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The 2000 Census showed that Benson County had a population of 6,964 people. This represented 1.08% of the total population of North Dakota, making it the state's 19th most populous county (out of 53 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Benson had a population of 6,910 people. This is a decrease of 0.78% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
20106,660-4.37%-3.62% since 2009
20096,910-0.78%+0.67% since 2008
20086,864-1.44%-0.2% since 2007
20076,878-1.23%-0.22% since 2006
20066,893-1.02%-0.13% since 2005
20056,902-0.89%-0.22% since 2004
20046,917-0.67%+1.11% since 2003
20036,841-1.77%+0.63% since 2002
20026,798-2.38%-2.07% since 2001
20016,942-0.32%-0.32% since 2000
20006,964The Last Census

Benson County had 2,932 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Benson County has a total area<3> of 1,439 square miles [3,727 km²]. Of this total, 1,380 square miles [3,575 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (4.08%) being water (58.7 square miles [152 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Benson County had a population density of 5.04 people per square mile [1.95 people/km²], making it the state's 21st most densely populated county (out of 53 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Benson County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Benson and the state of North Dakota.

Click here for the Benson County QuickFact (QF-38005).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Benson County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Benson County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
EddyQF-38027   SE2,2882,757-17.01%
NelsonQF-38063   E3,1293,715-15.77%
PierceQF-38069   W3,9904,675-14.65%
RamseyQF-38071   E11,24012,066-6.85%
TownerQF-38095   N2,2092,876-23.19%
WellsQF-38103   S4,0925,102-19.8%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Benson. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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