Benson County, ND

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Population

6,875

1.07% growth

Poverty Rate

33.3%


Median Age

30.7


Median Household Income

$44,500

7.15% growth

Number of Employees

2,432

0.123% decline

Median Property Value

$68,900

5.35% growth

About

In 2017, Benson County, ND had a population of 6.88k people with a median age of 30.7 and a median household income of $44,500. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Benson County, ND grew from 6,802 to 6,875, a 1.07% increase and its median household income grew from $41,530 to $44,500, a 7.15% increase.

The population of Benson County, ND is 55.7% American Indian & Alaska Native Alone, 41.3% White Alone, and 1.86% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Benson County, ND speak a non-English language, and 99.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Benson County, ND are Cankdeska Cikana Community College (28 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Benson County, ND is $68,900, and the homeownership rate is 62.8%. Most people in Benson County, ND commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 16.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Benson County, ND is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Benson County, ND employs 2.43k people. The largest industries in Benson County, ND are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (327 people), Educational Services (312 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (290 people), and the highest paying industries are Transportation & Warehousing ($55,417), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($51,250), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($45,875).

Median household income in Benson County, ND is $44,500. Males in Benson County, ND have an average income that is 1.44 times higher than the average income of females, which is $42,424. The income inequality in Benson County, ND (measured using the Gini index) is 0.431, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$44,500

2017 value

± $3,237

7.15%

1 Year Growth

± 7.87%

Households in Benson County, ND have a median annual income of $44,500, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $41,530 in 2016, which represents a 7.15% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$60,998

Average Male Salary

± $3,148

$42,424

Average Female Salary

± $2,091

In 2017, full-time male employees in North Dakota made 1.44 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $46,817 ± $1,967

  2. Two or More Races

    $38,540 ± $11,502

  3. American Indian

    $36,702 ± $8,076

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of North Dakota workers was White. These workers were paid 1.21 times more than Two or More Races workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Benson County, ND is from North Dakota.

0.431

2017 Wage GINI

0.445

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in North Dakota was 0.431 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 3.1% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for North Dakota was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Dakota in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9565

  2. Census Tract 9566

  3. Census Tract 9402

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Benson County, ND was Census Tract 9565 with a value of $56,016, followed by Census Tract 9566 and Census Tract 9402, with respective values of $54,773 and $40,156.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 6 - 11

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

33.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Benson County, ND (2.27k out of 6.82k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 6 - 11, followed by Females 6 - 11 and then Males < 5.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Native American

    1,960 ± 106

  2. White

    281 ± 52

  3. Hispanic

    24 ± 59

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

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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

2.43k

2017 Value

± 138

-0.123%

1 Year decline

± 8.07%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Benson County, ND declined at a rate of -0.123%, from 2.44k employees to 2.43k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Benson County, ND, are Management Occupations (408 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (262 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (183 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Benson County, ND.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Benson County, ND, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (408 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (262 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (183 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Benson County, ND has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (4.93 times higher than expected), Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (1.67 times), and Management Occupations (1.65 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Benson County, ND, by median earnings, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($95,500), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($62,500), and Management Occupations ($54,500).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

2.43k

2017 Value

± 138

-0.123%

1 Year decline

± 8.07%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Benson County, ND declined at a rate of -0.123%, from 2.44k employees to 2.43k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Benson County, ND, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (327 people), Educational Services (312 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (290 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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Most Common

The most common industries in Benson County, ND, by number of employees, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (327 people), Educational Services (312 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (290 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Benson County, ND has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (11.4 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (3.74 times), and Educational Services (1.38 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Benson County, ND, by median earnings, are Transportation & Warehousing ($55,417), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($51,250), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($45,875).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from North Dakota to other states, or from other states to North Dakota.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $43.9B

  2. $11.7B

  3. $11B

In 2015, the top outbound North Dakota product (by dollars) was Crude petroleum with $43.9B, followed by Cereal grains ($11.7B) and Other ag prods. ($11B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound North Dakota products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$118B

2020 Value

$123B

Projected 2045 Value

4.17% growth

In 2020, total outbound North Dakota trade was $118B. This is expected to increase 4.17% to $123B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound North Dakota trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from North Dakota to other states, or from other states to North Dakota.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $13.1B

  2. $10B

  3. $8.77B

In 2015, the top outbound North Dakota domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Minnesota with $13.1B, followed by Texas with $10B and Illinois and $8.77B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that North Dakota shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

86.7% of the population of Benson County, ND has health coverage, with 29.2% on employee plans, 34.1% on Medicaid, 9.91% on Medicare, 12.1% on non-group plans, and 1.38% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Benson County, ND was $9,851 in 2014. This is a 4.97% increase from the previous year ($9,385).

