Benson, situated in Johnston County, is a small town made up of 2.1 square miles. ...
August 12, 2016
The town is named after Alfred Monroe Benson; an early settler of Johnston county. Much of the town's development was caused by a railroad line that ran through the town in 1886 that was on route from Fayetteville to Contentnea.
In 1874, Alfred Benson bought a 402 acres of land alongside the Smithfield-Fayetteville Road. This caused the area of modern day Benson to develop, but in the 1880's Benson sold most of his land to farmers. In 1887, the Town of Benson was incorporated by it's founder, John William Wood Sr. John was elected in 1927 for a term in the State House of Representatives.
The median resident age in Benson is 39 years. The median estimated household income is about $24,000 making it about $21,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $16,000. The average price for a home in Benson is about $109,000 (2013) which is $46,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $500 a month for rent.
The racial makeup of Benson is 58% White, 26% Black, 14% Hispanic, and 2% other. 71% of the population are high school graduates, with 23% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 38% are married, 12% are divorced, 10% are widowed, 6% are separated, leaving 34% that have never been married.
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Benson belongs to Johnston County in the east-central part of North Carolina. The County, named for Governor Gabriel Johnston (1734-1752) has a population of 170,000 and is part of the Raleigh Metro Area. Smithfield, with a population of 13,000 is the county seat.
Johnston County was sliced from Craven County during the 1740's. Parts of the county were taken during the 1750's and 1770's to form Bladen, Granville, Orange, and Dobbs Counties. And, during the 1850's more land was allocated to help form Wilson County.
Today, Johnston County consists of 796 square miles. 791 being land with the other four square miles making up water.
The Population of Benson, NC is about 520.
The elevation of Benson, NC is 243 feet above sea level.
The zip code for Benson, NC is 27504.
The area code for Benson, NC is 919.
Historically speaking Archer Lodge and Johnston County have voted mostly Republican, with 63% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.
As of 2010, 64% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 33% are protestants with Catholics making up less than 3%.
The unemployment rate for Benson is around 5% (2015), making it the same as the state average of around 5%. Administration/support/waste management, retail, and agriculture/forestry/fishing/hunting make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.