Benson County, ND

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2022 Population
5,960
2.13% 1-year decline
US Senator
John Hoeven
Republican Party
US Senator
Kevin Cramer
Republican Party
US Representative
Kelly Armstrong
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
31
3.68% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
27.2%
9.84% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$63,220
16.3% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$79,300
1.98% 1-year decline
2022 Employed Population
2,048
2.04% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Benson County, ND had a population of 5.96k people with a median age of 31 and a median household income of $63,220. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Benson County, ND declined from 6,090 to 5,960, a −2.13% decrease and its median household income grew from $54,375 to $63,220, a 16.3% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Benson County, ND are American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (54.6%), White (Non-Hispanic) (39.9%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.05%), Two+ (Hispanic) (0.755%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.587%).

None of the households in Benson County, ND reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.3% of the residents in Benson County, ND are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Benson County, ND are Cankdeska Cikana Community College (43 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Benson County, ND was $79,300, and the homeownership rate was 71.7%.

Most people in Benson County, ND drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 15.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Benson County, ND was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Benson County, ND is home to a population of 5.96k people, from which 99.3% are citizens. As of 2022, 0.99% of Benson County, ND residents were born outside of the country (59 people).

In 2022, there were 1.37 times more American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents (3.26k people) in Benson County, ND than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.38k White (Non-Hispanic) and 182 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.3%
2022 Citizenship
99.5%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.3% of Benson County, ND residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Benson County, ND was 99.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Benson County, ND
  1. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    3.26k ± 91
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    2.38k ± 15
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    182 ± 60.9
1.36%
Hispanic Population
81 people

In 2022, there were 1.37 times more American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents (3.26k people) in Benson County, ND than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.38k White (Non-Hispanic) and 182 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.36% of the people in Benson County, ND are hispanic (81 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Benson County, ND as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Philippines
    2,804 ± 1,298 people
  2. Canada
    2,799 ± 1,297 people
  3. Mexico
    2,784 ± 1,293 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Dakota was Philippines, the natal country of 2,804 North Dakota residents, followed by Canada with 2,799 and Mexico with 2,784.

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Foreign-Born Population

0.99%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
59 people
0.969%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
59 people

As of 2022, 0.99% of Benson County, ND residents (59 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Benson County, ND was 0.969%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    117 ± 37
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    67 ± 27
  3. Korea
    16 ± 18

Benson County, ND has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.75 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Benson County, ND employs 2.05k people. The largest industries in Benson County, ND are Educational Services (372 people), Accommodation & Food Services (223 people), and Public Administration (197 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($110,700), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($78,750), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($74,432).

Males in North Dakota have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $54,891. The income inequality in North Dakota (measured using the Gini index) is 0.436, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

2.05k
2022 Value
± 160
2.04%
1 Year growth
± 10.4%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Benson County, ND grew at a rate of 2.04%, from 2.01k employees to 2.05k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Benson County, ND, are Management Occupations (362 people), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (238 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (199 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Benson County, ND.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

2.05k
2022 Value
± 160
2.04%
1 Year growth
± 10.4%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Benson County, ND grew at a rate of 2.04%, from 2.01k employees to 2.05k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Benson County, ND, are Educational Services (372 people), Accommodation & Food Services (223 people), and Public Administration (197 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Benson County, ND, though some of these residents may live in Benson County, ND and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$52,667
Median earning men ± $6,372
$40,212
Median earning women ± $3,022

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($82,500), Manufacturing ($72,750), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($63,333).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($123,333), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($49,583), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($46,154).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.83%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 428k people employed in North Dakota. This represents a 2.83% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 12.3%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in North Dakota.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 41
    Wholesale Trade
  2. 36
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 22
    Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Benson County, ND went to Donald J. Trump with 55.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (41.9%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.99%).

John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer are the senators currently representing the state of North Dakota. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Benson County, ND is currently represented by Kelly Armstrong in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from North Dakota

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John Hoeven
Senator from North Dakota3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011
Kevin Cramer
Senator from North Dakota1
Assumed office on January 3, 2019

John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer are the senators currently representing North Dakota.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Benson County, ND

Kelly Armstrong
North Dakota at-large Representative
Republican Party

Benson County, ND is currently represented by Kelly Armstrong (Republican Party).