Primary care physicians in Benson County, ND see 0 patients per year on average, which represents a 0% change from the previous year (0 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 6739 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1685 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Rolette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14.5%). Additionally, Rolette County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

0 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Benson County, ND see an average of 0 patients per year. This represents a 0% change from the previous year (0 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

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State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

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Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$9,851

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,410

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,413

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,461

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in North Dakota (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.97%, from $9,385 to $9,851.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

13.3%

Uninsured

29.2%

Employer Coverage

34.1%

Medicaid

9.91%

Medicare

12.1%

Non-Group

1.38%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Benson County, ND declined by 22.2% from 17.1% to 13.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Benson County, ND changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 14.5% prevalence

  2. 13% prevalence

  3. 12.7% prevalence

Rolette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in North Dakota, at 14.5%.

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Diversity

Benson County, ND is home to a population of 6.88k people, from which 99.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.655% of Benson County, ND residents were born outside of the country (45 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Benson County, ND is composed of 3.83k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (55.7%), 2.84k White Alone residents (41.3%), 128 Two or More Races residents (1.86%), 62 Hispanic or Latino residents (0.902%), 9 Asian Alone residents (0.131%), 7 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.102%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 Black or African American Alone residents (0%).

Age

Age by Nativity

31

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

51

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 8.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Benson County, ND was 30.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 31, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 51. But people in Benson County, ND are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Benson County, ND residents was 31.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.655%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

45 people

0.47%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

32 people

As of 2017, 0.655% of Benson County, ND residents (45 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Benson County, ND was 0.47%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    3,426 ± 1,434 people

  2. Canada

    2,477 ± 1,220 people

  3. Philippines

    2,077 ± 1,117 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Dakota was Mexico, the natal country of 3,426 North Dakota residents, followed by Canada with 2,477 and Philippines with 2,077.

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Citizenship

99.8%

2017 Citizenship

99.7%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.8% of Benson County, ND residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Benson County, ND was 99.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. American Indian & Alaska Native Alone

    3.83k ± 47

  2. White Alone

    2.84k ± 9

  3. Two or More Races

    128 ± 42.1

In 2017, there were 1.35 times more American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (3.83k people) in Benson County, ND than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.84k White Alone and 128 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Benson County, ND as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    184 ± 40

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    40 ± 24

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    35 ± 21

Benson County, ND has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 4.6 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Benson County, ND awarded 28 degrees. The student population of Benson County, ND is skewed towards women, with 94 male students and 148 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Benson County, ND are American Indian or Alaska Native (25 and 89.3%), followed by White (2 and 7.14%), Hispanic or Latino (1 and 3.57%), and Asian (0 and 0%).

The largest universities in Benson County, ND by number of degrees awarded are Cankdeska Cikana Community College (28 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Benson County, ND are Liberal Arts & Sciences (9 and 32.1%), General Business Administration & Management (5 and 17.9%), and Carpenter (3 and 10.7%).

The median tuition costs in Benson County, ND are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Benson County, ND was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 9 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Benson County, ND according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

28 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Benson County, ND institution with the largest number of graduating students was Cankdeska Cikana Community College with 28 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

11

Degrees Awarded to Men

17

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 11 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Benson County, ND, which is 0.647 times less than the 17 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. American Indian or Alaska Native

    25 degrees awarded

  2. White

    2 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Benson County, ND were to American Indian or Alaska Native students. These 25 degrees mean that there were 12.5 times more American Indian or Alaska Native students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 2 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Benson County, ND was $68,900 in 2017, which is 0.3 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $65,400 to $68,900, a 5.35% increase. The homeownership rate in Benson County, ND is 62.8%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Benson County, ND have an average commute time of 16.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Benson County, ND is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$68,900

2017 Median

± $7,136

$65,400

2016 Median

± $4,699

In 2017, the median property value in Benson County, ND grew to to $68,900 from the previous year's value of $65,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Benson County, ND compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Benson County, ND the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

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$44,500

Median Household Income

± $3,237

2.29k

Number of Households

± 134

In 2017, the median household income of the 2.29k households in Benson County, ND grew to $44,500 from the previous year's value of $41,530.

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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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Benson County, ND 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

62.8%

2017 Homeownership

62.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 62.8% of the housing units in Benson County, ND were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 62.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Benson County, ND compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

16.3 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Benson County, ND have a shorter commute time (16.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.79% of the workforce in Benson County, ND have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    73.9%

  2. Worked At Home

    9.54%

  3. Carpooled

    9.07%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Benson County, ND was Drove Alone (73.9%), followed by those who Worked At Home (9.54%) and those who Carpooled (9.07%).

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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Transportation

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, followed by 1 car.

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