Demographics Guide - Benson | San Pedro Valley Chamber of Commerce

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Area at a glance


Benson is located 45 miles from Tucson on I-10 at Hwy 80,
a very high-traffic intersection.

City Population 5,125
Area Population 12,000
Average Age 52.5

    Average Household Income$38,393 (2009)
    Median Housing Value $86,921 (2009)

    Cost of Living81.3 (U.S. Average: 100)
    Total Employment2350 of 2749 potential workers (ADOC estimates, 2010)
    Assessed Valuation$45,889,325 (2012)
    Retail Sales$105,000,000 (2012)
    Taxable Sales$115,000,000 (2012)
    Unemployment 14.5% (August 2012)

    Typically warm, dry and sunny
    Average Rainfall11.3 inches
    Average High Temp.80.3 degrees
    Average Low Temp.45.2 degrees
    Record High111 Degrees
    Record Low-7 Degrees
    Sunny Days per Year278


Benson proper 5,125 (2012 census)
Area 12,000 (per Arizona Dept. of Commerce)


Cochise College
Benson Primary School
Benson Midle School
Benson High School
New West School
San Pedro Valley School
Grace Christian Academy

High School Graduates 77.1%
College Degrees 14.7%
Postgraduate/Professional Degrees 3.6%

Ethnic Composition

•White alone - 3,788 (74.2%)
•Hispanic - 1,126 (22.1%)
•Two or more races - 86 (1.7%)
•Black alone - 43 (0.8%)
•American Indian alone - 32 (0.6%)
•Asian alone - 25 (0.5%)
•Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 5 (0.10%)

Health Care

Benson Hospital
Sierra Vista Regional Health Center
Southeast Arizona Medical Center
Northern Cochise Community Hospital


Benson is a very safe community
Crime Rate 32.6 crimes per 1000 residents (2008)
Law Enforcement Full-time Employees 25
Officers per 1000 population 2.90
Arizona Average 1.97

Major Employers
    Arizona's G&T Cooperatives306
    Benson Unified School District149
    Benson Hospital Corporation125
    Southeastern Arizona Behavioral Health Services100

Area Attractions

Benson Visitor Center--Train Depot
Kartchner Caverns State Park
The Amerind Foundation
Cochise Stronghold
Gammons Gulch Ghost Town
San Pedro Valley Arts and Historical Society/ Benson Museum
Holy Trinity Monastery
San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area
Coronado National Monument
Chiricahua National Monument
Ft. Bowie National Historic Site
Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park

    Total Payroll$86,930,000
    Management/ Professional29.8%
    Construction/ Extraction/Maintenance7.0%
    Arts, Entertainment, Recreation, Accomodation, etc19.7%
    Retail Trade17.5%
    Education, Health, Social Services16.6%
    Transportation, Warehousing, Utilities11.2%
    Public Administration8.3%
    Other Services6.2%
Area in depth

Auto Parts
Auto Repair
Cable TV
Christian School
Civic Club
Economic and Business Development
Food Pantry
Mental Health
Mobile Home Park
Motor Vehicle Processing
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