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"Home of Kartchner Caverns"
Benson is a city in Cochise County, in the Sierra Vista-Douglas metro area.
One tradition says the community was named after William Benson of California, a friend of the president of the Southern Pacific Railroad. Another says it was named for a peddler who made frequent stops
The latitude of Benson is 31.967N. The longitude is -110.293W.It is in the Mountain Standard time zone. Elevation is 3,586 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 4,879.
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17% of Benson residents report German ancestry, and 9% 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 $17,315, compared with $21,587 nationally.
14% of Benson residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Benson, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $351. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $780.
Libraries in Benson include Benson Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Benson include San Pedro Valley News-Sun
Cochise County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Benson political report.
The average commute time for Benson workers is 24 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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