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the member for Benson County, ND have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Benson County, ND awarded 43 degrees. The student population of Benson County, ND in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 87 male students and 229 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Benson County, ND are American Indian or Alaska Native (35 and 81.4%), followed by White (7 and 16.3%), Two or More Races (1 and 2.33%), and Asian (0 and 0%).

The largest universities in Benson County, ND by number of degrees awarded are Cankdeska Cikana Community College (43 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Benson County, ND are Liberal Arts & Sciences (10 and 23.3%), Social Work (7 and 16.3%), and Early Childhood Education & Teaching (5 and 11.6%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 316 students enrolled in Benson County, ND, 27.5% men and 72.5% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in American Indian or Alaska Native with 271 records, of which 70.5% were women and 29.5% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 10 degrees awarded
  2. 7 degrees awarded
  3. 4 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Benson County, ND was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 10 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
43 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Cankdeska Cikana Community College with 43 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 12 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Benson County, ND, which is 0.387 times less than the 31 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was American Indian or Alaska Native students. These 35 degrees mean that there were 5 times more degrees awarded to American Indian or Alaska Native students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 7 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($3,600) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($350) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,400) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.399% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.605% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (157k), Some college (149k), and Bachelors Degree (122k).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Benson County, ND was $79,300 in 2022, which is 0.281 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $80,900 to $79,300, a 1.98% decrease. The homeownership rate in Benson County, ND is 71.7%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Benson County, ND have an average commute time of 15.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Benson County, ND is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

In 2022, 14.9% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Benson County, ND. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.22%.

Property

$79,300
Median Property Value 2022
±$15,039
$1,341
Median Property Taxes
±$109

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Benson County, ND the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

71.7%
Homeownership
2022
63.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 71.7% of the housing units in Benson County, ND were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 70.4%.

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Income by Location

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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9402
  2. Census Tract 9401

The following map shows all of the tracts in Benson County, ND colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$63,220
Median Household Income
± $7,031
1.87k
Number of Households
± 148

In 2022, the median household income of the 1.87k households in Benson County, ND grew to $63,220 from the previous year's value of $54,375.

The following chart displays the households in Benson County, ND distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Benson County, ND is from North Dakota.
0.436
2022 Wage GINI in North Dakota
0.433
2021 Wage GINI in North Dakota

In 2022, the income inequality in North Dakota was 0.436 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.835% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for North Dakota was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Dakota in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (73.8%)
  2. Carpooled (10.6%)
  3. Walked (6.26%)

In 2022, 73.8% of workers in Benson County, ND drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.6%) and those who walked to work (6.26%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

15.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Benson County, ND have a shorter commute time (15.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 0.31% of the workforce in Benson County, ND have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Benson County, ND distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Benson County, ND have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 14.9% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Benson County, ND. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.22%.

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Poverty & Diversity

27.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Benson County, ND (1.61k out of 5.93k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 6 - 11, followed by Females 12 - 14 and then Males 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Benson County, ND is Native American, followed by White and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 34.5% of the children was living in poverty in Benson County, ND. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 7.4%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 29.5 in Benson County, ND. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.297 per 100,000 population.

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Health

92% of the population of Benson County, ND has health coverage, with 32.6% on employee plans, 39.9% on Medicaid, 9.96% on Medicare, 8.28% on non-group plans, and 1.26% on military or VA plans.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 51.5% were men and 48.5% were women.

Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 36.7% under 18 years, 18.5% between 18 and 34 years, 30.7% between 35 and 64 years, and 14% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 51.5% were men and 48.5% were women.

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Uninsured People

7.99%
Uninsured
32.6%
Employer Coverage
39.9%
Medicaid
9.96%
Medicare
8.28%
Non-Group
1.26%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Benson County, ND grew by 4.73% from 7.63% to 7.99%.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 176 in Benson County, ND.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 42.2% in Benson County, ND.

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