B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    A-
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    A
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    A
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$89,800
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$542
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    35%
  • Own
    65%

Benson Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
A-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    65
    0
  • Murder
    0
    0
  • Rape
    0
    41
  • Robbery
    0
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    162
    1
  • Theft
    65
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    0
    0

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$46,816
National
$53,889
Children
18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    12%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    37%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%
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Benson Reviews

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I really enjoy the family friendly feel of this town. Every business I go to is very welcoming. All the people I know from Benson are so inviting and kind. It truly is a great place to be. I'm glad that I am able to be near this area where everyone is so friendly. The town itself is very nicely kept. The only red flags that I detect is the problem of the school building's slow decline.
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I love fishing and there is ample waterways available to fish off shore and in a boat. Good fishing and great fun.

I camp every summer at a near by state park with the local Girl Scout group. It has availability for tenting or to rent cabins. We have done both.

Beaches are usually pretty small but so are the lakes. They usually are not too crowded and there is usually a group of people willing to play volleyball and have a great time.

Its rural Minnesota, there is farm within a 5 minute drive. My grandpa is a farmer so I grew up in a tractor and loved every second of it.
Usually if you grew up here, you leave for college and move around for a couple years and then you come back to your hometown. People have a sense of pride in their towns for their teams and their events.