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Benson, North Carolina
—  Town  —
Location of Benson, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°22′56″N 78°32′46″W / 35.38222°N 78.54611°W / 35.38222; -78.54611
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Johnston
Government
 - Mayor William W. Massengill
 - Town Manager Keith Langdon
Area
 - Total 2.1 sq mi (5.5 km2)
 - Land 2.1 sq mi (5.5 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 243 ft (74 m)
Population (2006)
 - Total 3,374
 - Density 1,380.1/sq mi (532.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 27504
Area code(s) 919
FIPS code 37-05040[1]
GNIS feature ID 1019093[2]
Website http://www.townofbenson.com/

Benson is a town located in Johnston County, North Carolina. The town lies at the intersection of Interstates 95 and 40. Each year Benson celebrates Mule Days the 4th Saturday of September, a festival that attracts over 60,000 people each year.[1] In 2006, the estimated population was 3,374.[2]

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Geography

Benson is located at 35°22'56" North, 78°32'46" West (35.382270, -78.546206).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.5 km²), of which, 2.1 square miles (5.5 km²) of it is land and 0.47% is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,923 people, 1,230 households, and 757 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,380.1 people per square mile (532.3/km²). There were 1,364 housing units at an average density of 644.0/sq mi (248.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 57.61% White, 34.04% African American, 0.48% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 5.78% from other races, and 1.57% from two or more races. 7.29% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,230 households out of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.0% were married couples living together, 20.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.4% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the town the population was spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 83.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $26,582, and the median income for a family was $32,277. Males had a median income of $29,375 versus $20,045 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,350. 25.0% of the population and 20.2% of families were below the poverty line. 39.7% of those under the age of 18 and 23.2% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

History

The town was founded by John William Wood Sr. who rode to it each morning on a mule and wagon from his home near Meadow, North Carolina.

National Guard

Benson, North Carolina is home to Alpha Company 230th BSB who is currently deployed as of 2009 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Education

  • Benson Elementary School
  • Meadow Elementary School
  • Benson Middle School
  • McGee's Crossroads Middle School
  • South Johnston High School

References

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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