Benson, PA Profile: Facts & Data


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Benson, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The Borough of Benson had a population of 178 as of July 1, 2018. Benson ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Pennsylvania. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Benson is located at latitude 40.2027 and longitude -78.9294 in Somerset County. The formal boundaries for the Borough of Benson (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.35 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Somerset County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,529 feet.

The Borough of Benson (GNIS ID: 1215581) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Benson: Bethel.

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Benson, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 178
Population in Households 178
Population in Familes 146
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 503
Diversity Index3 6


Median Household Income $51,528
Average Household Income $52,716
Per Capita Income $22,521


Total Housing Units 82 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 62 (75.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 12 (14.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 8 ( 9.8%)
Median Home Value $85,185
Average Home Value $95,161


Total Households 74
Average Household Size 2.41
Family Households 51
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population -0.85% -0.92%
Households -0.64% -0.82%
Families -1.13% -1.21%
Median Household Income   0.76%
Per Capita Income   2.56%

Benson, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Benson to the other 1,762 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Pennsylvania by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 1650 6th
Population Density # 1397 21st
Diversity Index # 1458 17th
Median Household Income # 916 48th
Per Capita Income # 1435 19th

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