Dartmouth College (about 51 miles; Hanover, NH; FT enrollment: 6,030)
  • SUNY Empire State College (about 51 miles; Saratoga Springs, NY; FT enrollment: 9,473)

Private high school in Benson:

  • CAMP E-WEN-AKEE (Students: 11, Location: 876 ROOT POND RD, Grades: 7-11, Boys only)

Public elementary/middle school in Benson:

See full list of schools located in Benson

Library in Benson:

  • BENSON PUBLIC (Operating income: $3,850; Location: 2724 STAGE RD.; 7,138 books; 94 video materials; 6 print serial subscriptions)

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Notable locations in Benson: Benson Town Hall (A), Benson Fire Department (B), Benson First Response (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Fair View Cemetery (1), Old Cemetery (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Benson: Benson Village Historic District (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Rutland 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 2013 was 41.7. This is significantly better than average.

City:

41.7
U.S.:

74.7

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2013 was 0.459. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 17.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.459
U.S.:

0.293

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 6.62. This is about average. Closest monitor was 17.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

6.62
U.S.:

6.40

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 0.918. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 17.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.918
U.S.:

1.912

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2011 was 12.6. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 11.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

12.6
U.S.:

20.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 7.86. This is about average. Closest monitor was 11.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.86
U.S.:

9.35
Average household size:
This town:  2.5 people
Vermont:  2.3 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  68.6%
Whole state:  62.5%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  9.3%
Whole state:  9.2%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

12.1%
Whole state:

9.4%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

4.5%
Whole state:

3.6%
15 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional) in 2010
9 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers in 2010
36 people in residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children in 2000

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

10.8
Vermont average:

11.7

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

Presidential Elections Results

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Benson town (based on Rutland County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic15,50017
Mainline Protestant4,94438
Evangelical Protestant2,58736
Other5205
Orthodox851
None38,006-
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: 24
Rutland County:

3.78 / 10,000 pop.
Vermont:

3.84 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 13
Rutland County:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.
Vermont:

1.95 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 48
Rutland County:

7.56 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.40 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 81
Here:

12.77 / 10,000 pop.
State:

11.52 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

7.8%
Vermont:

6.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Rutland County:

24.1%
Vermont:

22.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

18.5%
State:

13.3%

4.23% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($36,004 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.23%
Vermont average:

5.68%

0.04% of residents moved from foreign countries ($158 average AGI)
Rutland County:

0.04%
Vermont average:

0.04%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Addison County, VT  0.36% ($27,426 average AGI)
from Chittenden County, VT  0.30% ($29,063)
from Windsor County, VT  0.30% ($24,696)


4.98% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($35,088 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.98%
Vermont average:

5.98%

0.04% of residents moved to foreign countries ($182 average AGI)
Rutland County:

0.04%
Vermont average:

0.06%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Chittenden County, VT  0.45% ($34,754 average AGI)
to Windsor County, VT  0.35% ($34,174)
to Addison County, VT  0.31% ($32,122)

Strongest AM radio stations in Benson:

  • WSYB (1380 AM; 5 kW; RUTLAND, VT; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WGY (810 AM; 50 kW; SCHENECTADY, NY; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WIPS (1250 AM; 1 kW; TICONDEROGA, NY; Owner: CALVIN HUGH CARR)
  • WPTR (1540 AM; 50 kW; ALBANY, NY; Owner: KIMTRON, INC.)
  • WNNZ (640 AM; 50 kW; WESTFIELD, MA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WCHP (760 AM; 35 kW; CHAMPLAIN, NY; Owner: CHAMPLAIN RADIO, INC.)
  • WICY (1490 AM; 50 kW; MALONE, NY; Owner: CARTIER COMMUNICATIONS INC.)
  • WCRN (830 AM; 50 kW; WORCESTER, MA; Owner: CARTER BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WRKO (680 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)
  • WVNR (1340 AM; 1 kW; POULTNEY, VT; Owner: PINE TREE BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WDEV (550 AM; 5 kW; WATERBURY, VT; Owner: RADIO VERMONT, INC.)
  • WEEI (850 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)
  • WNTK (1020 AM; 10 kW; NEWPORT, NH; Owner: KOOR COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Benson:

  • WEXP (101.5 FM; BRANDON, VT; Owner: VOX VERMONT, L.L.C.)
  • WEBK (105.3 FM; KILLINGTON, VT; Owner: 6 JOHNSON ROAD LICENSES, INC.)
  • WJJR (98.1 FM; RUTLAND, VT; Owner: 6 JOHNSON ROAD LICENSES, INC.)
  • WZRT (97.1 FM; RUTLAND, VT; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WGLV (91.7 FM; WOODSTOCK, VT; Owner: CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES INC)
  • WHDQ-FM1 (106.1 FM; RUTLAND, VT; Owner: GREAT NORTHERN RADIO, L.L.C.)
  • WJEN (94.5 FM; RUTLAND, VT; Owner: 6 JOHNSON ROAD LICENSES, INC.)
  • WDEV-FM (96.1 FM; WARREN, VT; Owner: RADIO VERMONT, INC.)
  • WEQX (102.7 FM; MANCHESTER, VT; Owner: NORTHSHIRE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WJAN (95.1 FM; SUNDERLAND, VT; Owner: 6 JOHNSON ROAD LICENSES, INC.)
  • WANC (103.9 FM; TICONDEROGA, NY; Owner: WAMC)
  • WXLG (89.9 FM; NORTH CREEK, NY; Owner: THE ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY)
  • WKBE (100.3 FM; WARRENSBURG, NY; Owner: 6 JOHNSON ROAD LICENSES, INC.)
  • WCKM-FM (99.1 FM; LAKE GEORGE, NY; Owner: ENTERTRONICS, INC.)
  • WNYQ (105.7 FM; QUEENSBURY, NY; Owner: VOX NEW YORK, L.L.C.)
  • WCVT (101.7 FM; STOWE, VT; Owner: RADIO VERMONT CLASSICS, L.L.C.)
  • WVPR (89.5 FM; WINDSOR, VT; Owner: VERMONT PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WVPS (107.9 FM; BURLINGTON, VT; Owner: VERMONT PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WWFY (100.9 FM; BERLIN, VT; Owner: VOX ALLEGANY, LLC)
  • WEZF (92.9 FM; BURLINGTON, VT; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)

TV broadcast stations around Benson:

  • WVER (Channel 28; RUTLAND, VT; Owner: VERMONT ETV, INC.)
  • W61CE (Channel 61; RUTLAND, VT; Owner: MARGARET SANGUINETTI (ADMINISTRATRIX OF THE ESTATE))
  • W07AG (Channel 7; RUTLAND, VT; Owner: WNYT INC.)
  • W69AR (Channel 69; RUTLAND, VT; Owner: MT. MANSFIELD TELEVISION, INC.)
  • Benson, Vermont
  • Fatal accident count13
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents21
  • Fatal accidents involving drunken persons:5
  • Fatalities14
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents45
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents0
  • Vermont average
  • Fatal accident count54
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents75
  • Fatal accidents involving drunken persons23
  • Fatalities60
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents132
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents3
See more detailed statistics of Benson fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2014 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 4Number of bridges
  • 7m23ftTotal length
  • 1,010Total average daily traffic
  • 27Total average daily truck traffic
  • 1,515Total future (year 2027) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

3
  • Call Sign: KB1JYU, Licensee ID: L00394695, Grant Date: 05/13/2003, Expiration Date: 05/13/2013, Cancellation Date: 03/13/2004, Certifier: Leo P Parenteau, Registrant: Leo P Parenteau, 354 Moneyhole Rd, Benson, VT 05743
  • Call Sign: K1SNY, Previous Call Sign: KB1JYU, Licensee ID: L00394695, Grant Date: 03/13/2004, Expiration Date: 03/13/2014, Cancellation Date: 03/15/2016, Certifier: Leo P Parenteau, Registrant: Leo P Parenteau, 354 Moneyhole Rd, Benson, VT 05743
  • Call Sign: KB1LZI, Licensee ID: L00223061, Grant Date: 02/15/2005, Expiration Date: 02/15/2015, Cancellation Date: 03/08/2005, Certifier: John W Molnar, Registrant: John W Molnar, Benson, VT 05731

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

BENSON VILLAGE SCHOOL (Address: 32 SCHOOL ST , Population served: 190, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between APR-2014 and JUN-2014, Contaminant: Chlorine
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JAN-2009 and MAR-2009, Contaminant: Chlorine. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUL-15-2009), St Formal NOV issued (JUL-15-2009), St Public Notif received (DEC-14-2009), St Compliance achieved (MAR-16-2011)
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2006, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (DEC-04-2006), St Formal NOV issued (DEC-04-2006), St Public Notif received (DEC-26-2006), St Compliance achieved (MAR-16-2011)
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
SUNRISE CAMP (Address: 2072 SUNSET LAKE RD , Population served: 110, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 5 routine major monitoring violations

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 3
  • Hazardous Condition: 12
  • Service Call: 6
  • Good Intent Call: 1

Incident types - Benson

See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Benson, VT

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (65%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (19%)
  • Wood (13%)
  • Electricity (2%)

Benson compared to Vermont state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.

Benson on our top lists:

  • #4 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children (population 1,000+)"
  • #12 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives"
  • #14 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that keep firearms around their homes"
  • #55 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest average weight of females"
  • #57 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Sulfur Oxides Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #58 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
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