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Benson is a city in Swift County.
It is the county seat.
The city was named for Ben H. Benson, businessman
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Minnesota named Benson. For links to other places called Benson, MN, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Benson is 45.315N. The longitude is -95.599W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,047 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 3,279.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Benson demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Swift County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 56215 ZIP code.
34% of Benson residents report German ancestry, and 6% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Benson ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Benson was $17,269, compared with $21,587 nationally.
20% of Benson residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
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Median rent in Benson, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $298. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $639.
Libraries in Benson include Benson Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Benson include Swift County Monitor-News
Swift County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Benson political report.
The average commute time for Benson workers is 14 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
Hotels in Benson include Country Inn & Suites Benson.
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