Benson, North Carolina Population 2024

4,533

Benson is a city located in Harnett County, Johnston County, and Wayne County North Carolina. Benson has a 2024 population of 4,533. Benson is currently growing at a rate of 3% annually and its population has increased by 13.24% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 4,003 in 2020.

The average household income in Benson is $59,867 with a poverty rate of 37.74%. The median age in Benson is 34.4 years: 27.9 years for males, and 38.7 years for females.

Benson Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Benson was:

  • White: 43.41%
  • Black or African American: 39.56%
  • Two or more races: 17.03%
  • Native American: 0%
  • Asian: 0%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0%
  • Other race: 0%
Land Area (mi²)
3.0 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,516.0/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
13.24% (530)
The current population of Benson, North Carolina is 4,533 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates (released May 2024). The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 4,003.

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White1,73843.41%
Black or African American1,58439.56%
Two or more races68217.03%
Native American00%
Asian00%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander00%
Other race00%

White

Black or African American

Two or more races

Native American

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Other race

Benson Population by Race

Benson Population Pyramid 2024

Benson Median Age

34.4

Total

27.9

Male

38.7

Female

Benson Adults

There are 2,883 adults, (1,003 of whom are seniors) in Benson.

Benson Age Dependency

113

Age Dependency Ratio

53.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

59.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Benson Sex Ratio

Female2,31657.84%
Male1,68842.16%

Benson Population by Age

Benson Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All1,5222.5547.652.4
Married5342.8169.530.5
Female5143.3933.566.5
Non Family3831.2323.876.2
Male911.931000

2.83

Average Family Size

2.55

Average Household Size

47.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Benson Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
9th to 12th Grade28410.33%
Associates Degree2448.87%
Bachelors Degree55620.22%
Graduate Degree1104%
High School Graduate62722.8%
Less Than 9th Grade2589.38%
Some College67124.4%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Benson Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Benson Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White1,2651,219632
Black1,20997734
Hispanic27390
2+ Races231120

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 96.36%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 49.96%.

Benson Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Bachelors Degree$60,417$62,292$51,696
Graduate Degree$0$0$0
High School Graduate$30,676$24,271$31,431
Less Than 9th Grade$22,367$29,116$0
Overall$32,132$32,047$32,208
Some College$43,919$48,301$42,754

$32,132

Average Earnings

$32,047

Average Male

$32,208

Average Female

Benson Earnings by Educational Attainment

Benson Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Benson Language

81.71% of Benson residents speak only English, while 18.29% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 18.07% of the population.

Benson Language

Benson Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Hispanic87375186.03%
Black1,57658336.99%
Multiple68255280.94%
White1,4571439.81%

37.74%

Overall Poverty Rate

37.57%

Male Poverty Rate

37.86%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Benson

The race most likely to be in poverty in Benson is Hispanic, with 86.03% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Benson is White, with 9.81% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 9.57%. Among those working part-time, it was 39.72%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 35.04%.

Benson Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade54.03%
High School28.22%
Some College11.7%
Bachelors or Greater3.25%

Benson Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Unemployed100%
Female Unemployed100%
Female Employed26.23%
Male Employed1.55%

Benson Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Benson Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Families$55,088$55,152
Households$56,054$59,867
Married Families$56,831$-999,999,999
Non Families$52,946$59,652

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Benson Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

44.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

53.0%

Male Marriage Rate

38.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Benson Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Benson Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 35-44, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Benson Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Benson Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

221

Number of Veterans

221

Male Veterans

0

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Second Gulf War43
Vietnam34
Korea11
First Gulf War0
World War II0

Benson Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
75+98
35 to 5472
18 to 3443
65 to 748
55 to 640

Benson Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
Black15911.89%
White624.75%

Benson Veterans by Race

Benson Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

58.96%

Veteran Poverty Rate

12.26%

Veteran Disability Rate

Benson Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

61.4%

Labor Force Participation

59.6%

Employment Rate

2.6%

Unemployment Rate

Benson Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Benson Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Benson Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

73.38%

Born in Benson

92.08%

Native Born

7.92%

Foreign Born

7.62%

Non Citizen

0.3%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

92.08% of Benson residents were born in the United States, with 73.38% having been born in North Carolina. 7.62% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Benson Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20295,1971332.63%
20285,0641332.7%
20274,9311322.75%
20264,7991332.85%
20254,6661332.93%
20244,5331323%
20234,4011192.78%
20224,2821503.63%
20214,1321293.22%
20204,003691.75%
20193,934782.02%
20183,8561203.21%
20173,736711.94%
20163,6651073.01%
20153,558561.6%
20143,502401.16%
20133,462551.61%
20123,407280.83%
20113,379491.47%
20103,33000%
20002,9231134.02%
19902,810180.64%
19802,792-2,405-46.28%

Benson Population by Year